Leaving New York


"Leaving New York" is a song recorded by the American alternative rock band R.E.M.. It was released as the lead single from the band's 13th studio album, Around the Sun (2004). Although it was not as heavily promoted as earlier singles, it reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. However, the song failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the only lead US single from an R.E.M. studio album not to chart on the US Hot 100 besides "Cant Get There from Here" from Fables of the Reconstruction in 1985.

"Leaving New York"
Single by R.E.M.
from the album Around the Sun
B-side"(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" (live)
ReleasedAugust 23, 2004 (2004-08-23)
Recorded2004
GenreAlternative rock
Length4:49
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
R.E.M. singles chronology
"Animal"
(2004)
"Leaving New York"
(2004)
"Aftermath"
(2005)
Music video
"Leaving New York" on YouTube

In early live performances of the song (September 2004), the band would play Michael Stipe's "It's pulling me apart. Change." album backing vocal during the chorus and bridge of live performances. As early as February 2005, however, as evidenced on the R.E.M. Live disc, the band worked up an alternative whereby the backing vocals would be shared amongst Mike Mills, Scott McCaughey and Ken Stringfellow in order to make the song flow more smoothly.

Track listing


All tracks were written by Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe unless otherwise stated.

UK CD1[1]

  1. "Leaving New York" – 4:44
  2. "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" (Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe) (Live, Oslo October 25, 2003) – 4:35

UK CD2[2]

  1. "Leaving New York" – 4:49
  2. "You Are the Everything" (Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe) (Live, Raleigh, North Carolina – Soundcheck, October 10, 2003) – 3:30
  3. "These Days" (Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe) (Live, Toronto, Ontario, September 30, 2003) – 3:27

Charts


Release history


Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States August 23, 2004 (2004-08-23) Warner Bros. [25]
United Kingdom September 27, 2004 (2004-09-27) CD [26]
Australia October 4, 2004 (2004-10-04) [27]

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