This song was written by Drummer Mike Botts and Guitarist James Griffin. Botts came up with the main riff, while Griffin played along with it and came up with a solo. They wrote the lyrics together.
"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.