Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago,
turned around backwards so the windshield shows.
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse.
Still, it's so much clearer now.
I forgot my shirt at the water's edge.
The moon is low tonight.

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
I'm not sure all these people understand.
It's not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
of recklessness and water.
They cannot see me naked.
These things, they go away,
replaced by everyday.

Nightswimming, remembering that night.
September's coming soon.
I'm pining for the moon.
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun
That bright, tight forever drum
could not describe nightswimming

You, I thought I knew you
You, I cannot judge
You, I thought you knew me,
this one laughing quietly underneath my breath.

The photograph reflects,
every streetlight a reminder.
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night.

Lyrics submitted by JohnnyCash

Nightswimming (R.E.M. cover) song meanings
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    General Commenteven tho this is an rem song, it fits chris so well. i love the part about turning the picture around
    thisoldwound13on July 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentglad ive never had to hear this so i dont have to think of these retards everytime i hear the rem version..

    42ozon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI lyke this song better with Carrabba cozz a don't think he tries to be lyk REM n chris doesn't need to try hard to make this song work for him XD

    oh yeh n 42oz tizz DASHBOARD, so y waste yer time on a band ye don't even lyk

    n a wood if ye had 1 :O
    *Star*eyes*on December 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song separates one from a trusted space to a a space of vulnerability and despondent adventure.

    This happens when we become disillusioned.

    As if he wished he had cohorts to share this with instead of cohorts to sing about.

    The subject becomes irrelevant when you take into account who is missing.

    You realize he is alone...that there is no one around... He is left doing something in isolation that is only novel if done with those who live to tell the tale.

    He creates his own drama by objects and assumptions of by standards that could care less.

    We are left with the image of ourselves when we digress and pretend we are better off alone.

    We reason we are better... And better for it.

    Yet we have nothing to show.

    We have nothing to share.

    Only a memory of something we wanted in different expression and with less slight.

    "These things they go away... Replaced with every day"
    tebdanneron April 26, 2015   Link

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