"I love the idea of writing a song about unrequited love and obsession. About holding back, reaching forward, and then pulling back again. The thing for me that is most thrilling is you don't know if the person I'm reaching out for is aware of me. If they even know I exist. It's this really tearful, heartfelt thing that found its way into one of the best pieces of music the band ever gave me." - Michael Stipe
Like "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, this is just a classic obsession pop song. I've always felt the best kinds of songs are the ones where anybody can listen to it, put themselves in it and say, 'Yeah, that's me.'" - Michael Stipe
''You have your ideas of perfect love as it's offered to us in literature and film and you know, sometimes, it's a lot of fantasy. - Michael Stipe
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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