Song of the Day #3,802: ‘Finest Worksong’ – R.E.M.

‘Finest Worksong’ is the lead-off track on R.E.M.’s fifth studio album, 1987’s Document. It was the third single released, following the hits ‘The One I Love’ and ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).’

The band released an album per year from 1983 through 1988, including the holy trinity of Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction and Life’s Rich Pageant. This record followed those career-defining releases and was a bit of a departure both sonically and thematically.

The sound was a lot harder and the lyrics a lot more political than anything preceding it. Fewer jangling guitars, less mumbling Michael Stipe.

How crazy to think that even this “new-style” R.E.M. album is more than 30 years old. This is a golden oldie.

[Verse 1]
The time to rise has been engaged
You’d better best to rearrange
I’m talking here to me alone
I listen to the finest worksong

[Chorus]
Your finest hour
Your finest hour

[Verse 2]
Another chance has been engaged
To throw Thoreau and rearrange
You are following this time
I beg you not beg to rhyme

[Chorus]
(Oh) Your finest hour
(Oh) Your finest hour

[Verse 3]
Take your instinct by the reins
You’d better best to rearrange
What we want and what we need
Has been confused, been confused

[Chorus]
(Oh) Your finest hour
(Oh) Your finest hour

[Verse 4]
Take your instinct by the reins
Better best to rearrange
What we want and what we need
Has been confused, been confused

[Chorus]
(Oh) Your finest hour
(Oh) Your finest hour

[Outro]
(Oh) Your finest hour
(Oh) Your finest hour

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,802: ‘Finest Worksong’ – R.E.M.

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I could have sworn that “….End of the World…” was released earlier than 1987 as I never associated that song with Document. In any event, I never warmed to Document the way I did to the preceding two albums.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    I love their sound

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