“I woke up thinking we were free,” Michael Stipe yelps on “We All Go Back To Where We Belong”, the new single off R.E.M.’s forthcoming greatest hits package, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011. Over “coffee talk”-instrumentation, sounding stripped from some unheard of 1970’s game show, the new track sees Stipe romanticizing big picture ideas. “We all go back to where we belong,” he explains in the refrain, finally asking us, “Is this really what you want?” Is he joking? Do we have a choice here? Probably not, but check out the track at RollingStone.com and answer for yourself.
Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 hits stores November 15th via Warner Bros. In addition to “We All Go Back To Where We Belong”, the set includes two other new songs: “A Month of Saturdays” and “Hallelujah”. All three tracks were recorded with producer Jacknife Lee following the release of the band’s final LP, Collapse Into Now.