Last night, Michael Stipe gave an emotional, touching speech inducting Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The year marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, as well as the release of Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York.

Stipe was good friends with Cobain and was godfather to his daughter, Frances Bean. He has spoken on many occasions about Cobain’s death and their relationship and it is certainly a hot topic again, on the heels of Nirvana’s induction.

In the video below from 1994, he and fellow R.E.M. member, Mike Mills, discuss the deaths of Cobain and River Phoenix, the impact it had on them, and the tribute the band paid to Cobain in the song “Let Me In” from the R.E.M. album, Monster.

If you would care to read them, here are the lyrics to “Let Me In“:

Yeah all those stars drip down like butter
And promises are sweet
We hold out our pans with our hands to catch them
We eat them up, drink them up, up, up, up

Heyyyyyyyyyyy, let me in

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.

Heyyyyyyyyyyy, let me in
Yeah yeah yeah

I had a mind to try to stop you
Let me in. Let me in
Well, I got tar on my feet and I can’t see all the birds look down and laugh at me
Clumsy, crawling out of my skin

Heyyyyyyyyyyy, let me in
Yeah yeah yeah