Describing the influence of nature on their art, Mike and Marcus related the following story to Virgin Megaweb about the production of "Rue the Whirl":
There's this track on the album called "Rue the Whirl", where you can hear birds singing. What happened was that I was listening to the track, and, oddly, I could hear birds singing. Then I realized that the window was open in the studio, and since the birdsong went so well with the music, we recorded it to capture the feel of what we experienced listening with the window open" (Virgin Megaweb Magazine, 1998).
That's a simple track. It has a predominate woodwind riff, ascending over and over, which puts you in a trance, but there are some evolving textures in there which may or may not be obvious at first, such as birds and water. It has similar hypnotizing effect to something like the melodies you hear from a rusty swing, needed to be oiled or machinery on a journey, or even a windscreen wiper, the noise it makes over and over. The surrounding environment is continuously moving. I think it works well because everybody wants to rue the whirl."
[Ken Stewart] - this might be a distortion of the phrase "rule the world". See the French language interview (on the links page) for more on this; the studio window was open when BoC listened to this track; the birdsong they heard outside went so well with the music that they recorded it and added it to the track.
[Goatmancods] - suggests that Rue the Whirl might express regret over how quickly childhood passes by in the whirl of time.