R.E.M. — Driver 8
Album: Eponymous
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Released: 1988
Length: 3:19
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The walls are built up stone by stone
The fields divided one by one

And the train conductor says
Take a break, driver 8
Driver 8, take a break
We've been on this shift too long
And the train conductor says
Take a break, driver 8
Driver 8, take a break
We can reach our destination
But we're still a ways away, but it's still a ways away

I saw a treehouse on the outskirts of the farm
The power lines have floaters so the airplanes won't get snagged
The bells are ringing through the town again
The children look up, all they hear is sky-blue bells ringing

And the train conductor says
Take a break, driver 8
Driver 8, take a break
We can reach our destination
But we're still a ways away, but it's still a ways away
But we're still a ways away, but it's still a ways away

A way to shield the hated heat
A way to put myself to sleep
A way to shield the hated heat
A way to put myself, my children to sleep

He piloted this song in a plane like that one
She is selling faith on the Go Tell Crusade
Locomotive 8, Southern Crescent, hear the bells ring again
The fields of wheat is looking thin

And the train conductor says
Take a break, driver 8
Driver 8, take a break
We've been on this shift too long
And the train conductor says
Take a break, driver 8
Driver 8, take a break
We can reach our destination
But we're still a ways away, but it's still a ways away
But we're still a ways away, but it's still a ways away
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"The children look up, all they hear is sky blue bells" - the line that made me an REM fan.
I was lucky enough to see them live, right when they were starting out. Great show!
Athens, '84- Those were good times....
 treatment_bound wrote:

Really?  I just can't imagine Berry, Buck, Mills & Stipe sitting around their studio in late '83 listening to this:


   

 Melinda was mine
'Til the time that I found her
Holding Jim, loving him

 
I can
 treatment_bound wrote:

Really?  I just can't imagine Berry, Buck, Mills & Stipe sitting around their studio in late '83 listening to this:


   

 Melinda was mine
'Til the time that I found her
Holding Jim, loving him

 
In 1993 I was in Washington DC with friends at American Uni and Mighty Mighty Bosstones played and showed up at our after show party, and all Dickie played was Neil Diamond which we had in our CD collection.   The rest of the band bitched that it was like being in the tour bus again.  Neil is the man.  A solitary mam.  He plays and writes brilliant music.  
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 treatment_bound wrote:
This song should have at least been a minor hit in the Summer of '85.

Instead, we got the theme song from "St. Elmo's Fire" by John Parr!

 
..there was also "Every Time You Go Away (You Take A Piece Of Meat With You)" by Paul Young from that summer.  Actually, maybe it's best forgotten.
This song should have at least been a minor hit in the Summer of '85.

Instead, we got the theme song from "St. Elmo's Fire" by John Parr!
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            Siamese girls excel in kappatronics.
I Love this Song.Very Good.
 wgsu_1978 wrote:

I can.
 
Agree.  These days I read many negative comments about Diamond—but not from songwriters.  He is highly respected in that group as he should be.
ALWAYS LOVE IT  {#Cowboy}
 treatment_bound wrote:

Really?  I just can't imagine Berry, Buck, Mills & Stipe sitting around their studio in late '83 listening to this:


   

 Melinda was mine
'Til the time that I found her
Holding Jim, loving him

 
I can.
 bokey wrote:

Same notes and chords as when Neil Diamond wrote it in 1966.They just removed part of the melody,changed the title from "Solitary Man" and changed the lyrics.

 
Really?  I just can't imagine Berry, Buck, Mills & Stipe sitting around their studio in late '83 listening to this:


   

 Melinda was mine
'Til the time that I found her
Holding Jim, loving him
 hencini wrote:
I learned to play this song on the guitar in the summer of 1996. I can still play it note for note. Great song. Great band.  

 
Same notes and chords as when Neil Diamond wrote it in 1966. They just removed part of the melody,changed the title from "Solitary Man" and changed the lyrics.
 teleskialaska wrote:
{#Bananapiano}

Keep on dancing Lazarus

 
Thank you, teleskialaska!  I hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute...

everybody in my homeless camp loves this song...  we be dancing... 
Definately
A long drive song
 Proclivities wrote:

 REM were not the "first" anything - other than maybe the first band named after a sleep cycle.

 
{#Clap}--Thanks "Procliv", best laugh I've had all day on another crappy Friday...
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
have been an r.e.m. fan since '85, and never considered them 'alt-country"...is that just because they were from Athens?  Jason and the Scorchers were alot more 'alt country"...Stipe's way too weird (in a good way) to be considered country, although Peter Buck prolly wouldn't mind the reference.  And yeah, Gram Parsons was a granddaddy of that sound, and Buck Owens before him, and so on and so on....



 
Mike Mills wouldn't likely mind being referred to as "Alt-Country" I mean just take a look at his Nudie suit collection!
SO overplayed! Queue this one up again in 2017 or so.