“20th Century, collapse into now...”
— Collapse into Now, 15th and final studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on March 7, 2011
“It’s the final thing I sing, the last song on the record before the record goes into a coda and reprises the first song. In my head, it’s like I’m addressing a nine-year-old and I’m saying, ‘I come from a faraway place called the 20th century. And these are the values and these are the mistakes we’ve made and these are the triumphs. These are the things that we held in the highest esteem. These are the things to learn from.”
— Michael Stipe, vocalist, R.E.M.