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Posted on Dec 03 at 11:36 PM by Anonymous

I was already very fond of the song but perhaps I wasn't quite ready to really hear it until a very difficult year in which I finally came out to myself, my family, and my friends. I began hearing this song in a whole new way and though I love all of REM's work this is the song that I put on when I'm feeling contemplative and want to think about the meaning of my life and my place in the world. I've often wondered what Michael S was thinking when he wrote it.

Posted on Nov 17 at 3:00 PM by Anonymous

I went to see REM so many times, but only saw them perform Nightswimming once. It's my favourite, favourite REM song. It's as though Michael has described my own memories. It also reminds me of my brother Nick as we always went to see them together...sadly we missed the last opportunity in the UK as we both had recently had babies. My favourite of all the gigs we went to together was a tiny one in Hammersmith, London. Only 3,000 people in the crowd and we got so close to the stage...

Nick will probably post about So.Central Rain once I've sent him to this site ...but for me it's Nightswimming

Posted on Nov 16 at 11:55 AM by Anonymous

"Nightswimming" may be the most evocative song R.E.M. has ever written (with "You Are the Everything" as a close second). I grew up in the southern United States, and I too have memories of hanging out with friends during those long, warm summer nights.
The lyrics of "Nightswimming" describe a time and place in such exact detail that I can clearly visualize everything Michael writes about -- as vivid as the "photograph on the dashboard."
And what an amazing poetic image he creates with these words: "September's coming soon/ I'm pining for the moon/ And what if there were two, side by side in

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