How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us Lyrics

R.E.M.


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe
album: Track 1 in album New Adventures in Hi‐Fi
release date: 1996-9-9
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length: 4:32
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
background vocals: Mike Mills
guest additional guitar: Nathan December
synthesizer: Michael Stipe
piano & synthesizer: Mike Mills
whistle & drums & percussion: Bill Berry
guitar & bouzouki & bass & mandolin: Peter Buck

Cover Art

R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi‐Fi cover art
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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


CD 1
  • 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