Which Pearl Jam song means the most to you?

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  • TACTAC NWPosts: 37
    So many to choose from. Present Tense ranks near the top. Live in the present tense.
  • Given2fly83Given2fly83 Posts: 4
    edited April 2017
    Given To Fly

    I was at the Quebec City, Canada show on May 5 2016, and heard the beautiful dedication Eddie gave to a women that had recently lost a man she loved. I lost my brother tragically a few years ago so this dedication hit me right in the feels. Like Eddie knew exactly how I felt. That night I met Eddie randomly after the show and thanked him for always making his fans feel special.

    I had always wanted a tattoo in memory of my brother that was special and not too sad. The very next day in Quebec City I got a tattoo. "Given To Fly". My amazing brother was Given To Fly.

    I then ran into Mike McCready that same day. Thanked him for his music and as well, for his charity work with Crohns Disease etc. He was so kind. Unbeknownst to me, I was at that moment suffering from Crohns Disease.

    That weekend was such a special moment in my life. These guys are amazing people, so kind, so humble and helping people in ways they will never know.

    Today for my 3rd infusion of remicade for Crohns Disease, I wore my Pearl Jam shirt, sporting my "Given To Fly" tattoo. To hounor their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Mike's belated Birthday.




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  • PapPap Serres, GreecePosts: 18,797
    ^ Wow! Thanks for sharing! Stay strong!
    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.


    Sep 30, 2006 - OAKA Sports Hall - Athens, Greece
    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
  • It would be so much easier to choose an album, No Code kind of guided me through one of the darkest loneliest times of my life. I remember walking down the middle of the street, past the bricks, mid winter listening to that album day after day. If anything I'd take 3 songs from No Code and in this order they'd go smile, sometimes and present tense. They got me through some tough times. Honorable mention would be indifference, its kind of my redemption song, keeps me from giving up or giving in. As I'm sure we all feel there's so many good, powerful songs to choose from with so much inspiration and resolve behind them.
  • Love Boat Captain.

    I know it was written for a very specific event, but like all great art, the words transcend the event that prompted them.

    Cause to the universe I don't mean a thing
    And there's just one word I still believe
    And it's love
  • AnnafalkAnnafalk SwedenPosts: 3,524
    Very cool, Given2fly83 !!!
    Much thanks for sharing and lucky you :)
    I really liked what you said to Eddie and Mike. :)
  • ShynerShyner Posts: 1,226
    Future days
  • fixingfixing Posts: 8
    Pap said:
    Burton wrote:
    I couldn't attempt to answer this question,
    but a few people have mentioned "present tense" and i'd like to tell a story :D

    I'm a musician, Making an album is all I've wanted to do with my life since i first heard "no code" and Live's "Throwing Copper", Present Tense was my first ever favorite song.

    Much later, I was going to see a girl.
    This was a big deal, I've suffered greatly from social anxiety most of my life, girls hate me, i'm ugly, a nerd, weird etc etc... you know the type.

    It had reached the point that i literally get the shakes trying to buy something at a shop if theirs a woman behind the counter.

    Just turning up at her door was the most difficult and courageous thing I've ever done.

    All the way there (was a 20 minute drive) i had Present Tense on repeat in the my car.
    I stopped 5 times in fear, 2 of those times i turned around and started heading home.
    Took over an hour to get there, but i did get there.

    About a year later the whole fiasco turned out to be about as productive as swallowing a cluster grenade, BUT that's not the point

    The point is, that song gave me the strength to face a full-blown phobia

    Nice story! Good for you! :thumbup: Welcome to the forums! :wave:
    Beautiful post, I understand where you come from.( I got ID)
    I read some where that the body is just vehicle for you?! Its 'who you are' inside that matters. Visual beauty is just that, not inner beauty. Sorry, hope this helps..
  • fixingfixing Posts: 8
    Given To Fly I was at the Quebec City, Canada show on May 5 2016, and heard the beautiful dedication Eddie gave to a women that had recently lost a man she loved. I lost my brother tragically a few years ago so this dedication hit me right in the feels. Like Eddie knew exactly how I felt. That night I met Eddie randomly after the show and thanked him for always making his fans feel special. I had always wanted a tattoo in memory of my brother that was special and not too sad. The very next day in Quebec City I got a tattoo. "Given To Fly". My amazing brother was Given To Fly. I then ran into Mike McCready that same day. Thanked him for his music and as well, for his charity work with Crohns Disease etc. He was so kind. Unbeknownst to me, I was at that moment suffering from Crohns Disease. That weekend was such a special moment in my life. These guys are amazing people, so kind, so humble and helping people in ways they will never know. Today for my 3rd infusion of remicade for Crohns Disease, I wore my Pearl Jam shirt, sporting my "Given To Fly" tattoo. To hounor their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Mike's belated Birthday.
    Wow! Thats like a PJ miracle! 
  • fixingfixing Posts: 8
    Amongst the Waves:
    Beautiful lyrics: remember back in the early days when you were young and less amazed.....what used to be a house of cards has turned into a reserviour.... 
    Have touched me deeply about overcoming dark days and being fragile, and getting stronger and overcoming.
    Ed's most touching lyrics in my humble opinion....
  • AG272077AG272077 Posts: 1
    Come Back.
    Lost my wife of 30 years. .This song says everything that I feel.
  • ShynerShyner Posts: 1,226
    Future days. A-side
    B side. Black
  • PapPap Serres, GreecePosts: 18,797
    Feel like a question's forming...
    And the answer's far
    ...
    I will be what I could be...
    Once I get out of this town...

    For the lights of this city...
    They have lost all feeling...
    Gonna leave 'em all behind me...
    Cause this time...

    I'm gone...
    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.


    Sep 30, 2006 - OAKA Sports Hall - Athens, Greece
    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
  • PB11041PB11041 EarthPosts: 470
    At this point it is four - Daughter, Light Years, Smile and Future Days

    My son passed away last year at age 13 after a life battling through a fairly rare form of epilepsy, it's assorted complications and a more recent development and diagnosis of Tachycardia (all three variations)

    I never have been the parent that foisted the music on my kids, I have always let them both be about their own things. But occasionally when I'd play pearl jam, the one song he would routinely say liked was Daughter.   Which brings some pangs of irony, given his illness, which led to intellectual disabilities, which led to frustration and challenges as parents.  But ultimately, a lot of learning, perspective and becoming a better person.  So I very much listen to Daughter with a much different perspective and reverence the last year.

    Light Years, speaks for itself, myself, my wife and our daughter have been given a lot of opportunity to see what kind of tremendous impact he had for such a young kid with so many obstacles.  A lot of people tell us all that we are really amazing, and that really only was because of his Light.

    all the crooked hearts, they may die but in us they still live on...



    His eminence has yet to show. 
    http://www.hi5sports.org/ (Sports Program for Kids with Disabilities)
    http://www.livefootsteps.org/user/?usr=3652
    1996 - 9/21, 9/28, 9/29
    1998 - 5/1, 8/22, 8/25, 8/26, 8/28, 9/8, 9/10, 9/11
    1999 - 10/30, 10/31 (left early due to flight grrr)
    2000 - 4/12, 8/4, 8/6, 8/23, 8/24, 8/25, 8/27
    2003 - 4/28, 4/29, 5/3, 6/29, 7/5, 7/6, 7/8, 7/9, 7/14
    2005 - 9/15, 9/16
    2006 - 5/12
    2008 - 6/25
    2013 - 7/16
    2016 - 4/29, 8/7

  • PapPap Serres, GreecePosts: 18,797
    ^ So sorry for your loss my friend... I love the fact that you found a way to always remember him as a source of optimism and new hope through the music of your (our) favourite band...
    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.


    Sep 30, 2006 - OAKA Sports Hall - Athens, Greece
    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
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