We Transcribed Stipe/Colbert’s “It’s The End Of The Year As We Know It” So You Don’t Have To

Last night’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert featured Michael Stipe as a guest, and Colbert and his writing staff took it upon themselves to do a 2017 recap version of the R.E.M. classic “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It.”

With the obvious title of “It’s The End Of The Year As We Know It,” it’s lyrics as just as fast-paced, but we took it upon ourselves to listen to the song a bunch of times and transcribed the lyrics.

You’re welcome…seriously.

Of course, on the off chance that we flubbed a lyric, let us know in the comments below.

And yes, we, too, could've done without James Franco, but he was also a guest on the show last night.

It's The End Of The Year As We Know It

Michael Stipe and James Franco join Stephen Colbert to celebrate the end of 2016 with a song.

"It's The End Of The Year As We Know It"

Oh great it starts with an outbreak
Zika and Harambe
Lead is in the water main
Bastard of a campaign, thought it was Jeb’s turn
World record hot heat, gender biased toilet seat
CNN to Fox, Ailes
Hashtag bad, sad
Bitter on the Twitter
With Ben as Batman
Dire wild fires representing climate change
And a government that’s wired with the new Alt-right
Bernie wasn’t leaving in a hurry
Now Putin’s breathin’ down our neck
Team by team reporters battle with Trump
Tethered, trapped
Pokemon Go game
Ken Bone
Uh oh all alone, tax evasion, belt stabbin’, pussy grabbin’,
For themselves, for themselves
Email server was breached
Isn’t that Michelle’s speech?
Can we hear your opinion on the Minions in a gif? Gif?
Vitriolic, xenophobic, troll spite
Fourth Reich’s feelin’ pretty psyched

It’s the end of the year as we know it
It’s the end of the year as we know it
It’s the end of the year as we know it
And I feel fine

Fighting for Black Lives
Ryan Lochte’s hair dyed
Prince and Bowie’s demise
Leonard Cohen died
Nasty Woman
Brangelina, Hiddleswift
Megyn Kelly, news, fake
Samsung boom
This year’s idiotic and chaotic, but the end’s in sight. Right?

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels.  True story.