Texarkana (song)

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Texarkana REM.jpg
Promotional CD single
Song by R.E.M. from the album Out of Time
Released 11 March 1991 (UK)
12 March 1991 (U.S.)
Recorded 1990
Length 3:37
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Scott Litt, R.E.M.
Out of Time track listing
"Half a World Away"
"Country Feedback"

"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.[citation needed]

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


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



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