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R.E.M.: Reckoning: Letter Never Sent



"vacation in Athens is calling me"
Athens meaning Athens, Ga., which is where Stipe lives (see also: "Heaven's yours where I live"). Hence the irony: a vacation (perhaps from being on the road?) means going home, not to some exotic locale. [Chris Piuma]

"And knock, knock, knock on wood"
You knock on wood when you hope something you say will prove true. [Chris Piuma]

"The thought of the catacombs"
Catacombs are underground cemeteries. [Ron Henry]

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