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R.E.M. — So. Central Rain
Album: Reckoning
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7.7

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Total ratings: 2158









Released: 1984
Length: 3:09
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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
I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry

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
I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry

Did you never call? I waited for your call
These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
The ocean sang, the conversation's dimmed
Go build yourself another dream, this choice isn't mine
I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry
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This song and album along with Murmur are some of the best of their time and worth a listen, they could and should belong in heaps of millennials record collections.
Great song for the moment. I can keep dancing round my room. Matches my morning energy. Thank you
Driver 8 and Fireplace have to be up there for best REM tracks...
 dancnbarefoot wrote:
The memories swell when I listen to this. Coming back from class in college and putting this album, yes album, on and dancing.Best of times.
 
You and me both!
The memories swell when I listen to this. Coming back from class in college and putting this album, yes album, on and dancing.Best of times.
My favourite part is right at the end when someone else in the band starts beating Michael Stipe over the head with a piano.
Driving to the old Buick, long path to Dallas with my full trailer with this cassette early in 1985.  Great days.
Still a nice "alt-folk" tune...all these years later
A solid 2.  If there was ever a whiney vocalist, it's Stipe.  He oughta change the title of this to "I'm Whiney."  

{#Moon}
8—>9 today.  Such a good song.
 wrangler wrote:

no such thing!  {#Cowboy}

 
Ummm. no
Greetings from So. Central Ave {#Cowboy}
 Radio_Melodia wrote:
Too much R.E.M. for me on this station. 
 

 
no such thing!  {#Cowboy}
Too much R.E.M. for me on this station. 
 
 Shaken_Bake wrote:
I've never loved a song so much which lyrics were absolutely undecipherable!  (I'm sorry.)

 
Well not absolutely undecipherable - I also belt out the SORRY part with Mr. Stipe. 
Sitting in a bar in Berkeley in the latter 80s, waiting for the Replacements to take the stage (or was it The Nails?) and this comes on overhead. The crowd starts bobbing and hopping and nodding in hipster acknowledgment. The guy next to me, face gleeful, leans over and says "I have no idea what's up - but he's certainly sorry!"

What a great time this was. 
I've never loved a song so much which lyrics were absolutely undecipherable!  (I'm sorry.)
twoplain2sea wrote:


             Sorry, here you talking to Central train station.
   So hear,  my name is Rasmus, and my middle name is Robinson.
          And,  you can kiss goodbye to your luggage claim.

 
 Snortling so here now. And I was just settling in good to my typically pious R.E.M. reverie. 


             Sorry, here you talking to Central train station.
   So hear,  my name is Rasmus, and my middle name is Robinson.
          And,  you can kiss goodbye to your luggage claim.
REM jars with me - thoroughly dislike their music - just don't get them. Every track sounds samey
 
 stalfnzo wrote:
I used to LOVE REM. Then I heard them in concert. By far my least enjoyable concert. He seemed bored, at best. Uninspired. Just going through the motions. No EMOTION. Too bad.

  Too bad you didn't catch them earlier.  Mr. Stipe was frenetic!


 don't be sorry, be happy..{#Cheesygrin}
 wrangler wrote:
We just moved into out new house on So. Central Ave, and it's raining today  {#Cowboy}

 
I'm sorry...
I used to LOVE REM. Then I heard them in concert. By far my least enjoyable concert. He seemed bored, at best. Uninspired. Just going through the motions. No EMOTION. Too bad.
We just moved into out new house on So. Central Ave, and it's raining today  {#Cowboy}
ahh to be young again.. uhh no thanks  {#Smile}
God I loved them back then and this whole album.  Never get tired of it!
 rdo wrote:


If you really took that vote, then five crappy REM songs would win, like stuff off of Monster.   Here are my votes:  Begin the Begin, Perfect Circle, Radio Free Europe, Time After Time, I am Superman.  I know the last one is a cover, and I shudder to think I am saying a cover should be in the top five songs of perhaps the greatest American band, but I still have never heard the Clique original and that's the story I am sticking to.

 

Great choices!  Especially Begin the Begin one of my personal favs also.{#Cheers}
 treatment_bound wrote:


BWAAAA.... That's a classic.  Might be as good as Prince Rogers Neslon's --->



 


perfect 10.  {#Cowboy}
wow... when they were great, they were really great.
 Sloggydog wrote:

Agreed but even when they were poor I think the Album cover could have used a spruce up.  I remember my Dad thought this was homemade when I bought the cassette.  

Oh also to join the debate on best ever REM songs I offer - Country Feedback, World Leader Pretend and King Of Birds.
 


Yeah, I know what you mean...  the album cover looks very intestinal...


but the album cover is not important—  what matters most is the music, and every song on the album be soooo good...

we be dancing... love this song...
 

 le_colonel wrote:
Yeah, if this isn't a ten, I don't know what is...

 
Agreed! Crank it UP!
Yeah, if this isn't a ten, I don't know what is...
 Lazarus wrote:

fantastic song from a GREAT album...
 
 
Agreed but even when they were poor I think the Album cover could have used a spruce up.  I remember my Dad thought this was homemade when I bought the cassette.  

Oh also to join the debate on best ever REM songs I offer - Country Feedback, World Leader Pretend and King Of Birds.

fantastic song from a GREAT album...
 


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this winter day...
 
When Monster was released I thought it was quite different and very good. Now, even though I still enjoy some of the songs from it, I don't think it stacks up to their earlier work or their later Automatic For The People.
 gandalfbmg wrote:


ugh, again with the hate for Monster... It's a good album...

But still none of its songs taken individually stack up to this one, which is far and away their best song...
 
{#Sorry}  Sorry, I'll stop raggin on Monster.   I know people like it.  It's just that it...oops, I'll shut up.   {#Zip-lip} {#Taped-shut} {#Lol}

This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this autumn night...
I enjoy this era REM, but always thought this song quite wimpy
 Cynaera wrote:

I'm gonna hope romeotuma's referring to DANCING (there was a dance in the '60's called The Shag)  but even if he isn't, it's still some mighty multi-tasking. {#Roflol}
 

Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace... 
 rdo wrote:


If you really took that vote, then five crappy REM songs would win, like stuff off of Monster.   Here are my votes:  Begin the Begin, Perfect Circle, Radio Free Europe, Time After Time, I am Superman.  I know the last one is a cover, and I shudder to think I am saying a cover should be in the top five songs of perhaps the greatest American band, but I still have never heard the Clique original and that's the story I am sticking to.
 

ugh, again with the hate for Monster... It's a good album...

But still none of its songs taken individually stack up to this one, which is far and away their best song...


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this summer day...



This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this spring night...

 
 sirdroseph wrote:

No, I think if you were to take a concensus vote for best REM song, my guess this one would win or at least be in the top 5. It certainly gets my vote.

 

If you really took that vote, then five crappy REM songs would win, like stuff off of Monster.   Here are my votes:  Begin the Begin, Perfect Circle, Radio Free Europe, Time After Time, I am Superman.  I know the last one is a cover, and I shudder to think I am saying a cover should be in the top five songs of perhaps the greatest American band, but I still have never heard the Clique original and that's the story I am sticking to.


This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this spring day...

 

very nice




This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this winter evening...

 


marvelous...  love it...
 
 sirdroseph wrote:
No, I think if you were to take a concensus vote for best REM song, my guess this one would win or at least be in the top 5. It certainly gets my vote.
 
Stand.
Love it!  {#Sunny} 10



Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...  (and this whole album...)

 
This brings me back to when I was still in school. A friend and I just finished a bike trip down the east coast that ended in Athens GA. We met up with some friends, took some X and went to a park where the Chickasaw Mud Puppies were playing. We were awash in feelings of joy in the day and completion of our trip, and who is there dancing away with us - Stipe. At least in my mind we were all celebrating together. Just a great time of my life.

Everybody here just started dancing...  volume is wayyyy up...  love it...
 
 sirdroseph wrote:

No, I think if you were to take a concensus vote for best REM song, my guess this one would win or at least be in the top 5. It certainly gets my vote.

 
This is a great song but my personal favorite REM song is "Belong".

Nice bit of 12-string action there ...
A friend introduced me to this album shortly after it was released in '84. I kind of liked it at first but after a few listens I thought it was fantastic stuff! Ended up seeing them live 5 times starting with the Fables tours at the Commodore in Vancouver - Simply awesome!

Met them (except Peter Buck) after the Monster show in '95 at the Colosseum.

All their great albums were the early ones ending with Automatic For The People.

This one's a solid 8. 
Songs that were playing when my grandparents died: 

1. So. Central Rain
2. Simple Man
3. Refugee 



We be dancing again...  love this song...



The beginning strains of this song always - ALWAYS! - guarantee that I'll listen to the whole song and love it.
Always brings on a wave of wistful nostalgia ... and the urge to DANCE in a most disorganized way! {#Sunny}


What a classic...  always nice to hear it...

 
Listen to this song, listen to the recent effort. This is so very good.
That guitar...


We be dancing...  love it...

 

 Cynaera wrote:

I'm gonna hope romeotuma's referring to DANCING (there was a dance in the '60's called The Shag)  but even if he isn't, it's still some mighty multi-tasking. {#Roflol}
 
Oh, yes...  The Shag...  oh, yes...

 

 fredriley wrote:

Shagging and typing? Talk of multi-tasking... ;)

 
I'm gonna hope romeotuma's referring to DANCING (there was a dance in the '60's called The Shag)  but even if he isn't, it's still some mighty multi-tasking. {#Roflol}
 fredriley wrote:

Shagging and typing? Talk of multi-tasking... ;)
 


And dancing, too...  love this song...

 
 romeotuma wrote:
We be shagging...  love it...
 
Shagging and typing? Talk of multi-tasking... ;)



This really is a great song...  I remember when this album came out...  time flies when you're having fun... sigh...

 

 Cynaera wrote:

LOL - romeotuma, you just make me grin from ear to ear.  When I hear the first guitar notes of this song, I just get shivers and close my eyes to soak it up. It's one of those pieces that moves me on so many levels I can't even convey them in words. To me, this is one of R.E.M.'s best songs. I'm sure people will disagree, and thank goodness for that! {#Dancingbanana}
 
No, I think if you were to take a concensus vote for best REM song, my guess this one would win or at least be in the top 5. It certainly gets my vote.

 DEWBKEY wrote:
great band great show so many years ago 
I was there, too ... great memories of better days.



perfect...


 peter_james_bond wrote:

Yes, from one of their best albums. I keep going back to side 1, it is amazing. {#Cheers}
 


Yes, this album is really holding up well over time...  it's still rock solid...  and this is a great song...

 
 Cynaera wrote:

LOL - romeotuma, you just make me grin from ear to ear.  When I hear the first guitar notes of this song, I just get shivers and close my eyes to soak it up. It's one of those pieces that moves me on so many levels I can't even convey them in words. To me, this is one of R.E.M.'s best songs. I'm sure people will disagree, and thank goodness for that! {#Dancingbanana}
 
Yes, from one of their best albums. I keep going back to side 1, it is amazing. {#Cheers}

Sorry! Sooorrrrryyy! I know you love them, but I HATE R.E.M. so SICK of them! There, I've said it. Now you can enjoy. {#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Naughty}
Such a sorry ass song.
 DEWBKEY wrote:
great band great show so many years ago

 

Yes, I know what you mean...  seems like yesterday...  time flies when we're having fun...  sigh...  this is a great song from a seminal album...


great band great show so many years ago

 musickat wrote:

Cynaera, you make be grin from ear to ear.... such a perceptive soul I think.

 
Hugs to you, musickat. Geez, and it STILL gives me shivers, even now. How I love RP...

My favorite REM song, period. I remember the first time I saw the video on Mtv....good memories. {#Good-vibes}
 musickat wrote:

Cynaera, you make be grin from ear to ear.... such a perceptive soul I think.
 


I agree... and this song be soooo good...

 
 Cynaera wrote:

LOL - romeotuma, you just make me grin from ear to ear.  When I hear the first guitar notes of this song, I just get shivers and close my eyes to soak it up. It's one of those pieces that moves me on so many levels I can't even convey them in words. To me, this is one of R.E.M.'s best songs. I'm sure people will disagree, and thank goodness for that! {#Dancingbanana}
 
Cynaera, you make be grin from ear to ear.... such a perceptive soul I think.



This is soooo dang good...

 



absolutely awesome...  love it...


 Jelani wrote:
 You mean when they're acceptable, right?
 
No, I believe he meant when they were really good.  I know a lot of really good bands that might not be considered "acceptable" by some.

 Cynaera wrote:

LOL - romeotuma, you just make me grin from ear to ear.  When I hear the first guitar notes of this song, I just get shivers and close my eyes to soak it up. It's one of those pieces that moves me on so many levels I can't even convey them in words. To me, this is one of R.E.M.'s best songs. I'm sure people will disagree, and thank goodness for that! {#Dancingbanana}
 


I know exactly what you mean, and I agree completely with you...

 romeotuma wrote:


We just turned the volume wayyyy up and started dancing here...  love it...


 
LOL - romeotuma, you just make me grin from ear to ear.  When I hear the first guitar notes of this song, I just get shivers and close my eyes to soak it up. It's one of those pieces that moves me on so many levels I can't even convey them in words. To me, this is one of R.E.M.'s best songs. I'm sure people will disagree, and thank goodness for that! {#Dancingbanana}


One of the greatest REM songs and one of the best songs out of the 80's!{#Cheers}

R.E.M. by ~JSaurer
©2008-2010 ~JSaurer

the finest american band of the 80s,
airbrush & collage, 1990

 Bosami wrote:
9>10

What was I thinking? Love it.
 


Yes!  I agree, too!



 Bosami wrote:
9>10

What was I thinking? Love it.
 

Agreed!


We just turned the volume wayyyy up and started dancing here...  love it...


I'm sorry
Murmur and Reckoning: one of the greatest one-two punches in album history, IMO. 
 Bosami wrote:
9>10

What was I thinking? Love it.
  Me too! 


HEM does an exquisite, slow version of this—-


We be shagging...  love it...


Nothing like those first few r.e.m. albums.  They were tapping the Source of true creativity because they weren't thinking about it.  Michael's voice was unfettered emotion.


soooo cool...  love it...




fantastic...  love it...


See - the '80s weren't so bad.
 mcYammer wrote:
surprisingly well-enunciated, stipe!
 

In the old days, clever critics used to make jokes about how Michael mumbled his lyrics...  I think they were mistaken...  they really hurt Michael's feelings...  I think they were just jealous...

this is a great song...


surprisingly well-enunciated, stipe!
one of my favorite REM songs from their best era as a band.
9>10

What was I thinking? Love it.


love it...  love this whole album...


Well, I can't say anything bad about this song. It's a good one.
 Bosami wrote:


Do you have an opinion of this song? Just wondering! {#Biggrin}

You must have the record for hearing/posting this one on RP.

Couldn't agree with you more though - fantastic song - great album.

Cheers!
 

Cheers to you, too!  (This is a great song mumble mumble mumble...  sorry, I had to say it!)  {#Angel}


 romeotuma wrote:


love this song...
 

Do you have an opinion of this song? Just wondering! {#Biggrin}

You must have the record for hearing/posting this one on RP.

Couldn't agree with you more though - fantastic song - great album.

Cheers!


love this song...


 Papernapkin wrote:
Sounds like a sorry wimp song.
 
{#Roflol}{#Ass}{#Stupid}
 sirdroseph wrote:

Another example of REM when they were really good! Great song!!{#Notworthy}

  You mean when they're acceptable, right?


 sirdroseph wrote:

Another example of REM when they were really good! Great song!!{#Notworthy}


 

Yes, this song is fantastic!


Another example of REM when they were really good! Great song!!{#Notworthy}


 jonrox wrote:
Such a brilliant, haunting REM song. One of my top ten songs ever and never fails to stir me
 

I feel the same way about it— this really is a great song...


Such a brilliant, haunting REM song. One of my top ten songs ever and never fails to stir me
Did you never call? I waited for your call
These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
The ocean sang, the conversation's dimmed
Go build yourself another dream, this choice isn't mine


Nice! {#Notworthy}