One of the great songs Peter Buck played on the 12 string Rickenbacker 360. This is one I had played incorrectly for all these years and thought I had correctly figured out through video recently and continued to play (wrong) for a year. Here is how I think it is actually played.
Again, one of the videos gives us a good look at just about every part–Meredith College:
This is a great 1983 video (from “The Tube”) with the song played on the 6 string Rickenbacker. Not enough visuals on hand position, but it is a cool version
The opening is probably D, with first and second fingers. with the little riff played in between the Csus4 and the A with riff after. On that D, I think he is just playing the D string and the G string with a hint of the B.
That opening serves as the chorus throughout, but the second and third times throuh, he throws a curveball:
For the chorus, Peter Buck plays an A right before the first time, and a D right before the second and third times after the curveball part of the verse.
This leads me to trying it on the 12 string I got last year:
Absolutely fascinating video from 1983. You can’t see a thing on guitar, but I could watch this stuff all day–Peter fooling with his amp before the song:
Possible Lyrics (I think in the live version from Meredith College, Michael Stipe is saying “Empty Pockets” the second line of the verses–they apparently changed things as much as they liked)