‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe

‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’

by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe

“…Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped
Look at that low plane, fine, then
Uh oh, overflow, population, common group
But it’ll do, save yourself, serve yourself
World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed
Tell me with the Rapture and the reverent in the right, right
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light
Feeling pretty psyched…”

You can read the lyrics in full here. R.E.M.’s stream of consciousness song first appeared on the album Document in 1987.

Why not tell us your favourite poetic lyrics?

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2 Responses to ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe

  1. Peter J says:

    Questionable whether lyrics such as these can properly be described as poetry. I, for one, will be glad when this feature returns to poetry rather than so-called poetic lyrics. When read out of context these can produce an effect similar to that obtained by up-ending a wheelie-bin.

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    • SurreyLibs says:

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your input. We feel writing song lyrics can be a form of poetry even if it is not the original intent of the artist and thought that it would be nice to reflect this for a month. If you have any suggestions for content be it your own work or favourite work, we would be happy to use it.

      Many thanks

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