Song of the Day: R.E.M. – “I Walked With a Zombie”

Happy birthday wishes go out to former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, who turns 61 years old today. This song is our choice for today because it supposedly is the only R.E.M. song on which you can hear Buck’s voice. The song is originally by Roky Erickson and is off the tribute album, Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson. It’s a pretty song melodically, although lyrically — well, it’s “I walked with a zombie last night,” over and over and over. What exactly Erickson meant by that I don’t know, but it’s somehow catchy nonetheless.

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