R.E.M. – I don’t believe yet, but it’s over

Posted: October 4, 2011 in lyrics, music, news
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In the last September 21, on their official website, www.remhq.com,  R.E.M. said that it would be disbanding after more than 30 years together:

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M.

In their own words: The guys share their thoughts on why now.

MIKE

“During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, ‘what next’? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.
“We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this–there’s no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We’ve made this decision together, amicably and with each other’s best interests at heart. The time just feels right.”

MICHAEL

“A wise man once said–‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it.
“I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.
“We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing.”

PETER

“One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.
“Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it’s only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world.”

“A wise man once said — ‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave. We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it. I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end; and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way. We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years, our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing.” Michael Stype

I’LL TAKE THE RAIN
(FROM THE ALBUM “REVEAL”)

The rain came down
The rain came down
The rain came down on me.
The wind blew strong
The summer’s song
Fades to memory.

I knew you when
I loved you then
The summer’s yawn, now hopeless.
You laid me bare
You marked me there
The promises we made.

I used to think, as birds take wing,
They sing through life, so why can’t we?
We cling to this, and claim the best
If this is what you’re offering
I’ll take the rain, I’ll take the rain.

The nighttime creases
Summer schemes
And stretches out to stay.
The sun shines down
You came around
You loved the easy days.

But now the sun,
The winter’s come.
I wanted just to say
That if I hold
I’d hoped you’d fold And open up inside, inside of me.

I used to think
As birds take wing
They sing through life, so why can’t we?
We cling to this, and claim the best
If this is what you’re offering
I’ll take the rain, I’ll take the rain, I’ll take the rain.

This winter’s song
I’ll sing along
I’ve searched its still refrain
I’ll walk alone
If given this,
Take wing, and celebrate the rain.

I used to think
As birds take wing
They sing through life, so why can’t we?
We cling to this, and claim the best
If this is what you’re offering
I’ll take the rain, I’ll take the rain, I’ll take the rain.

We’ll miss you, guys! Enjoy the gallery.

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