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Leonard Cohen got additional songwriting credits for this, but not because he was actively involved, rather the band felt the song had strong similarities to Cohen's Suzanne.

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  • Avatar for ecorunner
    yeah "Suzanne" is nearly an identical acoustic slow version of "Hope". Both are amazing songs though. I never made that connection before recently.
  • Avatar for liquidvizions
    love this song + the last 35 seconds = shoegazey : - ]
  • Avatar for sparklecrunch
    well there you go - just learnt that Suzanne (one of my fave songs) is structurally identical to Hope (a song that sort of saved my life) ! Not a great REM fan but this song is stunning ;0
  • Avatar for antonijover
    Is it wrong to have discovered this song first and Cohen's later? [2] Probably not, I did too, but not through R.E.M. Wonderful, nonetheless...
  • Avatar for imaparade
    you want to climb the ladder and you want to see forever
  • Avatar for Emojk
    Is it wrong to have discovered this song first and Cohen's later?
  • Avatar for NeoOneNil
    One snapshot piece to solve humanity's problems are wherein these lyrics '...your question the sciences, your questioning religion...'
  • Avatar for inphanta
    Some of Stipe's best lyrics...
  • Avatar for fieldmuzick
    best song!
  • Avatar for nch_1993
    @CannedMango: It wasn't inspired by Leonard Cohen's Suzanne. They have said that they noticed the similarity only after they recorded it.

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