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secretly Christian: So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)

In October 1983 R.E.M. appeared on the then relatively new Late Night with David Letterman and played two songs: Radio Free Europe and the then-untitled So. Central Rain. Here’s the clip from the second song, complete with a somewhat awkward stand-up interview between Dave, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills:

At about 2:44 there’s the line “the wise man built his works upon the rocks but I’m not bound to follow suit,” which is a take on the Sunday School song The Wise Man Built His House Upon The Rock, which in turn comes from the Sermon on the Mount.

To my knowledge this is the closest you’ll come to finding a Scripture quotation in an R.E.M. song, and I’m guessing it’s a byproduct of Michael Stipe’s association with various folk artists in the Athens, Georgia area, including Rev. Howard Finster.

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