MATT LUKIN TELLS THE STORY BEHIND THE PEARL JAM SONG “LUKIN”

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edited August 2011 in The Porch
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“Vedder had a stalker chick that would come by his house that was freaking him out. He would start to avoid his house after a while, so he would just come by my place. Vedder’d come over and we’d sit ‘round the kitchen and drink and stuff. He would talk about his stalker problem a little bit, but I would just blow it off. It was just drunken talk, throwing darts, having fun. There’d be other people there, sometimes four or five of us. Just me and Eddie and our wives and mutual friends like [then Mudhoney manager] Bob Whittaker. The Pearl Jam song ‘Lukin’ is about how my kitchen’s a sanctuary for him. Also, I was giving him shit about all their songs being too long. That inspired him to make ‘Lukin’ a one-minute song. I’ve always flipped him shit. Never let him be the rock star that he is.”

—former Mudhoney/Melvins bassist Matt Lukin (outtake from the forthcoming book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge)

http://grungereport.net/?p=6249
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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  • DeLukinDeLukin Posts: 2,684
    But what the HELL is in his FRIDGE!?!?!?
    I smile, but who am I kidding...
  • dimitrispearljamdimitrispearljam NINUNINOPROPosts: 137,154
    He married a Dutch Girl 8-)
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  • "I'm goin' to Luuukin's..."
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  • SuziemaySuziemay Posts: 11,153
    DeLukin wrote:
    But what the HELL is in his FRIDGE!?!?!?

    I want to know this too!

    "Open the fridge. Now I know life is worth" :mrgreen:
  • CJMST3KCJMST3K Posts: 9,721
    Open the fridge.
    Now I know life his way.
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  • hrd2imgnhrd2imgn Southwest Burbs of ChicagoPosts: 4,305
    thanks!
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    DeLukin wrote:
    But what the HELL is in his FRIDGE!?!?!?


    beer and moldy bread
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  • Grandmas JamGrandmas Jam Posts: 1,860
    read this article yesterday, its great. love the last line where he says he was trying to make ed less of a rockstar hahaa
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  • CJMST3KCJMST3K Posts: 9,721
    When my GF was hearing me play acoustic Lukin, she said "does he say "Ive got a spider monkey"?".

    at the 1:00 minute mark.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rku-pXi ... re=related
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  • cincybearcatcincybearcat Posts: 14,349
    CJMST3K wrote:
    Open the fridge.
    Now I know life his way.


    From PJ own site...not that it is right...

    Drive down the street, can't find the keys to my own fucking home
    I take a walk, so I can curse my ass for being dumb
    I make a right after the arches, stinking grease and bone
    Stop at the supermarket, people stare like I'm a dog

    I'm goin' to Lukin's...
    I got a spot at Lukin's...
    I knock the door at Lukin's...
    Open the fridge, now I know life is worth

    I find the key, but I return to find an open door
    Some fucking freak who claims I fathered, by rape, her own son
    I find my wife, I call the cops, this day's work's never done
    The last I heard the freak was purchasing a fucking gun
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  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 22,577
    He married a Dutch Girl 8-)

    ;)

    hrd2imgn wrote:
    thanks!

    You're welcome! :)
    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.

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  • dannydanny Posts: 2,123
    cracking song!
    danny d
  • CJMST3KCJMST3K Posts: 9,721
    CJMST3K wrote:
    Open the fridge.
    Now I know life his way.


    From PJ own site...not that it is right...

    Yeah, I think there are errors on the PJ site... or the lyrics don't make sense.

    "Knock the door at Lukin's, open the fridge, now I know life his way" makes sense, and that seems to be what he's singing when you hear the lyrics in a quieter setting too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eryrCUaNQRk
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  • cincybearcatcincybearcat Posts: 14,349
    CJMST3K wrote:
    CJMST3K wrote:
    Open the fridge.
    Now I know life his way.


    From PJ own site...not that it is right...

    Yeah, I think there are errors on the PJ site... or the lyrics don't make sense.

    "Knock the door at Lukin's, open the fridge, now I know life his way" makes sense, and that seems to be what he's singing when you hear the lyrics in a quieter setting too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eryrCUaNQRk

    I always thought it was worth...and meaning now that he is relaxed at Lukin house he sees that life is worth living. Not sure when dealing with psycho chick.
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  • SuziemaySuziemay Posts: 11,153
    Half the time I feel like Ed is just screaming gibberish into the microphone when he sings Lukin. I love hearing it live, gives me the giggles :mrgreen:

    This is my favourite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDQ4hQ5S ... ure=fvwrel

    Love the look on Mike's face the whole time, then the burst of laughter at the end.
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  • He married a Dutch Girl 8-)

    ARNHEM 2006
    good memory you got my greek friend!
    I got memories i got shit
  • dimitrispearljamdimitrispearljam NINUNINOPROPosts: 137,154
    He married a Dutch Girl 8-)

    ARNHEM 2006
    good memory you got my greek friend!
    and Rotterdam 09 ;)
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  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 22,577
    He married a Dutch Girl 8-)

    ARNHEM 2006
    good memory you got my greek friend!
    and Rotterdam 09 ;)
    I ;) ed for two reasons before: 1) Those Ed's mentions and 2) The beautiful Dutch girls. ;) :P
    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.

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    Jul 11, 2014 - Milton Keynes Bowl - Milton Keynes, UK
  • fortyshadesfortyshades Posts: 1,834
    Suziemay wrote:
    Half the time I feel like Ed is just screaming gibberish into the microphone when he sings Lukin. I love hearing it live, gives me the giggles :mrgreen:

    This is my favourite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDQ4hQ5S ... ure=fvwrel

    Love the look on Mike's face the whole time, then the burst of laughter at the end.

    For some reason this link can't be shown for European viewers. is there also another link? Or concert date? Would love to see this one...

    And for a non-native speaker, could someone explain to me how "I know life is way" (or something like that), makes more sense than the original lyrics?
  • SuziemaySuziemay Posts: 11,153
    Suziemay wrote:
    Half the time I feel like Ed is just screaming gibberish into the microphone when he sings Lukin. I love hearing it live, gives me the giggles :mrgreen:

    This is my favourite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDQ4hQ5S ... ure=fvwrel

    Love the look on Mike's face the whole time, then the burst of laughter at the end.

    For some reason this link can't be shown for European viewers. is there also another link? Or concert date? Would love to see this one...

    And for a non-native speaker, could someone explain to me how "I know life is way" (or something like that), makes more sense than the original lyrics?

    It's off the Immagine in a Cornice DVD so you may have seen it already. I want to say it's Verona, Mike and Ed were just walking around the top row of the concert venue, and old outdoor arena, and sat down to jam on their acoustic guitars.
  • fortyshadesfortyshades Posts: 1,834
    Suziemay wrote:
    Suziemay wrote:
    Half the time I feel like Ed is just screaming gibberish into the microphone when he sings Lukin. I love hearing it live, gives me the giggles :mrgreen:

    This is my favourite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDQ4hQ5S ... ure=fvwrel

    Love the look on Mike's face the whole time, then the burst of laughter at the end.

    For some reason this link can't be shown for European viewers. is there also another link? Or concert date? Would love to see this one...

    And for a non-native speaker, could someone explain to me how "I know life is way" (or something like that), makes more sense than the original lyrics?

    It's off the Immagine in a Cornice DVD so you may have seen it already. I want to say it's Verona, Mike and Ed were just walking around the top row of the concert venue, and old outdoor arena, and sat down to jam on their acoustic guitars.

    Aaahhhh, I know that one... I will put my DVD on in a second. I never listened to the lyrics to be honest in this version. I'm quite curious now.
  • SuziemaySuziemay Posts: 11,153
    Suziemay wrote:

    For some reason this link can't be shown for European viewers. is there also another link? Or concert date? Would love to see this one...

    And for a non-native speaker, could someone explain to me how "I know life is way" (or something like that), makes more sense than the original lyrics?

    It's off the Immagine in a Cornice DVD so you may have seen it already. I want to say it's Verona, Mike and Ed were just walking around the top row of the concert venue, and old outdoor arena, and sat down to jam on their acoustic guitars.

    Aaahhhh, I know that one... I will put my DVD on in a second. I never listened to the lyrics to be honest in this version. I'm quite curious now.

    I'll be curious what you "hear". All I hear is "rah rah rah rah rah rah rah rah BARGH" and reapeat. :mrgreen:
  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 22,577
    And for a non-native speaker, could someone explain to me how "I know life is way" (or something like that), makes more sense than the original lyrics?
    It's "Now I know life his way" according to some of us here. But I believe it's "Now I know life is worth".
    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
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  • Lost In OhioLost In Ohio Posts: 5,366
    Listen to the Benny Hall version from 03. That version is about 99% right, but I think it's still messed up...not entirely sure though.

    (The Benny Hall starts with "walk down", but it appears to mostly match the one found at www.lukin.com )

    Drive down the street can't find the keys to my own fucking home.
    I'll take a walk so I could curse my ass for being dumb.
    I'll make a right, after the arches, stinking grease and bone.
    Stopped at the supermarket people stare like I'm a dog.

    I'm going to Lukin's.
    I've got a spot at Lukin's.
    I knocked the door at Lukin's.
    Open the fridge. Now I know life is worth.

    I found the key but I return to find an open door.
    Some fucking freak who claims I fathered, by rape, her own son.
    I find my wife, I call the cops, this days work's never done.
    The last I heard that freak was purchasing a fucking gun.
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  • slightofjeffslightofjeff Posts: 7,701
    It's "life is worth."

    Pretty sure it says so in Ed's own handwriting in the No Code liner notes. Although I can't for the life of me locate my copy ... which has started an all-out search at my house.
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  • lukin is my favorite pj song and i am not for sure what he says. to me that is half the fun.....the not knowing!
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  • fortyshadesfortyshades Posts: 1,834
    Pap wrote:
    And for a non-native speaker, could someone explain to me how "I know life is way" (or something like that), makes more sense than the original lyrics?
    It's "Now I know life his way" according to some of us here. But I believe it's "Now I know life is worth".

    Ok, but what does "now I know life his way" mean. I am no grammer teacher, not even a native speaker, but this line still doesn't seem to make sense...
  • PapPap Aspra Spitia, GreecePosts: 22,577
    OK, but what does "now I know life his way" mean. I am no grammar teacher, not even a native speaker, but this line still doesn't seem to make sense...
    Now, I know how it feels to be a stalker or be followed by a stalker maybe? I think you have to ask CJMST3K. It was his idea.
    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.

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