When I Was Young…

I always try to be cautious not to confuse a singer’s intended meaning with what I take a song to be. Lifting lines is dangerous. Just the music writer in me I guess. But whatever. It’s my birthday. And today, this song, every line, is mine.

Trust in your calling, make sure your calling’s true. Think of others, the other think of you…

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.


  1. That clip from Tourfilm is my favorite however-many minutes of R.E.M. recorded history. It is what I find great about the band and it broke my heart when I read a reader question article and Michael Stipe couldn't remember reciting the poem or where it came from.

    (A collaboration with a Athens musician, I think)


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