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IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) by R.E.M.
www.remhq.com
From their 1987 album Document
Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Transcribed by T-rev www.t-rev.net

G                                Cmaj7
 That's great, it starts with an earthquake
                      G
Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes
                   Cmaj7
And Lenny Bruce is not afraid
G
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn
Cmaj7
World serves its own needs, don't mis-serve your own needs
G
Speed it up a notch, speed, grunt, no, strength
    Cmaj7
The ladder starts to clatter, With a fear of height, down, height
Bb
Wire in a fire, represent the seven games
      Am
And a government for hire and a combat site
G
Left her, wasn't coming in a hurry
                          Cmaj7
With the Furies breathing down your neck
G
Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped
        Cmaj7
Look at that low plane, fine then
G
Uh oh, overflow, population, common group
    Cmaj7
But it'll do, save yourself, serve yourself
                 G
World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed
                 Cmaj7
Tell me with the Rapture and the reverent in the right, right
    Bb
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light
Am
Feeling pretty psyched

                          G          D           Am
                 It's the end of the world as we know it
                      /B  G          D           Am
                 It's the end of the world as we know it
                          G          D           Am
                 It's the end of the world as we know it
                             C
                 And I feel fine

G
Six o'clock, T.V. hour, don't get caught in foreign tower
Cmaj7
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn
G
Lock him in uniform, book burning, bloodletting
Cmaj7
Every motive escalate, automotive incinerate
G
Light a candle, light a motive, step down, step down
Cmaj7
Watch your heel crush, crush, uh oh
           G
This means no fear, cavalier, renegade and steering clear
  Cmaj7
A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies
Bb                                            Am
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline

                 REPEAT CHORUS
                  G      D        Am          C
      (3rd line) (Time I had some time alone)

               G        C    G  C  G  F
                 I feel fine

                 REPEAT CHORUS

    G
The other night I drifted nice continental drift divide
Cmaj7                    (stop)
Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein
G
Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs
Cmaj7
Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom
    Bb                                   Am
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam but neck, right, right

                 REPEAT CHORUS

Transcribed 2020-05-02 by T-rev
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