Who Sang Welcome to the Occupation? R.E.M.

R.E.M. Document cover art
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe
release date: 1987-3-21
genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Alternative Rock/Indie Rock
length: 2:49
producer: R.E.M. and Scott Litt
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
engineer: Scott Litt
guitar: Peter Buck
additional recording engineer: Gary Laney
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
additional mixer: Steve Catania
writer: Bill Berry, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck
Hang your collar up inside
Hang your dollar on me
Listen to the water still
Listen to the causeway
You are mad and educated
Primitive and wild
Welcome to the occupation

Here we stand and here we fight
All your fallen heroes
Held and dyed and skinned alive
Listen to the Congress fire
Offering the educated
Primitive and loyal
Welcome to the occupation

Hang your collar up inside
Hang your freedom higher
Listen to the buyer still
Listen to the Congress
Where we propagate confusion
Primitive and wild
Fire on the hemisphere below

Sugar cane and coffee cup
Copper, steel and cattle
An annotated history
The forest for the fire
Where we open up the floodgates
Freedom reigns supreme
Fire on the hemisphere below
Listen to me
Listen to me
Listen to me
Listen to me

CD 1
  • 1 Finest Worksong
  • 2 Welcome to the Occupation
  • 3 Exhuming McCarthy
  • 4 Disturbance at the Heron House
  • 5 Strange
  • 6 It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
  • 7 The One I Love
  • 8 Fireplace
  • 9 Lightnin’ Hopkins
  • 10 King of Birds
  • 11 Oddfellows Local 151