thanks to chelle for originally introducing me to this song, and the live version of it, with michael stipe. i almost wish i could hear a version with just michael singing it, his voice has a different level of passion and depth when he sings his parts of the song, which gift the song with stronger feelings, at least to me. it bypasses the adolescent sentiment about new love, and secret passions, and takes it a step further.
i'd say this is a guilty pleasure song, but i try not to feel guilty for things i enjoy. it's just a fucking good song (especially the cover, download it, truly).