Fireplace

Album: Document (1987)
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Songfacts®:

  • Steve Berlin of Los Lobos plays the saxophone on this track. Berlin was a friend of the band since their early days: in 1982, R.E.M. was a supporting act for the Chicano-Punk band "The Plugz," which Berlin was a member of at that time.
  • The lyrics come from an excerpt of a speech of Mother Ann Lee, leader of the American Shaker sect in the 18th century. (source: Inside Out by Craig Rosen, thanks, Martin - Rostock, Germany)

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