Anti-War In Iraq Music
March 25, 2003
REM Releases Rough Mix Of Anti War In Iraq Song

And gives it away for free.


The Final Straw (Streaming Tracks and Lyrics)

MP3 of Final Straw (MP3 - 5 MB) (In 2005, this link was requested to be removed. Thanks again guys for helping to spread the word when it really mattered!)


This is the strongest voice I could think of to send out there.
We had to send something out there now.
We are praying and hoping for the lives of all people involved,
the troops, the Iraqi civilians, refugees, pow's, families of troops, the innocents--
that they are safe and okay. Safe home, all. --Michael Stipe

Here is the full text of the article in case the link goes bad:

http://www.remhq.com/finalStraw/finalstraw.html

This is the strongest voice I could think of to send out there.
We had to send something out there now.
We are praying and hoping for the lives of all people involved,
the troops, the Iraqi civilians, refugees, pow's, families of troops, the innocents--
that they are safe and okay. Safe home, all. --Michael Stipe

[this is a rough mix from the studio]

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO:
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As I raise my head to broadcast my objection
As your latest triumph draws the final straw
Who died and lifted you up to perfection?
And what silenced me is written into law.

I can't believe where circumstance has thrown me
And I turn my head away
If I look I'm not sure that I could face you.
Not again. Not today. Not today.

If hatred makes a play on me tomorrow
And forgiveness takes a back seat to revenge
There's a hurt down deep that has not been corrected
There's a voice in me that says you will not win.

And if I ignore the voice inside,
Raise a half glass to my home.
But it's there that I am most afraid,
And forgetting doesn't hold.

It doesn't hold. Now I don't believe and I never did
That two wrongs make a right.
If the world were filled with the likes of you
Then I'm putting up a fight. Putting up a fight.
Putting up a fight. Make it right. Make it right.

Now love cannot be called into question.
Forgiveness is the only hope I hold.
And love-- love will be my strongest weapon.
I do believe that I am not alone.

For this fear will not destroy me.
And the tears that have been shed
It's knowing now where I am weakest
And the voice in my head. In my head.

Then I raise my voice up higher
And I look you in the eye
And I offer love with one condition.
With conviction, tell me why.
Tell me why.
Tell me why.
Look me in the eye.
Tell me why.

(p) 2003 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.
Buck, Mills, Stipe 2003 Temporary Music (BMI)
Administered in total by Warner- Tamerlane

Posted by Lisa at March 25, 2003 08:12 AM | TrackBack
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Comments

wonderful...

Stipe is the usual great poet!

luca

Posted by: Luca Sironi on March 27, 2003 12:36 AM



Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
Only place to find this song on the net?


Automatic

Posted by: Michael John Stipe on July 25, 2003 07:36 PM

Finally found the MP3!

R.E.M. Rock!

Bush sucks!

Posted by: Sean Spurr on May 3, 2004 01:31 PM
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