Song of the Day #3,409: ‘So. Central Rain (Unplugged)’ – R.E.M.

R.E.M. appeared on MTV’s Unplugged twice, a decade apart, in 1991 and 2001. The band was arguably a bigger deal on the earlier performance, which followed the release of the multi-platinum Out of Time and hit single ‘Losing My Religion.’

They would go on the achieve massive success through the mid-90s but by the new millennium things had changed. Drummer Bill Berry left the band and their most recent releases sold less than anything they’d recorded since joining a major label.

Both Unplugged performances were released on a 2-disc set in 2014 as a treat for fans a few years after the band’s breakup.

Today’s clip is from the 2001 show and features a haunting performance of one of my favorite R.E.M. songs.

[Verse 1]
Did you never call? I waited for your call
These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
The trees will bend, the cities wash away
The city on the river there is a girl without a dream

[Chorus]
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry

[Verse 2]
Eastern to Mountain, third party call, the lines are down
The wise man built his words upon the rocks
But I’m not bound to follow suit
The trees will bend, the conversation’s dimmed
Go build yourself another home, this choice isn’t mine

[Chorus]
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry

[Verse 1]
Did you never call? I waited for your call
These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
The trees will bend, the cities wash away
The city on the river there is a girl without a dream

[Chorus]
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,409: ‘So. Central Rain (Unplugged)’ – R.E.M.

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Beautiful song, beautifully done.

  2. Rob says:

    One of my all-time favorite REM tunes.

  3. Amy says:

    How do I not have that album? I need to start listening to REM again.

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