Song of the Day #2,039: ‘Stumble’ – R.E.M.

chronic_townAnother early R.E.M. track, this one as early as they get (at least when it comes to their studio releases). Chronic Town is a 1982 EP that was released before Murmur, their full-length debut.

The band hadn’t quite found their groove on this EP, but all of the elements are in place. And the release does feature ‘Gardening at Night,’ a classic R.E.M. track.

Given Michael Stipe’s mumbling style, particularly on R.E.M.’s early albums, I’m thrilled to have found an archive of his lyrics that appears to be spot-on. The site (The Complete R.E.M. Lyrics Archive) contains this disclaimer: “These lyrics are official only when stated and in other cases represent a collaborative interpretation by fans.”

We’ll stumble through the yard
We’ll stumble through the yard
We’ll stumble through the A-P-T
We’ll stumble through the yard
Force fields. Explorer racing home, the ancient star.
Yellow mixed with golden hue.
Scan the graveyard, dead there be.
Ball and chain. Ball and chain.
Ball and chain. Ball and chain.

(Repeat 1st verse 3 times)

It was round about midnight. Hipster town.
Imagine going for a walk.
Things get around to taking place. It’s not a waste of time.
The rich got a little poorer.
Things get around to taking place. If they’re gonna happen at all.
Don’t need that jazz. Don’t need that stuff.
It was round about midnight. Hipster town.
It was round about midnight. Hipster town.

(Repeat 1st verse)

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,039: ‘Stumble’ – R.E.M.

  1. Dana says:

    Love their early sound.

    What the hell is the APT? Apartment?

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