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Nightswimming (4:12)

Track 11 of 12 on the album Automatic For The People.

In the liner notes of 'In Time: The Best of R.E.M.' (2003) guitarist Peter Buck says that this is the only R.E.M. song where the lyrics came before the music. Lead singer Michael Stipe told Buck & bassist/ keyboardist Mike Mills he had written a full set of lyrics & maybe they could find some suitable music. When the band returned to the studio, Mills played a piece on…

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  • So great, miss this band so much!
  • "I'm not sure all these people understand, it's not like years ago.The fear of getting caught. The recklessness in water. They cannot see me naked. These things they go away, replaced by every day." Absolutely amazing lyrical and musical harmony. The words are so relatable. And that voice-crack. I love it.
  • Yeah this song is perfect. (3)
  • Very beautiful!
  • Masterpiece
  • beautiful...
  • As I've said on other tracks, this was performed and recorded when there was an actual person playing the instruments instead of some computer generated crap in the background, and some youngster mouthing off. Mad Respect for Michael Stipe!
  • Beautiful track. For some, this would be a career highlight. It's (arguably) not even the best track on the album.
  • Love
  • The strings tuning up at the beginning <3

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