Texarkana (song)

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Texarkana REM.jpg
Promotional CD single
Promotional single by R.E.M.
from the album Out of Time
ReleasedMarch 11, 1991
RecordedLate 1990
LabelWarner Bros.

"Texarkana" is a song from R.E.M.'s studio album Out of Time. Though not released as a single, it managed to chart at number 4 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. This song was written, musically and lyrically, by bassist Mike Mills (credited to Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe), as vocalist Michael Stipe had been having problems for weeks trying to come up with lyrics for it.[citation needed] As a result, Mills also sang lead vocals.

The title is a reference to the city of Texarkana (located on the border of Texas and Arkansas), originally mentioned in the chorus before it was changed. As heard on the Outtakes of Time bootleg as well as Out of Time's 25th Anniversary edition, Stipe's original chorus was "When I'm out in Texarkana / where's that county line / another county line."

It is one of few songs that the band never performed live.[citation needed]


Chart (1991) Peak
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[1] 4
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[2] 7



  1. ^ "R.E.M. Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  2. ^ "R.E.M. - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-05-06.