“So Central Rain” by REM

Song of the Day

August 25, 2017

Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills & Michael Stipe
Produced by Mitch Easter & Don Dixon
Recorded at Reflection Sound in Charlotte, North Carolina, Winter 1983-1984
Released on the album Reckoning in April 1984

“So. Central Rain” introduced a large portion of the USA to R.E.M. as they performed it on Late Night with David Letterman in October 1983, several months before it was released (or, allegedly, even before the song had a title). The song was included on R.E.M.’s second studio album, Reckoning.

REM in 1984

This song, inspired by inspired by news of excessive downpours in their home town of Athens, Georgia, fuses new wave rock with Southern folk rhythm complete with pleasantly twangy guitars.

Watch to “So Central Rain”:

Song Lyrics

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
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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