Track of the DayR.E.M. - Nightswimming

NeilBy | posted on 12th March 2014
AlbumAutomatic for the PeopleLabelYearChart PosTags

Written during the Out of Time recording sessions, but not completed until later, "Nightswimming" was, for a long time, a simple, circular piano pattern that Mike Mills established gradually. Holding the track back from Out of Time meant that it benefitted from the more confident and complete string arrangements that John Paul Jones added to Automatic For The People.

Uncommonly among R.E.M. songs, "Nightswimming" is autobiographical, looking back on carefree summer nights of old, when the gang would go skinny-dipping in the local lake.