"Corduroy" as written by and Eddie Vedder David Abbruzzese....
The waiting drove me mad
You're finally here and I'm a mess
I take your entrance back
Can't let you roam inside my head
I don't want to take what you can give
I would rather starve than eat your bread
I would rather run but I can't walk
Guess I'll lay alone just like before

I take the poor man's path I must refuse your test
Push me and I will resist
This behaviours not unique
I don't want to hear from those who know
They can buy but can't put on my clothes
I don't want to limp for them to walk
Never would have known of me before
I don't want to be held in your debt
I'll pay it of in blood let, I be wed

I'm already cut up an half dead
I'll end up alone like I began

Everything has chains absolutely nothings changed
Take my hand not my picture spill my tincture

I don't want to take what you can give
I would rather starve than eat your breast
All the things that others want for me
Can't buy what I want because its free
Can't buy what I want because its free
Can't be what you want because I'm

I ain't supposed to be just fun
Oh to live and die let it be done
I figure I'll be dammed
All alone like I began


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"Corduroy" as written by Eddie Vedder David Abbruzzese

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's about the media. Yes, it's called Corduroy b/c he bought a cheap corduroy jacket and later it was advertised for a lot of money. It's about his feelings towards the media. "take my hand, not my picture" means to take HIM not "Pearl Jam's lead singer and rock star: EDDIE VEDDER!!" "spilled my tincture" a tincture is a color or shade used to distinguish metals from each other..he's saying he's not being seen as himself anymore..he's being seen in the mass of "rock stars". "I thought you were a friend, but I guess, I guess I hate you" when PJ first started out Eddie was known for being very friendly and respectful to reporters but once he realized that they were just in it to exploit him and make money..he ran away
    All5Horizons10on December 30, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commenteddie vedder had a corduroy jacket he used to wear -- like in the jeremy video. The song title comes from one day when he saw a rip off of his jacket on sale in a store for a few hundred bucks. Hence "they can buy but can't put on my clothes"
    qubeon January 17, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNot to nit-pick, but its, "everything has CHAINS...absolutely nothing's changed."
    jdevils3on February 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this a love song. About an older lover whom he is trying to get rid of from his head

    The waiting drove me mad...you're finally here and I'm a mess
    I take your entrance back...can't let you roam inside my head
    wrathzombieon June 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentArtsy-
    I think in the context of the song he means that the things that he wants: common courtesy, privacy, love, respect...are all things that cannot be bought with money...but the more money you have the less of those things you tend to get.

    Cant be what you want because Im free....

    that means that Eddie doesnt want to be your answer man or your dancing monkey because he is trying to live his own life.

    Your Parents might have wanted you to become a doctor, but you wanted to be a ballet dancer-- you cant be what they want because youre free!

    2 of the 3 times I saw them in concert they opened with this song!
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read in an interview in a mag a few years ago where Ed hinted this song was about fairweather fans. Basically those people who just follow a group's music when it's "in"...like those who listen to whatever is playing on MTV or the radio at the moment. But once the mainstream moves on, they drop the band for the next best thing.

    These types of fans want PJ to play the corporate game, follow the trend, make the videos, be popular. But PJ was never about that and refuses to sell out. PJ can't be tempted by the money because they aren't about that. You can't buy them because what they want, to reach their fans through their art about real issues affecting our society today, that kind of fulfillment can't be bought. It's free.

    The song expresses disappointment in those fans who don't see what PJ is about and were never true fans in the first place.
    SomeoneNewon January 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was not only an FU to fair weather fans but it was also an FU to the media because everytime they'd play this hit they'd have either cut the song short or include the

    It's your move now...
    I thought you were a friend, but I guess I, I guess I hate you........ :::::part

    It was basically like a poison PJ was giving to the media...."play this song and keep people listening but know that the message of this song is Fuck You and millions of people are hearing it every time you play it"

    Such kick ass
    N0 C0DE 79on May 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentObviously this is an anti-fame song. The 'you' Vedder constantly refers to is fame, not a person, not the media, etc. Look over the lyrics again and insert 'fame' whenever he says 'you'. He thought fame was his friend before he had it. And it is "Everything has changed, absolutley nothing's changed" I saw this quoted in a SPIN when Vitalogy came out and Vedder talked about that line. Obviously everything is different for him now that he is famous but he still feels like the pre-famous Eddie.
    jdmacpheon March 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok, my hearing is kinda shot from listening to loud music all the time, but to me it kinda sounds like he says "i take your interest back..." does anyone else hear him say that? and before you completely shoot down my idea, just hear me out ... it makes sense if you think about the meaning of the song. it's kind of about "fairweather fans", we'll say... does that make sense to anyone?
    does it matter?on April 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey, antwan ... guess what? i got a corduroy jacket for $6!!!!
    loveable loseron April 21, 2007   Link

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