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R.E.M. Hard At Work On New Project

November 11, 1997 12:00 AM ET

R.E.M. is continuing pre-production on its next Warner Bros. album, following the departure of drummer Bill Berry.

The album, which is being produced by Pat McCarthy, will include Scott McCaughey on guitar and keyboards and Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin on percussion.

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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