I'm really okay, thanks There's nothing to witness I said as I looked back from the edge of a cliff The old man looking down bent over the ridge Struck with a grin as if a blessing had hit him
I slumped on the jut of the cliff Just leave me alone, this is none of your business I will, said the old man, but just one thing And what he said was so lovely it stunned me
He said: I lay right there once at the edge of the rock I was ready to jump, I was ever so lost But this gentleman stopped and said something I never forgot
[Chorus:] For billions of years since the outset of time Every single one of your ancestors has survived Every single person on your mum and dad's side Successfully looked after and passed on to you life What are the chances of that, like? It comes to me once in a while And everywhere I tell folk it gets the best smile
And then the old man walked away and out of sight Til the sound of him hiking turned to the sound of silence. I just froze in a profound surprise And from down on my pride I found a smile to my eyes.
And for many days again I've been passing the same cliff And on many occasions I'd chance on the same thing
Laying in the moss, in the same way I was Would be another man looking like he needed a change of luck
So I'd say: I lay right there once at the edge of the rock I was ready to jump, I was ever so lost But this gentleman stopped and said something I never forgot
[Chorus: Repeat 2X]
Writer/s: MICHAEL GEOFFREY SKINNER
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.