Rockville : LUSENET : R.E.M. : One Thread

What town does Rockville(Don't go Back to) refer to? I've heard rumors that it is Starkville, Mississippi, but I was wondering if any one could give me a solid answer about it.

-- Peter Trenkle (, February 17, 2000


As far as I know, it was written by Mike about a fictional girl thinking of leaving a town. It was recorded as a joke for the guys lawyer, Bertis Downs. I have not read anywhere that there was really a plce, but I could be wrong

-- Ian Hill (, February 22, 2000.

Mike is referring to Rockville, Maryland. According to the story, Mike had a huge crush on a girl in college and she was contemplating going back to her home town of Rockville, Maryland. (It's located close to Washington D.C.) I've actually been there and it's a nice town...I would go back! I've seen them play at Merryweather Post in Maryland and they have yet to play that song! Maybe next tour...

-- Heather (, February 23, 2000.

This has nothing to do with the song, but I heard that the human genome thingy has just been decoded by genetic scientists in Rockville, USA. Famous town, huh?

-- Rob Fraser (, June 18, 2000.

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