The song is about a kid in class getting bullied and his hole life no one loved him so he goes to school the next day and told them his life sucks and then he...

At home
Drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V

Dead lay in pools of maroon below
Daddy didn't give attention
Oh, to the fact that mommy didn't care
King Jeremy the wicked
Oh, ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Clearly I remember
Pickin' on the boy

Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed a lion
Gnashed his teeth

And bit the recessed lady's breast
How could I forget
He hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting

Dropped wide open
Just like the day
Like the day I heard
Daddy didn't give affection

And the boy was something mommy wouldn't wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Try to forget this,
Try to erase this,
From the blackboard

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in
spoke in
Jeremy spoke in
spoke in
Jeremy spoke in class today



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"Jeremy" as written by Jeffrey Allen Ament, Eddie Jerome Vedder

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  • +12
    General Comment:Pearl Jam is the best band on earth. This song unfortunatly, illustrates life for thousands of teenagers. Not all of them, thank goodness, act on their rage like Jeremy, but as a 20 something, I hope that when our generation becomes parents they realize the irrelevance of being nothing but money makers. Love your children, pay attention. Know them better than anyone.
    ELS24on January 27, 2002   Link
  • +12
    General Comment:This song is about a boy named Jeremy Wade Delle, 16, who shot himself in front of his 30 classmates in his 2nd period English class. To know a bit about the background and history of Jeremy. He attended Richardson Highschool in Texas and his English teacher was Faye Barnett. Jeremy had only been at Richardson for a little more than 3 months before his death, he had some problems at his previous school and was sent to a psychiatric hospital. Apparently the insurance money ran out at the hospital and he was deemed as "cured" and released. Subsequently he went to live with his dad and was trasferred to Richardson HS. Shortly after arriving at Richardson Jeremy's locker was searched and some controversial but not illegal religeous items were found. Also, Jeremy had made some statements regarding two Richardson faculty members that may have gone over the line. As a result, they placed him in ISS (In School Suspension. You have to believe that being moved around like this and immediately being labeled a trouble maker would have a profound effect on a 16 year old. They pretty much put him in ISS because of the locker search and because of his stay at the psychiatric hospital, were I understand he was happier and got along with the other patients. In the ISS program he had been in contact with a girl, Lisa Moore, and they had become friends. Lisa stated that Jeremy wanted to discuss the boy she was dating and also mentioned he was having trouble with one of his techers. She was probably the closest person to Jeremy at the time. Anyway, he was assigned to the ISS program and from what I've read the ISS was pretty bad. It was pretty much solitary confinement, they didn't talk to you and you couldn't talk. Considering Jeremy was described as a quiet, lonely and distant boy, isolation was the last thing he should've been given. Lisa and Jeremy would secretly write notes back and forth at ISS and he would alway write "Write Back" on the bottom of each note. On Monday January 7th, he wrote "Later Days".

    On the Tuesday morning of January 8th, 1991 Jeremy was supposed to be in ISS the day he attended Faye Barnett's class and Faye knew he was supposed to be there. She told Jeremy that he needed a pricipal's pass to even be in her room. By this time Jeremy's life was in turmoil and he was unhappy, his parents divorced at an early age and his Dad barely knew he was even there. His school life was no better. Plus I believe there may have been underlying psychiatric problems.

    Jeremy got out of his seat and was gone for less than 10 minutes, Instead of going to the pricipals' office he went to his locker and retrieved a .357 magnum and hid it under his shirt. When he returned to Barnett's class he quietly entered the classromm and walked to the front. With no emotion he said, "Miss, I got what I really went for". He placed the barrel in his mouth and pulled the trigger before anyone could react.

    It's a really sad and tragic story, and I think it just really hit Eddie Vedder prompting him to write the song.



    AbbeyRoad52on February 26, 2009   Link
  • +9
    General Comment:Written about Jeremy Wade Delle, a 16-year-old loner from Richardson, Texas, who'd taken a gun to school and shot himself dead in English class.
    Lucky1869_420on December 07, 2001   Link
  • +5
    General Comment:This song is really meaningful, and you can really fell for the kids pain through the lyrics. In the first verse "At home, drawing pictures of mountain tops with him on top. Lemon yellow sun, arms raised in a V, dead lay in pools of maroon below" it shows that the kid, Jeremy, draws what he would like to feel in the drawing, like he conquered something in life and that people would actually respect him. In the next couple lines "Daddy didn't give him attention, Oh, to the fact that mommy didn't care" you can really see that he was neglected all throughout his childhood, and that he didn't feel loved by anyone, or that he was even significant. The next two lines "King Jeremy the wicked, Oh, ruled his world" shows that he felt control for the first when shooting himself at the school, and that was the only way he could of ever felt any control. The chorus of the song "Jeremy spoke in class today", means that he finally spoke out for himself and showed everyone how he felt, but that was by committing suicide in front of the class. The next verse describes what Jeremy Wade Delle actually did and what lead him to commit suicide. The following verse, " He hit me with a surprise left, my jaw left hurting. Dropped wide open, Just like the I heard" basically says how his mouth dropped wide open when being hit, just as wide when he heard about the shooting. The one line in the verse before the chorus, "And the boy was something mommy wouldn't wear" just shows again how his mother would not love care for him or show him any attention. This song just show me how fortunate I am to have a family that cares for me and loves me. This song was written in 1991, and since then dozens of school shootings have cluttered the news. It is so tragic and its something that needs to be stopped.
    cuinnq345on August 14, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:When I was in Tallahassee,the album "10" came out. "Jeremy" was my brother seeking attention from both of my parents, especially my father. I was "Daughter"....even though it contributed to me having a nervous breakdown...It will ALWAYS be one of my favorite ALBUMS EVER!! Thank you PEARL JAM!! <3 (no wonder I majored in Psychology). Wanted to fix the dysfunction in my family. I am a HUGE ADVOCATE for children!
    Karri1515on December 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:''Ten'' hands down the best fucking album i ever bought!!!! fucking song after song to just rock out to
    LOGODGABFEon December 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I don't think this song is referring to Jeremy as a nice example of one who had his revenge on everyone who made fun of him or whatever. I think that when the song says "King Jeremy the Wicked" it's talking about how Jeremy wished he could be, or thought he was, in his own world (his classmates' description of him pretty much meant that he was always "away" in his own thoughts), a world he created to escape the life he disliked so much.

    Since he was also a quiet guy, the song causes impact when Eddie sings "Jeremy spoke in class today", which means he finally said (in his own way - suicide) to everyone, including the English teacher with whom he aparently had some issues, what he always wanted to say.

    To be honest, I had no clue of what the song was about until today, when I decided to find out what it meant. When you learn that Jeremy and the whole story were real, you start to find the song and the video quite disturbing because you see the suicide from the vision of Jeremy (the problems with his parents and school), of his classmates ("Try to forget this, Try to erase this from the blackboard", the problems they probably had later from seeing the shocking scene of a suicide right in front of them) and of the other people, who saw a young life ending in a newspaper and who knew that the suicide didn't change anything on the rest of the world (in the video it shows how the weather was before and after Jeremy killed himself - nothing changed, other people are still living their lives and some don't even know who the boy was).

    So, besides all of that, what I absorved from this whole story was that suicide only reduces to 0 any chances of passing though harsh times and proving to yourself that you're strong enough to find other ways of solving your problems. Everyone has problems, what matters is how you face them
    tamyres1991on April 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:The song is amazing. And yeah as some people already mentioned. The song was based on a 16yr old kid who had enough. So sadly he ended up killing himself right infront of his class. It's a sad story but a great song. The whole "suicide is the only way" is kinda sad. And it's still going on. All of you guys probably hear about 12 gay teens killing themselves on the first week of school. It's horrible people do that i and i blame the society for that. GOSH i'm only fourteen and i witness this like everyday!
    AutumnXDon December 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song tells us so much about society. Read up on Jeremy Dalle, you will learn alot about the cruelty of kids
    punkrockntunaon January 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I like this song a lot too.. Well put ELS24.
    anna118kon February 09, 2002   Link

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