Lyrics of Nightswimming

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Nightswimming by R.E.M. is part of the album "Automatic for the People" and comes under the genre Alternative Rock,American Alternative , Alternative Rock,General , Alternative Rock,Indie & Lo-Fi , Pop,General , Rock,General. It was released on 28 Oct 2003 under the label of Warner Bros.. Copyright holded by 2003 R.E.M./Athens, L.L.C..

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Lyrics of Nightswimming

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.


'Nightswimming' is a song by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It appears on their 1992 album 'Automatic for the People', and was released in 1993 as the fifth single off of that album. 'Nightswimming' is a ballad featuring singer Michael Stipe accompanied only by bassist Mike Mills on piano, a string arrangement by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and a prominent oboe by Deborah Workman in the latter part of the piece. Stipe sings about a group of friends who go skinny dipping at night, which draws from similar experiences in the band's early days. This song is included as the closing track on R.E.M.'s 2003 'best of' compilation album, 'In Time - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003'.

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