Bittersweet Me

"Bittersweet Me" is a song by R.E.M., released as the second single from their tenth studio album New Adventures in Hi-Fi. The song was a bigger hit in the United States than the first single from the album, "E-Bow the Letter", except on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, where the first single's number 2 peak bested the number 6 peak of "Bittersweet Me".

"Bittersweet Me"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album New Adventures in Hi-Fi
B-side"Undertow (Live)"
ReleasedNovember 5, 1996
RecordedNovember 7, 1995 Memphis soundcheck
LabelWarner Bros.
R.E.M. singles chronology
"E-Bow the Letter"
"Bittersweet Me"

Like much of the album, the song originated while the band were on the road for the Monster tour, although the song was only ever soundchecked and has never been played live as part of a concert.[1]

The video for the single was shot in the style of an Italian movie entitled Stanco E Nudo (a translation of the line "tired and naked" in the song). It was included as a bonus video on the DVD release of In View - The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003.

The CD single features a live cover of "Wichita Lineman", a song written by Jimmy Webb and made popular by Glen Campbell.

The song appeared in an episode of Party of Five.

Track listing

All songs written by Berry, Buck, Mills, and Stipe unless otherwise indicated.

7", cassette, and CD single

  1. "Bittersweet Me" – 4:06
  2. "Undertow" (live)1 – 5:05

12" and CD maxi-single

  1. "Bittersweet Me" – 4:06
  2. "Undertow" (live)1 – 5:05
  3. "Wichita Lineman" (Webb) (live)2  – 3:18
  4. "New Test Leper" (live acoustic)3 – 5:29


1 Recorded at the Omni Theater, Atlanta, Georgia; November 18, 1995. Taken from the live performance video, Road Movie.
2 Recorded at The Woodlands, Houston, Texas; September 15, 1995.
3 Recorded at Bad Animals Studio, Seattle, Washington; April 19, 1996.

Personnel ("Bittersweet Me" only)

Additional personnel



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