Listen to REM’s Final Single, “We All Go Back to Where We Belong”


If you like your Michael Stipe vocals tender, romantic, and wistful, then congratulations, because you’ve won the last-REM-single lottery. One of three unreleased tracks that will appear on the band’s Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 compilation, due out November 15th, “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” seems a fitting (if low-key) end to a three decade-long career. A soft pop tune that maintains a certain lightness and delicacy despite ample string and horn flourishes, it also has the timeless feel of a song that could have been recorded any time in the past half-century. The lyrics have a subtle sense of finality about them, as the title suggests. And although it’s a pretty polished piece, we find ourselves especially drawn to Stipe’s almost Dylan-esque wheeze in the final moments. Stream “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” at Rolling Stone.