Inquiry 2B Zero Draft

REM’s “It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)” is a masterpiece of lyrical satire and vocal strategy. The song, describing a plethora of nouns in tain of consciousness style prose, is constantly frames by the phrase “its the end of the world as we know it”. What does this apocalypse take form through what is being said, why and How? I will dissect this song, exploring what events led up to this end, and discuss what REM may mean. I also plan to discuss the songs place in society, what it means to people, and f the world as we know it is truly coming to an end.


Wild Conclusion

I feel as though the ending of Wild was complete. The narrator had finished, more or less, with this phase of her transition and therefore had nothing more to narrate. While I certainly have questions about the story (its impossible to know ones whole life from just a memoir), I feel as though the information that as needed was passed along, and one can make do with what they were given. It was adequate. I’m always a sucker for ending lines, so the last sentence of the book is what rings with me the most. It holds a lot of weight, as what the reader assumes happens next hangs on it, and in Wild we are left with a lingering hopeful future, rather than dwelling on the past.

I believe identity in all ways will shape the reaction to a book. My gender, as I have never been a woman in her position, clearly. Race did not directly affect this book but based on a person’s race can be how they are  brought up, so it still plays a role. Class is an interesting identity to relate to this book, as the book takes place outside of society where class plays no role. Having been hiking and camping before, I was allowed a more personal understanding of what Strayed was doing, a better perception of her situation and what it meant to her.

Source 6

This is a very simple page that offers a lot of information. Line by line, it dissects the more memorable lyrics in “Its the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by REM. Detailed definitions and ideas are present, such as who the people in the song is, what they have in common, and what speculations exist about some of the other cryptic lines found in this fast-paced and intricate song. Published this page for anyone wishing to unerstand the lyrics of “Its the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” and prehaps learn more about what REM means by it. He credibility is high simply because it needs none. This is meant to speculate and attempt to decode  the meaning of the song, it guarantees no results nor does it reference anything it needs to source. Links are available at some points, such as to learn more about the subject. The page seems to be a little of date, so the ideas may be old as well. But the song is older, so these ideas are still relevant.

Teagues, Kipp. “R.E.M. Lyric Annotations FAQ.” R.E.M. Lyric Annotations
., n.d. Web. 219 Oct. 2014. <;.

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Source 5

Short and sweet Academic essay, Paul Nelson provides a quick but cohesive overview of REM and the song in question. He tells the history of the band, a few milestones, but concentrates more on the song, which is beneficial to me. He lays out several key ideas in the song, and also speaks about the actual musical qualities such as non-lyrical vocals and harmonies found in the song.While my main topic will be the content, including some other qualities would better support my argument.

This essay is produced by Paul Nelson himself, in a journal as well as on his personal website. The audience intended is anyone with a basic understanding of music who wishes to learn more about the lyrical and musical components of the song. Nelson includes several sources and gives very statements that are debatable, so the credibility is fine. Written in 2003, it is up-to-date, especially considering the song was released in 1988. By the time Nelson wrote on it it was a thing of the past, therefore he could step back and give an accurate analysis of the work. This essay is going to be very helpful to me, as he discusses the exact aspects that I wish to also discuss in my essay. He also does it in a clear, concise  format that will be easy to understand and assimilate into my own work.

Nelson, Paul. “Pop Music Analysis.” Pop Music Analysis. N.p., 2003. Web. 23 Oct. 2014. <;.

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Source 4

This summary is going to be severely shorter than the others, as this source is merely the song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by REM. Typed out. Just the lyrics, so thats all that really needs to be said.

It is published on a website which specializes in providing lyrics to songs. Its audience is the general public who wish to know the proper word to whichever song they seek. It is credible simply because it is so popular and easily checked, peers can review and offer suggestions if they think something is wrong, and one can listen to the song if they want to be sure. The currency of this is inconsequential as it is the words to a song,  lyrics aren’t going to change or become outdated.

This is going to likely be the most useful website for this essay. Since my essay is content-based, having this to refer to and to read will provide me with the content I wish to speak on. Without this, I may misunderstand lyrics which would lead to a pointless essay.

“”It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” Lyrics.” R.E.M. LYRICS. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014. <;.

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Source 3

This article is a detailed account, chronologically followed by itemized paragraphs detailing the events of the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979. Giving background on the Iranian Revolution, it progresses to the moment that student took the U.S. Embassy, and what the government did to relieve the situation. Carter, president at the time, was heavily involved in affairs that avoided force and instead promoted diplomacy, until it was clear the strategy was futile. As a result, a “High-risk” rescue operation was planned, known as Desert 1. A failure, it resulted in several deaths due to a malfunctioned helicopter. The hostages were not released until Carter was beaten in the election by Reagan, and were released minutes after he was inaugurated.

PBS published this article as a part of their “American Experience” project. The intended audience is anyone interested in learning about history, and specifically Carter-era politics or the history of the Conflict in the MIddle-East. PBS does a very nice job on these pieces, so the credibility is high for the purpose it serves. Written fairly recently, as it is a factual account merely listing what happened unbiasedly the currency is of little detriment.

This article will be very useful for a very specific purpose, as this is likely referenced in the song I am researching. Beyond that one line, this is unrelated to a majority of my essay.

“The Iranian Hostage Crisis.” PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2014. <;.

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Source 2

This website list’s facts/ideas about REM’s song It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine). I make the distinction as not all of them confirmed nor have sources, however that will be addressed later. The facts most dissect the lyrics of the song, breaking down key parts and supplying suggestions or definitions of what they may be addressing. Such as giving the verse of the bible a certain line may be referencing, as well as giving other trivia about the song.

The venue of this article is a website, with an audience of the general public. A clearly popular-based article and not academic, the piece has alright credibility for that purpose. It does not claim to hold all the answers or to have researched  extensively, it merely claims to have opinions of several people toward the song and provide areas of discussion, therefore does well for its purpose. A date is not provided so currency is questionable, the most recent date it mentions within the page is 2012 so it is at least that recent.

For the specific topic of my essay this is not an overly-useful article. Instead, this provides lots of extra information and “fluff” to include in my essay to make it less barebones. I plan to use it in such a manner, as extra information is helpful in constructing an informative essay.

“It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M. Songfacts.” It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M. Songfacts. Song Facts, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2014. <;.

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