Song of the Day #3,207: ‘I Wanted To Be Wrong’ – R.E.M.

‘I Wanted To Be Wrong’ has the dubious distinction of being the best song on the worst album by one of the best bands of all time.

2004’s Around the Sun was R.E.M.’s unlucky 13th album, the third without drummer Bill Berry and their most uninspired effort. Only this song and one or two others are worth hearing.

Fortunately, the Random iTunes Fairy had the sense to pick ‘I Wanted To Be Wrong’ and not one of its lackluster siblings.

[Verse 1]
You know where I come from
You know what I feel
You’re Yul Brenner Westworld
Reporting from the field
I threw it into reverse
Made a motion to repeal
You kicked my legs from under me
And tried to take the wheel

I told you I wanted to be wrong
But everyone is humming a song
That I don’t understand

[Verse 2]
Now I know that the sun has shined on my side of the street
The basket of America, the weevils and the wheat
The milk and honeyed congregation, scrubbed and apple-cheeked
Salute Apollo 13 from the rattle jewelry seats
Mythology’s seductive and it turned a trick on me
That I have just begun to understand


[Verse 3]
The rodeo is staged, gold circle goat-ropers and clowns
A rumble in the third act, tie ’em up and burn ’em down
We’re armed to the teeth, born a little breech
Blue-plate special analysts, cells and SUV’s
We can’t approach the Allies cause they seem a little peeved
And speak a language we don’t understand


(prop up The Omega Man, we’re primed for victory
God gave us the upper hand, there’s honor among thieves
Temper it with arrogance, a dash of sad conceit
The top’s down on the T-Bird, we’re the children of the free)

Storm into the boardroom of the conquering elite
Did you recognize the madman who is shouting in the streets?
Destroy the things that I don’t understand[x2]

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,207: ‘I Wanted To Be Wrong’ – R.E.M.

  1. Dana says:

    Well, glad to hear the best song and be spared the rest.😄

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