On this poignant track, a couple rekindles the love in their marriage when they realize their time together may be running out. Amanda Anne Platt was inspired by an acquaintance whose husband of more than 40 years was diagnosed with a terminal illness. "What really struck me was how she described the tenderness that the news brought back to their relationship," she explained.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.