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R.E.M.

Driver 8

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“Driver 8” was the second single from R.E.M.‘s third album, Fables of the Reconstruction. While credited to Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe, it was primarily written by Bill Berry. Released in September 1985, the song peaked at #22 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was not released in Europe. The song refers to the Southern Crescent, a passenger train operated by the Southern Railroad until 1979, and continues today (with fewer stops) as the Amtrak Crescent. The music video shows Chessie System trains running around Clifton Forge, Virginia. Guitarist Peter Buck admitted in the liner notes for the band’s 2003 compilation album that the verse chords for the song “Imitation of Life” were unintentionally taken from the verse chords of “Driver 8.“ NASCAR driver... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ And the train conductor says ... Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break ... Way to shield the hated heat

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