(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
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".