Music That Strikes a Chord: R.E.M.’s, “World Leader Pretend”

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Today’s post will be dual purpose. First purpose is a song that strikes a chord with me. It’s called, “World Leader Pretend” by R.E.M. This one has a caveat in that it is striking a chord with me at this moment. The week has been full of mostly downers, and it reflects my current mood. As much navel-gazing that’s been done over the years, the roots of the feelings are no secret. It feels like I’m a big balloon that has had a slow leak ever since the pandemic started restricting everything and continues as it continues to kill.

The wall is going up. Second purpose is to say I’m on blogging vaca from now until Monday at least. My house needs to get cleaned. It looks like a tornado went through here. I need to do some collage work. Don’t worry about me. I just need some respite. See you on the flip side.

World Leader Pretend by R.E.M.

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

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 razed the walls that I’ve constructed

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

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

Songwriters: Bill Berry / Peter Buck / Michael Mills / Michael Stipe

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Devon Brock says:

    Much as I hate to admit myself indulging in REM, there is something very fitting to our times in a number of their tunes. Now I have to go listen to “Fall on me” for the eighth time this week. Thanks a lot. As much as I don’t want to, a good cry is cleansing. Enjoy your vacation.

    D

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Agreed on REM fitting the times, D. “Fall on me” is another good’n. Thanks for the support.

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  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Love this song and it fits…have a good time cleaning!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s a great song the goes round and round like a person trapped in their own mind. I got some cleaning done but never enough lol. Glad to be back feeling refreshed.

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  3. Cleaning is like taking your house on vacation. Enjoy it. This’ll all still be here when you come back

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I love that quote. Am writing it down. Thanks for your encouragement.

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  4. memadtwo says:

    I know the feeling Jade. See you when you’re ready. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      {{{HUGS}}} Last week was the worst one so far. Feeling better today.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        Its hard to stay up when half the country is insane. Glad you’re feeling better…hugs back!!

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  5. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Just a tornado? Try a tornado, a hurricane, AND a mudslide in our place, lol.
    It’s never, EVER enough. But at least you got something done. One thing every day, and in a week, it’s complete! Glad you feel better. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Stacey 🙂 I am considering a monthly chart for just that purpose. I used to do it when company was coming, but since that ended it is getting really bad.

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  6. selizabryangmailcom says:

    That’s a good idea!

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