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"Life and How to Live It" is the fourth song on R.E.M.'s third album, Fables of the Reconstruction, released in 1985. Both the studio recording and a live version are featured on the retrospective collection And I Feel Fine… The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987.

Songwriter and lead vocalist Michael Stipe has explained that the song's narrative represented a departure from the stream-of-consciousness writing of previous albums. The story is based on an unknown… read more

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