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This was the first of two singles released from the Lifes Rich Pageant album. It peaked at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it never charted on the UK Singles Charts.

Though Michael Stipe described the song once as "pretty much a song about oppression," the song is about acid rain and its effects on the environment, hence the first line of the chorus, "Don't fall on me."

In audience patter prior to a performance of the… read more

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  • I love to listen to Bill's part in this song. Good memories. "It's going to faaallll."
  • One of their best songs!!!!!
  • I remeber my older days.
  • One of the songs for the island!
  • Unplugged version is fantastic.
  • One of those that, like, define me.
  • best REM song
  • "Well I could keep it above, but then it wouldn't be sky anymore, so if I send it to you, you've got to promise to keep it whole..." >> Favourite lines. [2]
  • This has been my favorite R.E.M. for many, many years, and I love rather a lot of them. One of the best bands ever.
  • Possibly R.E.M.'s most hauntingly beautiful song. And they have a lot of contenders.

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