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R.E.M.: Reckoning: (Don't Go Back to) Rockville


 [(Don't Go Back to) Rockville]

(Don't Go Back to) Rockville
There was a girl at U. Georgia that everyone (including Mills) was infatuated with who was from Rockville, Md. [Mills] wrote the song because of the hullabaloo her summer departure was causing on campus. It was [perhaps] tongue in cheek, especially "you'll wind up in some factory" since Rockville is a rather well-to-do area and not much in the way of industry. [bduncan] * The woman is Ingrid Schorr, and she writes about her experiences as the subject of this song (and about what life in Athens in those days was like) in issue #15 of the magazine Hermenaut. [Chris Piuma] * This is one of the few songs in the R.E.M. catalogue where the words were (mostly) written by Mike Mills. [Chris Piuma]

"too far out to sea"
Presumably meaning "too drunk". [Chris Piuma]

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