Who Sang World Leader Pretend? R.E.M.

R.E.M. Green cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe
release date: 1988-11-7
genres: Rock
styles: Alternative Rock/Pop Rock
length: 4:20
producer: R.E.M. and Scott Litt
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guest cello: Jane Scarpantoni
guitar: Peter Buck
guest steel guitar: Bucky Baxter
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
I sit at my table and wage war on myself
It seems like it's all, it's all for nothing
I know the barricades, and
I know the mortar in the wall breaks
I recognize the weapons, I used them well

This is my mistake.
Let me make it good
I raised the wall and I will be the one to knock it down

I've a rich understanding of my finest defenses
I proclaim that claims are left unstated,
I demand a rematch
I decree a stalemate
I divine my deeper motives
I recognize the weapons
I've practiced them well.
I fitted them myself

[Chorus]
It's amazing what devices you can sympathize, empathize
This is my mistake.
Let me make it good
I raised the wall and I will be the one to knock it down

Reach out for me and hold me tight.
Hold that memory
Let my machine talk to me, let my machine talk to me

This is my world
And I am world leader pretend
This is my life
And this is my time
I have been given the freedom
To do as I see fit
It's high time I've raised the walls
That I've constructed

[Chorus]

You fill in the mortar.
You fill in the harmony
You fill in the mortar.
I raised the wall
And I'm the only one
I will be the one to knock it down



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Pop Song 89
  • 2 Get Up
  • 3 You Are the Everything
  • 4 Stand
  • 5 World Leader Pretend
  • 6 The Wrong Child
  • 7 Orange Crush
  • 8 Turn You Insideā€Out
  • 9 Hairshirt
  • 10 I Remember California
  • 11 [untitled]

  • Album Information
    label: Warner Bros. Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 075992579513
    script: Latin