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R.E.M.: Fables of the Reconstruction: Old Man Kensey


 [Fables of the Reconstruction]

Old Man Kensey
A resident of Athens who reputedly did many of the things mentioned in the song. [Ron Henry] * There's a relevant passage from ICFTS here. The reason Stipe wrote the song about him was because he was the kind of person who had a thousand and one little anecdotes about his eccentric behavior floating around. Also, he was the Rev. Howard Finster's assistant. [Joshua Hall-Bachner]

"Drink up the lake"
Perhaps a reference to 7 Chinese Bros.? [Ron Henry]

"Old Man Kensey wants to be a dog catcher"
According to Stipe, Kensey tried to kidnap dogs once for ransom money. [Ron Henry]

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