R.E.M. – It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Oh. My. GOD. You guys. I didn’t want to be cheesy, or premature, in playing this song, but there was a LITERAL FUCKING EARTHQUAKE AT MY HOUSE THIS MORNING!!!!!!!
AN. EARTHQUAKE. Epicenter in southeastern Massachusetts. 4.0 on the Richter scale.
I am sorry, but I can NOT get over that. It was loud and rumbly, like a truck dropped a dumpster right outside our house, lasting a few seconds. It’s not like I live in California and can just overlook the symbolism here because this kind of thing happens every day. An earthquake at a place called Bliss Corner. I mean get the fuck out of here!!! There is some karma coming and I am here for it!!
I can’t wait. A woman whose parents were immigrants from India and Jamaica is going to be the Vice President after the virulently racist administration we’ve had to endure these past four years. What a giant slap in the face to Stephen Miller and all the other ghouls infecting the White House. I can’t wait to see the string of scientists and experts that are allowed to flood back into our government. A First Lady who is an educator with a PhD (and a master’s from my alma mater – we were there at the same time!). Kick that fucking Betsy DeVos to the curb, Jill! I can’t wait to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, to undo everything Cheeto has done by executive order or departmental guidelines. To return to treating our allies like allies. I read that they rang the bells in Paris and had fireworks in London (handy leftovers from Guy Fawkes Day). The bully is on his way out and the world is relieved.
It is the end of the world as we know it, and I really do feel fine.
The best version of this song is from the show I went to in Providence, RI (where they most definitely felt the earthquake today) on Black Monday, October 19, 1987, and no one can ever change my mind. I got a usb cassette player for my birthday so I can digitize my bootlegs and had intended to do that before I would post this song but was pre-empted by an actual earthquake and my need to post this song immediately!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never too early for some joy. I’ve been so sad about the results (no senate and 70M plus votes for racist kleptocrats), I almost forgot that good change is coming. So thanks for the shake up … ha! … it IS the end of the world as we know it and, thank goodness! This song captures my complicated mix of feelings … relief, panic, anger, acceptance, defiance, and hope. Thanks!
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Also, would love another post with the live bootleg version of this once you have it digitized. I’m sure occasions will arise. Maybe January 5th! Or 20th!!
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My original thought had been after noon on January 20, which gives me plenty of time.
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