I’m a grunge lady, a 90’s baby.
I love anything with rock even though in the hood of where I grew up I wasn’t supposed to. I wasn’t cool if hip-hop wasn’t the focus. Of course, 90’s hip-hop was the best for me, too. But, when I left my friends and their prejudices, I’d go home, crash in my room, yell-sing at the top of my lungs with all my heart and delve into the pits of my anger and depression along with Nirvana, Guns n’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam.
During this time, I remember enjoying Nirvana more than Pearl Jam. I think it was partly what the media spun though: Were you more of a Pearl Jam or Nirvana fan? I think since I was twelve or so, Nirvana took the cake for me, especially after his death. It rocked me to the core. I believed I wanted to commit suicide too, just like Kurt, and I tried.
Well, fast-forward to 2001, I was living with a boyfriend at the time and he was a heavy Pearl Jam fan. He bought their new album that came out and told me to give it a listen or three. And it brought back memories of how I’d listen to rock music during my deepest darkest depression and write my heart out. Once again, I was at my most miserable.
And Pearl Jam’s album entitled Riot Act became one of my many blessings in life. Instantly, I became a Pearl Jam fan again, but this time I knew I was a fan for life because their lyrics, jam and flavor hit me in my core unlike any other band. This album got me out of a miserable time, and it also made me go back six albums to relearn who Pearl Jam was/is, then/now.
What I love about them is they don’t change their style to fit mainstream. They’re a 90’s band and they have done a hell of a job keeping up with sounding like a 90’s band. There’s a lot that goes into Pearl Jam I won’t even bother to get into, but I will a little like when they went up against Ticketmaster or how they sang songs about how fucked up the Bush Administration was even though they got booed and shit thrown at them as they performed in their own concerts.
But, more than anything it’s the evolvement of the band, their songs, lyrics, personal essence, how they individually matured and yet remain collective on every album. And, so, in turn I have grown with them and I revisit their lyrics because as I age, my perspective grows differently with each passing year. I go back to what they’ve written, and I get it now or I get it better. Here’s some I want to share by Pearl Jam. I wish I can share them all, but that would be endless.
I picked out some lyrics that are dear to me because I either went through it or it resonated with me. If you have some of your own Pearl Jam lyrics you love or song, please share them with me. I would love to know! Of course, I have their concert playing as I type this and sing now: Pearl Jam Live at the Garden. Cheers.
Song Title – In My Tree: I remember when, yeah, I was young, I swore I knew everything, let’s say knowledge is a tree, yeah, it’s growing up just like me, yeah.
Song Title – Why Go: She scratches a letter into a wall made of stone. Maybe someday another child won’t feel as alone as she does. It’s been two years and counting since they put her in this place. She’s been diagnosed by some stupid fuck and mommy agrees.
Song Title – Wishlist: I wish I was a sacrifice but somehow still lived on.
Song Title – Better Man: She lies and says she’s in love with him. Can’t find a better man. She dreams in color. She dreams in red. Can’t find a better man.
Song Title – I Got Id: My lips are shaking; my nails are bit off. Been a month since I’ve heard myself talk. All the advantage this life’s got on me. Picture a cup in the middle of sea.
Song Title – Love Boat Captain: And if our lives became too long, will it add to our regret?
Song Title – Life Wasted: Darkness comes in waves. Tell me, why invite it to stay?
Song Title – Unthought Known: Dream the dreams of other men, you’ll be no one’s rival. Dream the dreams of others then, you will be no one’s rival.
Song Title – I Am Mine: The sorrow grows bigger when the sorrows denied.
Song Title – Light Years: I’ve used hammers made out of wood. I have played games with pieces and rules. I undeciphered tricks at the bar. But now you’re gone, and I haven’t figured out why.
Song Title – All or None: Can we help that our destinations are the ones we’ve been before?
Song Title – Faithful: We’re faithful, we all believe, we all believe it. So faithful, we all believe, we all believe it.
Thanks for reading. 🙂