"(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Looking at your watch a third time waiting in the station for a 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

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 drink myself to sleep and pretend
I don't care if 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 you back


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

[Chorus: x2]

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"(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +3
    General CommentMike Mills wrote it, it IS about a girl who Mike had a crush on and i believe dated a few times ( Her name was Ingrid Schorr). Anyway she was moving out of Athens to Rockville, this was Mike's plea to her to stay
    SwagBagon July 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song means everything to me. It says that it's easy to go home because that's where everything is easy. Your old friends, your old lover. Take the job your dad had, and never open up yourself up to the possibility of what else is out there. I wish I had listened to Michael's advice a little more.
    mumfon October 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnice song! REM is kickin like spanish chicken
    BethOrtonon July 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentever since i went to college, i've replaced "don't go back to rockville" w/ "don't go back to butler"...in honor of the shithole i once called home
    ZinbobDanon June 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about not going back to the old things that you used to know just because they are conforting. instead look forward because life is always changing and you have to change with it.
    epp88on June 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRockville is a Mills song; he wrote it and he sings it. Therefore, any Stipe reference, is moot.
    Willyhyenaon November 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a girl who was at their college, she was really hot, and rich, and lived in a city called Rockville, which was an great place to live. Nobody ever wanted her to go back. That's what I read anyway.
    MtterOFctItsAllDrkon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe way I heard it, it was about Jefferson Holt leaving and going back to Rockville, MD and the song was kind of a silly goodbye song for him.
    SMUSER17000412on October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song got me to like Americana
    because I used to think any country-ish sounding song was ment for yahoos and country bumpkins!
    Sparkle7on October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnah, mtter was closer to the version i remember...she got bad grades and her parents found out she was smoking weed and stuff, so they cut her off and financially forced her home (to rockville, md of course)
    ZinbobDanon February 10, 2005   Link

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