Released in June 2020, on the face of it, this seems to be Stipe reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent worldwide quarantines. Where did this all begin to change?
The lockdown memories can't sustain
This glistening, hanging free fall
Aaron Dessner told Rolling Stone
Stipe wrote the lyrics to "No Time for Love Like Now" in the fall of 2019, well before the coronavirus era. He added: "When the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and social-distancing and self-isolation descended, they felt like they were written about this time all along and perhaps the message resonates especially now."