#SLS — Don’t Go Back to Rockville — REM

song lyric sunday

Jim Adams is the welcoming and gracious host of Song Lyric Sunday. Jim says:

Today’s prompt is Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone and there should be a plethora of songs for everyone to choose from.  Pick your song, write your post and please be patient, and wait for me to approve your pingbacks, or you can just place your link in the comments section.
Here are the “rules”:
  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

 

REM

Reckoning is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on April 9, 1984. The album deals with darker subject matter in the lyrics, and water imagery is a recurring theme.

For the cover of Reckoning, Stipe drew a picture of a two-headed snake, which he then gave to artist Howard Finster to fill in as a painting. Stipe stated that the imagery was an attempt to define the elements, explaining, “Part of it is rocks and part of it is the sun and part of it the sky.”  Taking a look at the album cover I can’t conceive of any sun present!

“(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” is the second and final single released from Reckoning. The song failed to chart on either the Billboard Hot 100 or the UK Singles Charts. The song was written by Mike Mills (credited to Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe), in 1980, as a plea to his then girlfriend, Ingrid Schorr, not to return to Rockville, Maryland, where her parents lived. Schorr, who later became a journalist, has written about her amusement with the factual inaccuracies about her relationship with Mills and the background of the song that often appear in books about the band. Peter Buck has stated that the song was originally performed in a punk/thrash style, and that it was recorded for this single in its now more-familiar country-inspired arrangement as a joke aimed at R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs. Over time, Mike Mills has taken over lead vocals instead of Michael Stipe when the band has played the song live. On R.E.M.’s appearance on VH1 Storytellers in 1998, Mills performed the song solo on piano.

Looking at your watch a third time waiting in the station for a bus
Going to a place that’s far, so far away and if that’s not enough
Going where nobody says hello, they don’t talk to anybody they don’t know
You’ll wind up in some factory that’s full time filth and nowhere left to go
Walk home to an empty house, sit around all by yourself
I know it might sound strange, but I believe
You’ll be coming back before too long

[Chorus]
Don’t go back to Rockville,
Don’t go back to Rockville,
Don’t go back to Rockville
And waste another year

At night I drink myself to sleep and pretend
I don’t care if you’re not here with me
‘Cause it’s so much easier to handle
All my problems if I’m too far out to sea
But something better happen soon
Or it’s gonna be too late to bring you back

[Chorus]

It’s not as though I really need you
If you were here I’d only bleed you
But everybody else in town only wants to bring you down and
That’s not how it ought to be
I know it might sound strange, but I believe
You’ll be coming back before too long

[Chorus: x2]Writer/s: BILL BERRY, PETER BUCK, MICHAEL MILLS, MICHAEL STIPE

13 Comments Add yours

  1. hanspostcard says:

    Great selection! One of my favorite R.E.M. tunes!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Hans. I was reading about how difficult it was to record Stipes voice for this album. Plus they were trying to do it in binaural so it sounds like it was a real nightmare. The album turned out brilliant in the end, but oh my what a grind!

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      1. hanspostcard says:

        I think the REM albums where Stipe was hard to understand were better than the ones where you could understand him!

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          lmao Hans. Your insights are always appreciated 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow, that was a good choice Lisa! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Christine 🙂

      Like

  3. Nice song and a great write up.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Jim 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. ghostmmnc says:

    This is a new one for me. Interesting background. I was thinking it sounded kind of country, then I read your description and all. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      You were right on the country, Barbara. They purposely made this one sound country for one of the sound engineers, I think. Your ear was right!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Don’t know this R.E.M. cut, but it has an Eagles feel…NICE! 👍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you Felicia!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. pvcann says:

    For me they were the hope of the 80S/90S in a sea of diminished spark.

    Liked by 1 person

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