What began as a song about intra-band friction, emerges into a universal song of love, peace and reconciliation. "We get to carry each other, carry each other." Indeed.
From the opening guitar echos, through Axl's wail, Slash's solos… It's all there – with an ass-wiggling riff to boot.
One verse, one chorus, one riff, one ultra-smooth bass line, perfect harmonies, perfect beat – this is REM at their best; the drum into never failed to beckon me.