That PJ song that you heard in just the moment you needed it

Hey! First thread ever here - So, this is why I believe PJ has become so important to me. Their music is awesome all around, never a bad song. BUT... what sets them apart is that it seems like when I'm going through something in my personal life it seems as though the right song just comes on my speakers. Two big "dammit Eddie" moments: 1. In a really bad marriage, quite abusive, in probably the worst time of my life, I was so depressed I was suicidal... So I was hanging my clothes in the terrace and start contemplating just jumping from it. And then "Better man" came on. Just started crying like crazy. Next day, 10 AM, sat my husband down, told him I wanted a divorce. Best decision I ever made. 2. Simply contemplating all the mistakes that I made, all the things I could have done better, all the time I wasted on people or things that didn't matter. "Present Tense" comes on. Tears roll down my eyes as I ride the train and people wonder what the fuck could be wrong with me.

I mean, do you ever feel like they got front row seat to the movie of your life or something?

Weird. But they got me through - it's not like music MAKES you make decisions, but they sure do encourage thought, turn you into the right direction (if the lyrics are good) and that may be the push you need to, sometimes, even save your own life. In a way this thread is my thank you note to Ed, who surely won't see it, but I like to put it out there anywhere. Sorry if I sound like a freak. I can't help it if I'm one.

From Buenos Aires, thank you!

Anyone want to share their just-at-the-right-time songs?


  • r00thless91r00thless91 Santa Ana, CAPosts: 43
    Footsteps.. It's been a month but I've done more for myself this month than I have when I was with him. Some people just get comfortable and want to drag you down with them. So this wraps up my whole week. :)
  • I know exactly what you mean!!
  • DPAttyDPAtty Posts: 31
    edited October 2014
    Too many songs in too many situations to narrow it to just one, but some that immediately spring to mind:

    The End-the pain in those lyrics and the raw emotion they elicit helped draw me back from the edge when I was thisclose to ending my marriage. Really fucking dark times;

    Future Days-released right as I was in the midst of putting the pieces back together and reconciling said marriage. It fits our situation to a T, like Ed knew everything that had happened;

    Long Road, especially the San Diego, 2006 show. Long Road has always been special for me, although I could never really articulate EXACTLY why. It's just a haunting song, lyrically and melodically. It's truly a masterpiece of art. But the San Diego 2006 version is the only recording in which Eddie explains the song's origins that I'm aware of. I hadn't listened to that version since probably 2008. When a dear friend was killed in a car wreck on Easter, 2013, I retreated into PJ as my refuge, and that San Diego show surfaced again, and with it, that version of Long Road. It couldn't be said more perfectly at that moment than as Eddie puts it following around 5:30 or so, and for the next minute, during his explanation of the song's origins: "We lost one of the good ones. This is an important moment in history - we lost one of the good ones." And he changes the lyrics later on to "I know you're with me, I know you're with me today." (Probably because he fucked up the first part of that quatrain by singing the "the sun is settin'" part first...good recovery, but it works, especially for me that day and every time since.

    Alive-I listen to this on the rather rare instances when I am able to stop a client's execution.

    Indifference-the opposite of "Alive"...I listen to it for the defiance and "fuck you" mindset in the face of overwhelming odds, for strength to keep going when the state kills one of my clients.

    I should really stop at this point...this list seems rather depressing as I read over it!!

    On the other hand, Just Breathe was playing when one of my kids was born, so I've got that going for me...which is nice.
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    "But first he was stripped and then he was stabbed by faceless men, well, fuckers, he still stands!"
    "No matter how cold the winter, there's a spring time ahead..."
    "I'm still alive."
    "I believe, and I believe 'cuz I can see our future days. Days of you and me."

    1998.08.26 Cleveland; 2000.10.14 Houston; 2000.10.15 Houston; 2003.04.06 Houston;
    2004.10.02 Toledo; 2006.05.20 Cleveland; 2006.05.22 Auburn Hills; 2010.05.06 Columbus;
    2010.05.09 Cleveland; 2014.10.01 Cincinnati; 2016.04.26 Lexington
  • r00thless91r00thless91 Santa Ana, CAPosts: 43
    it was not depressing, more of an interesting read. :)
  • it was not depressing, more of an interesting read. :)

    I'm with her. It's so nice to hear how people turn to Pearl Jam for comfort. I guess it's
  • Last-12-ExitLast-12-Exit Charleston, SCPosts: 8,661
    Last kiss and just breathe for me.
    Jealousy is ugly.
    Elistist Fucking Asshole.

    Mine is mine and yours won't take its place.

    Noblesville 8-17-98
    Jacksonville 11-25-12 EV
    Charlotte 10-30-13
  • RearviewmirrorerRearviewmirrorer San José, Costa RicaPosts: 18
    Thumbing my way.... it gave me a lot of hope in a moment I needed it...
  • jhager79jhager79 Kitchener Ontario Posts: 56
    Thumbing my way."No matter how cold the winter, there's a springtime ahead"
    To me it means that if things are bad now, they will get better. Just one persons take on a great song.
    Toronto 2003
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    London 2005

    Toronto 2006 May 9/10
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    Toronto 2016 May 10/12
    "No matter how cold the winter, there's a springtime ahead"
  • Man...just last week, feeling really overwhelmed and lost. I really felt like a shitty husband for focusing so much on my work and not enough on my lady. Off He Goes comes on and it just hits me like a ton of bricks.

    If You Like Crunchy Guitar Riffs, Powerful Vocals, Melodic Guitar Solos, And Meaningful Lyrics..then you need to check out one of the most refreshing new hard rock bands in quite some time...-->The Liberty Underground<--
  • Their songs are very different from each other, and every song is important. There are moments that I need to listen Do the Evolution, cause give me power,but also there are moments that I need Nothingman, cause I want to stay calm.This is only an example, but I love Pearl Jam in every song! they save my life, literally!
  • Nice thread... some heavy reading! Amazing how this band does this to people, like the OP said, like they have a front row seat in the movie of your life.

    So many songs/lyrics have nailed me over the years, but probably most memorable is EV's "Rise." It hit me while seeing him in Tulsa in 2012. It was a pivotal time for me, my family, my career. I was faced with an important decision, and when I heard the lyric "Gonna rise up, find my direction magnetically. Gonna rise up, throw down my ace in the hole," I remember feeling like I suddenly knew exactly what I needed to do and feeling a sense of complete peace and unbreakable confidence in my decision.

    Recently "Inside Job" has been on repeat in my head. "I will not lose my faith." And "Let me run into the rain, to shine a human light today." Love it.

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  • Absolutely happens to me. A lot. It's one of the reasons I can handle my commute... Tuesday- perfect example: crappy mood, put in Mansfield boot 2008... don't look at/recall opener.. and it's Hard to Imagine. Immediate tears when I hear opening notes. I love that song SO MUCH. A few songs later is Down... Won't let the light escape from me, won't let the darkness swallow me. It resonated and lifted my spirits. It's nuts how some lines just HIT me. BAM!

    Thank you, Universe, for Pearl Jam.
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  • GabrielleMGabrielleM BrazilPosts: 20
    Thumbing My Way, that song is my solace I think. I don't know how to explain, but I've gone through many times that my heart was really broken and that song was better than any advice anyone ever gave to me.
    Immortality, Present Tense, I Am Mine, Indifference... Those songs really helped to go through some things, specially with my own mental health.
    There's a lot of songs, each one helps me to go through a lot of things that happens in my life. I am glad that I got the chance to know the band through my parents, because their songs are there when I feel like I am falling.
    Once you hold the hand of love, it's all surmountable

    EV SOLO (May 7th 2014)
    SÃO PAULO (November 15th 2015)
    BELO HORIZONTE (November 20th 2015)
  • courtmcccourtmcc South JerseyPosts: 1,097
    Inside Job saved my life. I wouldn't be here if I didn't hear that song at that moment.
  • InHiding80InHiding80 Upland,CAPosts: 7,623

    I have been in many situations leaving people and surroundings I know I will gladly never be around again and that song just describes it to a T at the end.
    RIP America (1776-2016)
  • SarahSarah TorontoPosts: 670
    Just want to say that I love threads like this.
    "Somewhere in between / There and here / I got lost / I got scared..."
  • ShynerShyner Posts: 931
    Last kiss for u Chloe, I love u
  • FoxkinFoxkin Somerset UKPosts: 18
    Present Tense and Indifference have regular playtime in my head, as well as Rear View Mirror! But in the depths of serious depression last year, The Fixer actually became my anthem and gave me some encouragement to keep going. I think that's what I love, a song for every joy and headf*** out there. Damn Ed, how do you do it?!
  • stuckinlinestuckinline Posts: 1,900
    "Some words when spoken...can't be taken back..."
  • dpduke69dpduke69 Raleigh, NCPosts: 187
    jhager79 said:
    Thumbing my way."No matter how cold the winter, there's a springtime ahead" To me it means that if things are bad now, they will get better. Just one persons take on a great song.

    That line is so therapeutic to me. I'm not religious but that line is like a little prayer for me when things are getting dark again.
    2013: Charlotte
    2016: Greenville Columbia
  • khinmonkhinmon Posts: 4
    edited July 2017
    The song that I heard when I most needed it was definitely "Just Breathe". I had been going through a lost of stress and heard the song after a really long day. The lines "Oh I'm a lucky man to count on both hands the ones I love" brought some much needed perspective into my day. 
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  • stuckinlinestuckinline Posts: 1,900
    Heard 'Just Breathe' as a family member was dying. Not my favorite song, but the lyrics took on a whole new meaning.
  • ShynerShyner Posts: 931
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