Re: Comments about this song being pessimistic: You are missing the point. The upbeat tune betrays the song's (and the band's) undying optimism. I heard Wayne explain this song in an interview once. He said it's about knowing that evil will prevail but choosing love and goodness ANYWAY. That's why it begins, "With Loving hands and their arms are stretched so wide they can't seem to take a breath." It's a beautiful sentiment.
"They had a right to be pessimistic. They wrote it on 19th April 1995. " I had to go to Wikipedia to see what happened then. But I can't understand how this has got anything to do with Oklahoma city bombing.