Lyricist Stipe's reference to Jesus and his teachings has always intrigued me, as does his song "Let Me In," which, though generally taken to be about Stipe's friend the late Kurt Cobain, includes this allusion to the post-Resurrection events described in John 21:1-13:
I only wish that I could hear you whisper down,
Mister fisherman, to a less peculiar ground.
He gathered up his loved ones and he brought them all around
To say goodbye, nice try.