Patti Smith and Michael Stipe

R.E.M. just released a quite mesmerizing video directed by James Franco (and featuring some shots of his hotness and also Lindsay Lohan) for the atmospheric song collaboration with the phenomenal Patti Smith “Blue” from their 2011 album Collapse Into Now. It happens to fit my mood.

“Blue” by R.E.M. featuring Patti Smith 

Feels circus left the stakes a broken ropes useless mud
The ties that bind, ha ha
I can be bad poet
Street poet
Shit poet
Kind poet too

Almost 4AM
Halloween night
I’ve had enough to drink to make my own party
All my fellow riders in half costume, half asleep
Half silly, gone to seed

I don’t mark my time with dates, holidays, faded wisdom, locked karma, whatever’s

I am made by my times
I am a creation of now
Shaken with the cracks and crevices
I’m not giving up easy
I will not fold
I don’t have much
But what I have is gold

(I saw your face
You drift in snow
And I drift in snow)

I sing in platinum
I dress in brass
I eat in zinc
Let it pass

Compare a toast
I like that
I understand courage
I still roll with the shout of a character I was married to today
I try to see outside myself
I understand the eyes
Excuse all the highs
I am sorry
Ha ha

(What have we learned
I like your face)

I like you, love you, every coast of you.
I’ve seen your eddies and tides and hurricanes and cyclones.
Low ebb tide and high, full moon.
Up close and distant.
I read you like the sky, the sea, the ocean, the sun, the moon.
Blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue blue, blue, blue, blue, blue.
Naked and blue.

(Naked and blue
Breathing with you)

Breathing with you. Touch. Change. Shift. Allow air. Window open. Drift. Drift away. Into now.

I want Whitman proud. Patti Lee proud. My brothers proud. My sisters proud. I want me. I want it all. I want sensational. Irresistible.

This is my time and I am thrilled to be alive.

I understand
Twentieth century
Collapse Into Now

PATTI: Cinderella boy
You’ve lost your shoe

Cinderella boy (Blue, blue, blue, blue…)
Your coach awaits (Blue, blue, blue, blue…)
I saw its shadow (Blue, blue, blue, blue…)
All over your face (Blue, blue, blue, blue…)
As you sit (Blue, blue, blue, blue…)
Naked and blue (Blue, blue, blue, blue…)
Into me


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