Here on this REM acoustic songs page you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in pdf. format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets where available.
This song by REM is off of their 1991 album "Out Of Time". The song revolves around a mandolin riff from Peter Buck who just purchased a mandolin and was trying to learn how to pay it. This became the groups biggest charting song in the US to date at #4 on the Billboard chart. This song won 2 Grammy's in 1992.
From the album "Automatic For The People" in 1992 and the 2nd single from this album. The song did reach #1 in Iceland of all places and was a #30 in the US and #18 in the UK. The song was also featured in the 1999 film of the same name starring Jim Carey.
This is a song about skinny dipping at night according Mike Mills, whereas lead singer Michael Stipe said he wrote the lyrics about a nightwatchman but had to change the title to night swimming, because the nightwatchman said he would sue Stipe. The string arrangement here was arranged by the former bass player of Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones. The song is from 1992 and the album "Automatic For The People". Lead singer Michael Stipe sings this one along with the bass player Mike Mills, who is playing piano on this track.
The single peaked at #27 in the UK and #71 in Australia.
This song hails from the bands 1989 album "Green". The single peaked at #86 on Billboards Hot 100 charts. Stipe was asked by MTV to cover the 3 naked women he was dancing with somehow in the music video so he placed black stripes to cover their nipples.
In 1991 the album "Out Of Time" released this single which hit the top 10 in the US, Canada, Norway and the UK and featured Kate Pierson from the B-52's in both the music video and on the track itself.
This song hails from REM's debut album entitle "Murmur" but as a single was only released in the European market. The song failed to make the charts. The song was about hunger around the world and the music video made this point, but according to Stipe the song itself failed to showcase that fact.