This is a lyrically meaner update of 1987's "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
" (from the 1987 album Document
). Frontman Michael Stipe told The Daily Mail
March 28,2008: "It's the end of the world as we know it once again! It's very much in the vein of a couple of other songs, but it made us laugh."