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R.E.M. — Until The Day Is Done
Album: Accelerate
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7.2

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Total ratings: 841








Released: 2008
Length: 3:59
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The battle's been lost, the war is not won
An addled republic, a bitter refund
The business first flat-earthers licking their wounds
The verdict is dire, the country's in ruins

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done
Until the day is done

So we've written our stories to entertain
These notions of glory and bull market gain
The teleprompt flutters, the power surge springs
An easy-speak message falls into routine

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done
Until the day is done

A voice whispers "Son,
The blessed vision comes"
What have I done
What have I done

So hold tight your babies and your guns
Forgive us our trespasses, father and son

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
Until the day is done
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MORE R.E.M - - PLEASE!! Totally underrated. Fixed it.
NO MORE R.E.M - - PLEASE!! Totally overrated.
 Proclivities wrote:

Even Dwight Eisenhower read from a teleprompter when he gave a speech or address on TV, as has every President and politician since then.  Before then, they read from written speeches.  Does anyone really believe there was a time when politicians improvised a speech or address on the fly?
 

Maybe in the States.  North of the border there's a fine tradition of spontaneous oratory, especially in francophone Canada.

I heard echoes of Jethro Tull..
Echoes of early REM. Thank you for opening our eyes to this.
 oldsaxon wrote:

Because it's the way of politics since Kennedy, maybe? The world has no leaders, just politicians.

 
Even Dwight Eisenhower read from a teleprompter when he gave a speech or address on TV, as has every President and politician since then.  Before then, they read from written speeches.  Does anyone really believe there was a time when politicians improvised a speech or address on the fly?
Yeah, this is right up there with that classic sound like they had on Fables of..., Document, Green, and other pinnacle releases of theirs
a very nice one. very nice indeed.
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this song...
 perikleshokie wrote:

"The teleprompter flutters, the power surge brings
An easy-speak message falls into routine"

Amazing!  How did they know beforehand?  Spooky....


 
Because it's the way of politics since Kennedy, maybe? The world has no leaders, just politicians.
Something in this song reminds me of REM of old and of times beyond that...sweet, and prayerful, firey and magikal. 
 
Heck, stopped listening to REM after a few bum albums, but this really is a return to form - and heck, it's already 5 years old!

Love this song, first time I've ever heard it. 
Wow...didn't realize how much I missed them until now.
 Segue wrote:
Great song!!
 

I agree..  this song is marvelous...  love it...
 
Great song!!
 hayduke2 wrote:
I much admire the writings of Mr. Romeo,  his joy is contagious
 

Thank you!  Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
I much admire the writings of Mr. Romeo,  his joy is contagious
REMiniscent of a better time for REM.  Great tune!


This song puts a spring in my step this spring morning...

 
 sirdroseph wrote:


Pretty much my thoughts on this as well.
 
That's right.   Stipe was a better poet when he was not trying to be such a poet.  This is a great song.




absolutely marvelous...  love it...

 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 tputkey wrote:
Wow - a recent REM song that doesn't suck. I'll rate it a 5 - it's a good song, probably a 7 or 8, but I need to take into account all of REM's other recent work.
 

Pretty much my thoughts on this as well.


I'll dance to this...

 
Wow - a recent REM song that doesn't suck. I'll rate it a 5 - it's a good song, probably a 7 or 8, but I need to take into account all of REM's other recent work.


We be dancing...  love it...

 


incredible...  love this song...

 
The best 4 minutes on Accelerate by far - really has an "Automatic" vibe.

 ziakut wrote:
In a weird way this harkens to a sound that is slightly reminiscent of a moderate Jethro Tull. Not so much with the 6/8 Time signature in the chorus, but the verse does sound this way to me.
 
You're not weird! I was just going to make a similar comment!

In a weird way this harkens to a sound that is slightly reminiscent of a moderate Jethro Tull. Not so much with the 6/8 Time signature in the chorus, but the verse does sound this way to me.
 Welly wrote:
Very pre-Obama. Love these guys.
 
"The teleprompter flutters, the power surge brings
An easy-speak message falls into routine"

Amazing!  How did they know beforehand?  Spooky....



This song debuted on AC 360° on CNN...  then it was on R.E.M.'s 14th album...  this is a great song...

 



absolutely awesome...  love it...

 
Fantastic band. Excellent song!
 peter_james_bond wrote:

From the top of Mount Everest,
To the bottom of the Dead Sea,
I read your green words,
And I just have to agree.
 


Thanks!  This song is cool...



 romeotuma wrote:
This is such a great song...  it is always a pleasure to hear it...
 
From the top of Mount Everest,
To the bottom of the Dead Sea,
I read your green words,
And I just have to agree.




fantastic...  love it...

 


This is such a great song...  it is always a pleasure to hear it...

 
 nalle wrote:
RT! Where are you, perhaps I should not ask :), but this is a good one.
 


I am right here, and I love this song!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!



RT! Where are you, perhaps I should not ask :), but this is a good one.
 AdyMiles wrote:
cover art terrible. song good as usual from REM
 
You'd think they could hire a designer, yeah?
this is nice to hear from them - they kinda lost me for the last 20 years 


wonderful song...  love it...


They new the 80's...I can hear it... I also cut myself on a bottle cap and have a cell phone...
 Bosami wrote:
Simply. Awesome.
 

I agree...  well said...


You Rock On
Simply. Awesome.


Just turned the volume wayyyy up..  love it...


A truly great record.

Yea, surprisingly this isn't half bad, harkens back to when they were actually relevant!{#Yes}





always enjoy this song...


 suddenchad wrote:
One of their best songs in decades.
 

My thoughts exactly. Haven't heard something this good from them since Automatic For The People.


excellent song...


cover art terrible. song good as usual from REM
 crockydile wrote:

And there was much rejoicing!! {#Clap} Nice comment. At least it's different.{#Ask}
 

This song is soooo good for the external auditory meatus...


 romeotuma wrote:


cool...
 
And there was much rejoicing!! {#Clap} Nice comment. At least it's different.{#Ask}
 burdell wrote:
REM goes back to their roots. This reminds me of the REM I saw play a small college party in Atlanta in 1982.
 
Yeah, I heard them play back in the days of which you speak, and yes they really were something to experience back then.



cool...




This song is good for the ears...


One of their best songs in decades.


awesome...




love it...


Very pre-Obama. Love these guys.
Always  {#Clap}
 fidget wrote:
Rubbish {#Grumpy}
 

Bull$#it.
I really like REM and don't own enough of their stuff.  However, when this first started, I thought it was Jethro Tull.  I got surprised when my ears began to hear Stipe coming through.
Love REM, Tired of this album. How about some of the early stuff ? Please.
Thought I was listening to something they had done 20 years ago!  Can't knock them for getting back to what they're good at, simple melodic, etc.  Gets a solid 7 from over here.
REM goes back to their roots. This reminds me of the REM I saw play a small college party in Atlanta in 1982.
Rubbish {#Grumpy}
excited song{#Roflol}
 krich58 wrote:
The vocals on this song are sooo good. Ho man, this song is amazing.
 

True. Definative.
The vocals on this song are sooo good. Ho man, this song is amazing.
EVERY

SINGLE

DAY.

{#Snooty}
Yeah!  It's got a lot of that melodic lyricism of the old Reckoning and Fables era (and thank God I saw them then, 4th row at the CU Events Center — now with the name Coors on it, go figure, HA!), plus it's got some of that righteous simmering anger from Ignoreland, too...
Diggin' it! THANKS for resurrecting my estimation of them; they deserve it with this new effort!
Really sick of this song.  Muted.

This is a very good effort from REM. If you've been longing for the REM of old, the new CD is about as close as you're going to get. I was ok with their recent introspective work, but I like this flashback cd a lot.
Getting really %$#@ing sick of hearing this one every day.  7 —> 2 for overplay.
ALL RIGHT!  Pretty good, at first listen!  Some new REM to get excited about!
...nice...gotta' love real protest songs...
This is my first listen and I think it's already grown on me.
R.E.M. kind of lost me after "Fables" but they've got me back with "Accelerate."
Maybe this one will grow on me. I'm a huge REM fan, but I usually need a few listens before I warm up to new material by them. Stipe sounds good, not crazy about this song right now.
Heard this album live first and really enjoy the CD.
After a number of listens to this song, I've moved the rating up a notch to an eight.  I'm really liking this song, reminds me of the early REM, very good.

I might have to pick this CD up after hearing this song.
This CD has really grown on me the past couple days.  This is my favorite track off of it.  I love the drum and acoustic guitar sounds.
so we've written our stories to entertain these notions of glory ... the teleprompt flutters the power surge brings an easy speak message falls into routine
sfearll wrote:
very nice, a return to their best form. sounds like it could belong on the "Into the Wild" soundtrack.
As a true REM fan, I bought this album with a bit of skepticm, as Around the Sun and Reveal were pretty dark and introspective, spinning yarns of Micheal and his midlife trials and tribulations. I was very pleasantly surprised as REM have returned to their rockin roots. This album has a few weaker numbers but the middle 5 or 6 songs flat out rip. Back to the days of IRS dare I say!
very nice, a return to their best form. sounds like it could belong on the "Into the Wild" soundtrack.
thewiseking wrote:
you should see them live! Sat through an unbelievably rockin show at Jones Beach last week in a deluge. Memorable.
At the Berkeley Greek a couple of weeks ago I found that live they're understated - but deliver! My respect for REM has increased commensurately. I like the new album.
jbtidwell wrote:
His voice sounds younger with more energy.
you should see them live! Sat through an unbelievably rockin show at Jones Beach last week in a deluge. Memorable.
snowcat wrote:
Welcome back R.E.M.!!!
NO kidding! That was the first REM song I've liked since Automatic for the People.
Welcome back R.E.M.!!!
His voice sounds younger with more energy.
8/10 to start
:cheers: Me likes. Evocative, moody, real.
Oh just STFU
I just finished listening to Automatic for the People for the first time in years and then turned on Radio Paradise, this song was playing. That was like, totally weird man. This isn't bad, but I don't think anything they have released since has held a torch to that classic from 1992.
jlind wrote:
This is probably the best song REM has done in years. You could say they're being trendy with their political statements, but then have you listened to World Leader Pretend? I could swear they wrote that about George W... but then again it was released in the early 90s.
Actually, I think they wrote that about George H. W. Bush--you're right tho'--still applies.
'kay, I like this ... quite a bit. Many layered, will bear listening again.
This is probably the best song REM has done in years. You could say they're being trendy with their political statements, but then have you listened to World Leader Pretend? I could swear they wrote that about George W... but then again it was released in the late 80s.
Surprisingly good, nicely spare. I loved early REM, was pretty neutral on everything after. Catchy yeah, but nothing great. This really impressed me. Quite Likeable
I like this, this is more like early REM -- Green Grow the Rushes type stuff. Pretty, hypnotic and transcendent. :good-vibes: :bounce:
And I will be enjoying them immensely this coming Saturday, 24.May at the Sasquatch Festival. . . (click here)
Skid_Mark wrote:
Swan, swan, hummingbird, hurrah...
Yes?
Sheesh! Another well executed song off of the new album. Good golly, REM lives again!
Another good cut from this disc. I'm back on their bandwagon!
I love it! This is the REM is remember from the early 80's. Terrific!
ok song - but not one of their best...
Skid_Mark wrote:
Swan, swan, hummingbird, hurrah...
does sound like that. I love that song. and I thought of the into the wild soundtrack.
REM = Repetitive Egotistical Melodrama
bizon wrote:
REM: Redundant, Extremely overplayed, Monontonous
REM-REALLY EXCELLENT MUSIC! :flamed:
REM: Redundant, Extremely overplayed, Monontonous
Swan, swan, hummingbird, hurrah...