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Texarkana song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is so good, it's almost just a perfect tune and idea.
    Relinquo1on May 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI moved from Austin, Texas to Texarkana, Texas and I can tell you, this is the worst town on earth. A papermill makes the place reek of death.
    wassonon February 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSuch a good roadsong! To me it suggests the loneliness of a person on their first great roadtrip alone. Family, lover, home are all half a world away and the speaker has to confront himself as self-alone-in-the-world for the first time, which is often both a wrenchingly painful and joyously exuberant feeling.
    Tuckeron February 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics in the demo of the song are nothing like the released version. In the chorus of the demo, Michael Stipe sings "When I live in Texarkana, where's that county line" instead of "I would give my life to find it, I would give it all." So, the title carried over even if the lyrics didn't.
    driveblindon September 26, 2011   Link
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    General Commentcan i shake your hand
    Abex22on May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe best song on Out of Time and one of my all time favorite REM songs. I'm still not sure why they titled it Texarkana, but the cryptic title adds to my love.

    Many years ago, a good friend of mine lived there, but he moved before I had the chance to visit and smell the town's putrid air.
    ratanxon September 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnother great Mills-lead-vocal song.
    99luftballoonson May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnother great Mills-lead-vocal song.
    99luftballoonson May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTexarkana is a city that belongs to two states, as it sits directly on the border of Texas and Arkansas.
    I see the narrator describing a journey passing quickly through the decades of his 20s, 30s and 40s. At the same time that he is taking this journey in time, he is also able to stand outside of himself and watch his journey as if he were watching three different men at these different times in his life. He sees how the different stages of his life and their challenges intersect, as his observation intersects time and timelessness.
    I'm sure there's much more to it, when you get into looking at the lyrics, but that's a first impression.
    thornapplebisonon May 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI remember looking this up a while back and it said somewhere it was based off a book by the same title. I've wanted to read the book since then, but can't find any information on it anymore.
    foodfoodon May 13, 2009   Link

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