"Michael Stipe's friendship means more than I can ever tell you. He's one of the most consistent people you can have as a friend. I consider myself very loyal but unreliable. He's very reliable."
The title for the song 'Shadows and Tall Trees' is taken from William Goldings "Lord Of The Flies", whose 5th chapter bears the same name. The song, and the album, is about boyhood, innocence and struggle, as is Golding's book.