BAD DAY

Live 02 Oct 2004 version


[Michael Stipe (spoken intro):] Wondering what that's for. Please welcome to the stage Mr. Bruce Springsteen. (cheers).
[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] We have pearls before swine tonight.

Michael Stipe:A Public service announcement followed me home the other day
I paid it nevermind
Go away
The shit's so thick you could stir it with a stick
Free Teflon whitewashed presidency
We're sick of being jerked around
Wear that on your sleeve

Michael Stipe:Broadcast me a joyful noise unto the times, lord
Count your blessings
We're sick of being jerked around
We all fall down

Michael Stipe:Have you ever seen the televised St. Vitus subcommittee prize
Investigation dance?
Those-ants-in- pants glances
Well, look between the lines
It's a hallowed, hollow anesthesized
"Save my own ass, screw these guys"
Smoke and mirror lock down

Michael Stipe:Broadcast me a joyful noise unto the times, lord
Count your blessings
The papers wouldn't lie!
I sigh
Not one more

Michael and Springsteen:It's been a bad day
Please
It's been a bad day, day
It's been a bad day
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day

Michael Stipe:We're dug in the deep the price is steep
The auctioneer is such a creep
The lights went out, the oil ran dry
We blamed it on the other guy
Sure, all men are created equal
Here's the church, here's the steeple
Please stay tuned, we cut to sequel
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down

Michael Stipe:Broadcast me a joyful noise unto the times, lord
Count your blessings
Ignore the lower fears
Ugh, this means war

Michael and Springsteen:It's been a bad day
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day
It's been a bad day
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day

[Bruce Springsteen short harmonica solo]

Michael Stipe:Broadcast me a joyful noise unto the times, lord
Count your blessings
We're sick of being jerked around
We all fall down

Michael and Springsteen:It's been a bad day
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day
It's been a bad day
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day

Michael and Springsteen:It's been a bad day
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day
It's been a bad day
Please don't take a picture
It's been a bad day

Stipe (addressing Springsteen):Show 'em how it's done!

[Bruce Springsteen guitar solo]

Intro

BAD DAY is a song by R.E.M. from their 2003 greatest hits album In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003. See the original R.E.M. version for more details.

Live History

Bruce Springsteen joined R.E.M. during the Vote For Change Tour three times on BAD DAY:

  • 02 Oct 2004 at Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • 03 Oct 2004 at Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
  • 05 Oct 2004 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN

The above lyrics are for the live 02 Oct 2004 performance of BAD DAY at Gund Arena in Cleveland, OH.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BAD DAY on this website:

BAD DAY [Live 02 Oct 2004 version]
BAD DAY [Original R.E.M. version]

Page last updated: 30 Jul 2010