(Don't Go Back To) Rockville Lyrics - R.E.M.

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Looking at your watch a third time waiting in the station for the 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 dream myself to sleep and pretend
I don't care that 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 me back

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(repeat 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 me down and
That's not how it ought to be
Well I know it might sound strange, but I believe
You'll be coming back before too long



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Don't Go Back to Rockville, MD | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/23/13

I moved to Rockville from the US Southwest when I was 6. The kids were rude and mean, but I didn't have any basis for comparison. As I got older, it bothered me that the people on television didn't act like the people around me, and I thought that the TV was wrong, that real people weren't all friendly and hello and are you okay and how can I help you. But then I became an adult and traveled the country coast to coast several times, spending months in a wide variety of locations.

Rockville, Maryland, really IS a cold and unhappy place full of lonely people whose standoffishness makes Vermont seem friendly and whose arrogance makes the French look humble.

For those of us who lived here, those two lines in the song about people not saying hello and not talking to anyone they didn't know, we knew that it couldn't be anything other than our hometown. And those of us who heard the refrain knew how true it was. A year in Rockville is a year wasted. Don't go back.

Eu amo esse canção | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/12/12

Eu amo esse canção. Aqui no Brasil em minha cidade natal eu e meus amigos ouviamos todos os dias quando eramos adolescentes. Ainda hohe é a minha preferida junto com That joke ins't funny anymores do The Smiths.

Refresh | Reviewer: Onasi | 10/19/11

I have a automatic stereo player that turns on everyday at 6:30 every morning, this song is the second one that comes on in the cd player. I travel a lot and my ex sent it to me a day after I moved to a new city. I don't think it really depends what city it is, because the ex is going to say how crappy the city is anyways, like Mill's lyrics does about "Rockville".

Love, Minneapolis, MN.

Refresh | Reviewer: Onasi | 10/19/11

I have a automatic stereo player that turns on everyday at 6:30 every morning, this song is the second one that comes on in the cd player. I travel a lot and my ex sent it to me a day after I moved to a new city. I don't think it really depends what city it is, because the ex is going to say how crappy the city is anyways, like Mill's lyrics does about "Rockville".

Love, Minneapolis, MN.

i absolutley love this song | Reviewer: celia garza fontana | 7/17/11

oh! i love this song.my boyfriend at the time introduced it to me on our first date we got married 7 days later. Now weve been married just over a month and separated. i listen to it every day... Really sad song.........

Someone who used to live in Rockville... | Reviewer: LOLer | 2/5/10

I never noticed that people wouldn't say hello to strangers. It was all normal to me until I moved to New York and the people there were extremely friendly. I was surprised and didn't know whether Rockvillers were unfriendly or New Yorkers were extremely friendly. ^-^ an extremely enjoyable song!

Hank woulda loved this song | Reviewer: Andy | 1/25/10

Really just a touching song. FYI, there is a Rockville, GA but that's not the point - this song is more about loneliness and wanting (persuading) someone to stay. Also, I think the line is "full time filled" meaning the person would have to work part-time - not as desirable. But what a great song.

love the song and the town | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/15/10

Anonymous (from 11/21/08) is right - we just moved to Rockville and have fallen in love with it. It certainly has grown out of the Rockville that inspired R.E.M., but also realize that in a don't-leave-me song the singer will make his love interest's alternative sound far worse than it really is. Even so, I kind of dig that there's a not-so-flattering song about where I now call home. Sorta like a red badge of courage. But that may just be the Chicago "Second City" underdog in me.

Rockville not in CA | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/24/09

And it's not Rockville, California. Despite being less than an hour away from the bay area's urbanity, it's as small of a small town you can get. In fact, the only real town part is the shopping area on the four corners of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. Rest is farms and homesteads.

Great song. REM rocks.

I don't think Mills ever went to Rockville before writing this | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/21/08

nice little song, but that isn't Rockville Maryland at all. I was born and raised there since 1982. Girl from Rockville - "soul less" is the last term I'd use to describe Rockville. I grew up watching symphonies and shakespeare performed in the old Rockville Town Center on warm summer nights, Hometown holidays, 4th of July on the lawns at Richard Montgomery, etc. This is not a dreary factory town as Mills seems to believe his girlfriend was going to return home to. Seattle is a lot drearier than Rockville ever was.

good stuff | Reviewer: bean | 2/15/08

REM and some other bands from that area have put out some quality music. It's a shame that era has generally come to pass. Southern influence is apparent in the lyrics and style. This does not simply fit under the "country" genre.

The Diversity or R.E.M. | Reviewer: Robert | 10/25/07

This is a great song and shows the diversity of R.E.M.'s music, from rockin out to country they can do everything in between as well to a standard 99% of bands can only dream.

Girl from Rockville loves this song! | Reviewer: June STeele | 6/30/07

I love this song! The line that says "Going where nobody says hello, they don't talk to anyone they don't know." That line totally hits home. I have always thought of Rockville as so "soul less." It seems even more so now that I live in a town with a whole lot of soul, where everyone says hello, the home of Buddy Holly, Lubbock, Texas.

Genuis Even In Their Inside Joke.... | Reviewer: Bob Zeisler | 5/18/06

What started off as a joke to crack Bertis Downs, their manager at the time, turned out to be arguably the most polished song on R.E.M's second Album, Reckoning. Telling Downs that their follow-up to the immortal Murmur would be a country album, Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Micheal Stipe produced (Don't Go Back to) Rockville, a Nashville-tinged romp replete with Buck on slide guitar, and made all the more authentic with Stipe's natural southern drawl. With the lyrics allegedly inspired by the leaving of a co-ed hottie that was the bands' classmate at the University of Georgia, Rockville withstands the test of time and easily ranks among the best of the legendary band's formidable catelog.



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