Song of the Day #5,020: ‘Wind Out’ – R.E.M.

‘Wind Out’ (or ‘Windout’ as it appears on the album liner notes) is a track included on R.E.M.’s 1987 collection of odds and ends, Dead Letter Office.

In the album’s entertaining liner notes, written by guitarist Peter Buck with a fair amount of self-deprecating wit (thought not in this case), the song is described this way:

This is one of our earliest songs, written in the summer of 1980. We recorded it for our second album. In retrospect, I think that it would have fit on Reckoning very well, but at the time we decided not to included it.
> a soundtrack that shall remain nameless.

The soundtrack Buck declined to name was for the Tom Hanks movie Bachelor Party. I haven’t seen that movie in decades, and I’m sure it doesn’t hold up very well, but I remember finding it quite funny as a teen.

[Chorus 1]
Windout, if you’re out of wind
Windout, if you’re really spent
Windout, if you’re young and red

[Chorus 2]
Yeah, tick tock, it’s tine o’clock
Once is good enough, you really go

[Verse 1]
So find out – if you’re really spent
Find out – if you’re out of wind
Windout – if you’re out of sin

[Chorus 2]

[Verse 2]
There’s no doubt – that you’re feeling fine
No doubt – that you’re out of mind
No doubt – that you’re young and red
Windout – if you’re really spent
Find out – if you’re young and red
Windout – if you’re out of wind
If you’re young and red
Tick tock time to clock my band
Once is good enough, you really go

[Outro]
Windout, find out, no doubt[x2]
Windout, windout, windout

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,020: ‘Wind Out’ – R.E.M.

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m sure I saw Bachelor Party, but have no recollection of it, let alone the soundtrack.

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