"With 'At My Most Beautiful,' which is a full-on love song, I couldn't find the words. They'd all been done a zillion times. And then I found it with this line about eyelashes ("At my most beautiful, I count your eyelashes secretly".) That opened it up for me. I don't think it had been done before." - Michael Stipe
"I was stuck in traffic, this mid-day traffic, on Santa Monica Boulevard, but I had the tapes, and I was listening to them in the car, and I was trying to come up with stuff. I wrote the line, 'I found a way to make you smile', and I just thought, that's the most beautiful thing in the world." - Michael Stipe
"Obviously, this is our tribute to the Beach Boys. Mike told me that when he and Bill lived in Macon, they would cruise the city, singing along with a Beach Boys eight-track. The bass part on this is probably my favorite line that Mike has ever come up with. When we play it live, I play bass. I feel like such a pro, up on stage playing this super cool part." - Peter Buck
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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