“Oh great! It starts with an outbreak—Zika and Harambe / Lead is in the water main,” the tune begins. Other topics the song covers include: climate change; the alt-right; the rise of Donald Trump; Fox News’ Roger Ailes; tainted water in Flint, Michigan; and the deaths of musicians Prince, David Bowie, and Leonard Cohen. (On the flip side: also Pokémon Go, and Ken Bone’s red sweater.)

For most of the video, Colbert sings alone as Stipe stares rigidly into the camera, refusing to contribute; he caves and joins in on the chorus—”it’s the end of the year as we know it,” adding a reluctant, “and I feel fine”—at the very end.

Not had enough bleakness? Here’s the original.

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