Who Sang Nightswimming? R.E.M.

R.E.M. Automatic for the People cover art

Some other versions of "Nightswimming"
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe
release date: 1992-10-6
genres: Rock
styles: Alternative Rock/Soft Rock/Pop Rock
length: 4:18
producer: R.E.M. and Scott Litt
conductor: George Hanson
guest violin: Jody Taylor, Lonnie Ottzen, Denise Berginson-Smith, Sou-Chun Su, Sandy Salzinger and Patti Gouvas
vocal: Michael Stipe
mixer: Scott Litt and Clif Norrell
engineer: Clif Norrell
guest cello: Elizabeth Proctor Murphy, Kathleen Kee and Daniel Laufer
guest oboe: Deborah Workman
guest viola: Heidi Nitchie, Paul Murphy and Reid Harris
orchestrator: John Paul Jones
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

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

CD 1
  • 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