This article is from the R.E.M. FAQ, by Ron Henry (email@example.com) with numerous contributions by others.
Stipe used the liner notes to a gospel album in the studio during the
recording of Reckoning with the same backing music track as "Seven Chinese
Brothers." See the .gif files of the front and back covers of the album on
the WWW Home Page for more information about actual text (there is also a
text transcription for those without graphics.
This graphic file and transcribed text were obtained from a photocopy of
the actual album still in the possession of Reflection Studios where the
song was recorded. If you are familiar with the lyrics, you can now see
that Stipe didn't sing the entire text, and what he did sing wasn't always