Every morning when I took the kids to kindergarten and get back to my desk I take out a couple of CDs I would listen to while working, then – after a short hesitation – I pull out “Part lies…”, throw it in the CD-player (where I usually find some Pearl Jam/the National/Sportfreunde Stiller that my husband sneaked in when he came home last night), turn on “Hallelujah” and swear to myself that I would NOT hit the repeat button this time. As soon as the last “Hallelujah” is sung I turn around and hit repeat… and again and again.
It's fitting that the last R.E.M. song is so powerful, evocative, and beautiful. I don't follow any other bands, so I will miss never getting a new R.E.M. album. Thanks for the soundtrack to my life, and for this most beautiful goodbye.
"The air was calm..."
This is really the best LAST song they could have come up with. A great way to say goodbye.
They could have gone with I'M GONNA DJ, they could have gone with IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, they could have gone with MAN ON THE MOON... or with WE ALL GO BACK TO WHERE WE BELONG...
But this is beautiful. BEAU - TI - FUL!
I can't imagine what it's going to be like, never to hear another NEW REM SONG, never again.