Some of the best background vocals I've ever heard.  Supposedly Mike Mills (high part) and Bill Berry (low part) each sang their parts without hearing the other's. It just naturally goes together perfectly. That is chemistry.
The perfect closer. Loneliness, yes, but hope and a way forward too. One of the many songs from this album you could just write an entire essay about how good it is. It's no wonder a lot of people hated Monster when it came out: it's an excellent album but this kind of magic is gone.
makes me so melancholic. what a perfect song. love it - the whole album is a masterpiece. @CybrKhatru, yes, the backing vocal line by Mike - bloody brilliant.... guess there will never be another REM song comes near to this consoling tune. makes me wanna break up.... "Pick up here and chase the ride - the river empties to the tide...."