Stipe mentioned that this song
was partially inspired by reading about the illegal parakeet
and tropical bird trade in Australia/Southeast Asia, where birds
are removed from their idyllic natural habitats to be caged and
used as pets in the West. [Ron
"the parakeet who's colored bitter
"Bitter lime" is a typical parakeet feather coloration.
"the sunspot flares of the early
Solar flares, that disrupt communications and cause auroras,
peaked in frequency around 1992-3. [Ron
Henry] * Believed also by some to disrupt
consciousness to a certain extent, IIRC. [Lisa Gardner]
"the tectonic dispatcher shifts"
"Tectonic" means relating to the process of movement
of portions of the earth's crust. [Ron
"of Brisbane's sunny shore"
Brisbane is an Australian city.
"where buddhas tend to mending
Buddhas, in Buddhism, are enlightened beings. [Ron Henry]
"of eucalyptus fragrances and coriander
Eucalyptys is a tree native to Australia with fragrant leaves.
* See Find the River for coriander.
"warm Pacific breeze"
The name of the ocean was derived from root word for "peaceful".