Winded is the sailor...drifting by the storm...
Wounded is the old man he left all...bloodied on the shore...
Gorgeous was his savior, sees her...drowning in his wake...
Daily taste the salt of her tears, but...a chance blamed fate...

Little secrets, tremors...turned to quake...
The smallest oceans still get...big, big waves...

Ransom paid the Devil...He whispers pleasing words...
Triumphant are the angels if they can...a get there first...

Little secrets tremors...turned to quake...
The smallest oceans still get...big, big waves...

I'll decide...take the dive...
Take my time...not my life...
Wait for signs...believe in lies...
To get by...it's divine...whoa...
Oh, you know what it's like...

Turns the bow back tows and...drops the line...
Puts his faith in love and Tremor Christ...


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    General Commentthis is a song about deciding between right and wrong
    seba88argon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWinded is the sailor...drifting by the storm...
    Wounded is the organ he left all...bloodied on the shore...
    (The guy is tired of not having control of his life, his heart he left behind on the shore.)
    Gorgeous was his savior, sees her...drowning in his wake...
    Daily taste the salt of her tears, but...a chance blamed fate...
    (His girl was gorgeous, but he is leaving her behind in his wake. He is blaming his problems on Fate)
    Little secrets, tremors...turned to quake...
    The smallest oceans still get...big, big waves...
    (He kept his addiction secret, just had tremors to deal with, but now the tremors have become HUGE Quakes he cannot hide. The smallest amount of the addiction can turn Big, Big.)
    Ransom paid the Devil...He whispers pleasing words...
    Triumphant are the angels if they can...a get there first...
    (He paid money to the dealer which is refered to as the Devil. The dealer told him pleasing words.
    The angels can save him if they can get there first, meaning if he can get ahold of himself and think sanely before he needs another fix.)
    The next few lines are him changing his mind, wanting to get his life back.
    Then he turns the bow back and decides to go back to his girl, and put his faith and love in the tremor christ, which basically means he is going to try to deal with the tremors, and get help.
    Difficult song to understand.
    Benplaceon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm not sure what this is about....losing faith in something, i think...but it is the GROOVIEST song ever: just listen to it and groove, especially in the beginning when the ament kicks in...good shiite
    Nasuson July 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song I think is about a guy who depends on a girl so much it's like she is his savior and when she leaves he just can't take it. Gorgeous was his saviour, sees her, drowning in the lake Daily taste the salt of her tears but a chance blamed fate. I think these lines back up my meaning. Just a thought
    evertoolstaind1on August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds to me like it might be about drug addiction or something that he chooses over a woman...he wants her but he's got a problem thats out of control
    markoon September 17, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"i'm not sure what this is about....losing faith in something, i think...but it is the GROOVIEST song ever: just listen to it and groove, especially in the beginning when the ament kicks in...good shiite"
    - He IS a brilliant bassist and I've always said this, even with his simple shit like in alive it just seems to fit so perfectly. I think all the members all very much click with each other.
    fleaaaaaaon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentP.s, one reviewer once said that the "g" in pearl jam is not "grunge", it's "groove". I have to agree, I never really viewed them as "grunge" anyway (if their is such a thing).
    fleaaaaaaon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the song was specifically an attack on Christianity, thought I'm not sure how all the lines fit with that interpretation. The first half is about something else, maybe. Still some of it sounds like that:

    "Little secrets tremors...turned to quake...
    The smallest oceans still get...big, big waves..."

    Christ's life was a small thing blown way out of proportion

    "I'll decide...take the dive...
    Take my time...not my life..."

    A person chooses to believe, says they're giving over their life but in reality are just giving over their time

    "Wait for signs...believe in lies...
    To get by...it's divine...whoa...
    Oh, you know what it's like..."

    Sarcastic ("it's divine")...fairly straightforward if this interpretation is correct

    "Turns the bow back towards him...drops the line...
    Puts his faith and love in Tremor Christ..."

    The person keeps going with his faith despite disappointment

    Any thoughts? Anyone else see that in this song?

    If that's wrong though, what's the significance of the Christ imagery and title of the song??
    Cherub Rockon May 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCherub Rock, I'm with you on this one. In the bridge it's like he's screaming at people trapped in a religious stupor to wake the f*ck up and stop 'believing in lies to get by.'
    Nasuson June 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is the church's loopholes. Externalism, rituals sometimes obstruct the real religion which begins in our hearts. And, waste of time who needs the real meaning of Christianity. Am I right sir Eddie Vedder???????????????????????????
    wexzeeon June 21, 2004   Link

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