How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us Lyrics

R.E.M.


publisher: ©OBO APRA/AMCOS
album: No. 1 track in album New Adventures in Hi‐Fi
release date: 1996-9-9
popularity : 17 users have visited this page.
length: 4:32
guitar: Peter Buck, Nathan December
additional instrument: Nathan December
guest instrument: Nathan December
synthesizer: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills
piano: Mike Mills
percussion: Bill Berry
drums: Bill Berry
whistle: Bill Berry
bass: Peter Buck
bouzouki: Peter Buck
mandolin: Peter Buck
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
background vocals: Mike Mills

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Blood from a stone
Water from wine
Born under an ill-placed design
A stroke of bad luck,
Wrong place, wrong time
This flier is out of the lime

[Chorus]
The story is a sad one, told many times
The story of my life in trying times
Just add water, stir in lime
How the west was won and where it got us

Canary got trapped, the uranium mine
A stroke of bad luck, now the bird has died
A marker to mark where my tears run dry
I cross it, bless it, alkali

[Chorus]

I didn't wear glasses cause I thought it might rain
Now I can't see anything
I made a mistake, chalked it up to design
I cracked through time, space, Godless and dry
I point my nose to the northern star,
Watch the decline from a hazy distance

[Chorus]

Track Listing

  • 1 How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us
  • 2 The Wake‐Up Bomb
  • 3 New Test Leper
  • 4 Undertow
  • 5 E‐Bow the Letter
  • 6 Leave
  • 7 Departure
  • 8 Bittersweet Me
  • 9 Be Mine
  • 10 Binky the Doormat
  • 11 Zither
  • 12 So Fast, So Numb
  • 13 Low Desert
  • 14 Electrolite