Nightswimming Lyrics

R.E.M.


publisher: ©OBO APRA/AMCOS
album: Track 1 in album Automatic for the People
release date: 1992-10-6
popularity : 3556 users have visited this page.
length: 4:19
arranger: John Paul Jones
conductor: George Hanson
guest instrument: Lonnie Ottzen, Denise Berginson-Smith, Jody Taylor, Sou-Chun Su, Sandy Salzinger, Patti Gouvas, Heidi Nitchie, Reid Harris, Daniel Laufer, Elizabeth Proctor Murphy, Kathleen Kee, Deborah Workman, Paul Murphy
violin: Denise Berginson-Smith, Jody Taylor, Sou-Chun Su, Sandy Salzinger, Patti Gouvas, Lonnie Ottzen
viola: Heidi Nitchie, Paul Murphy, Reid Harris
cello: Daniel Laufer, Elizabeth Proctor Murphy, Kathleen Kee
oboe: Deborah Workman
producer: Scott Litt, R.E.M.
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe

Cover Art


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Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago,
Turned around backwards so the windshield shows
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse
Still, it's so much clearer
I forgot my shirt at the water's edge
The moon is low tonight
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
I'm not sure all these people understand
It's not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
Of recklessness and water
They cannot see me naked
These things, they go away,
Replaced by everyday

Nightswimming, remembering that night
September's coming soon
I'm pining for the moon
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun?
That bright, tight forever drum
Could not describe nightswimming

You, I thought I knew you
You I cannot judge
You, I thought you knew me,
This one laughing quietly underneath my breath
Nightswimming

The photograph reflects, every streetlight a reminder
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night

Track Listing

  • 1 Drive
  • 2 Try Not to Breathe
  • 3 The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
  • 4 Everybody Hurts
  • 5 New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
  • 6 Sweetness Follows
  • 7 Monty Got a Raw Deal
  • 8 Ignoreland
  • 9 Star Me Kitten
  • 10 Man on the Moon
  • 11 Nightswimming
  • 12 Find the River