is this just another day, this god forgotten place
first comes love and then comes pain, let the games begin
questions rise and answers fall, insurmountable
love boat captain, take the reigns and steer us towards the clear, here
it's already been sung, but it can't be said enough
all you need is love
is this just another phase? of earthquakes making waves
trying to shake the cancer off? oh, stupid human beings
once you hold the hand of love, it's all surmountable
hold me and make it the truth
that when all is lost there'll be you
cuz to the universe, i don't mean a thing
and there is just one word i still believe
and it's love...
it's an art to live with pain, mix the light into grey
lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today
and if our lives became too long, would it add to our regret?
and the young they can lose hope
cuz they can't see beyond today...
the wisdom that the old can't give away, hey
constant recoil
sometimes life don't leave you alone
hold me and make it the truth
that when all is lost there will be you
cuz to the universe, i don't mean a thing
and there is just one word and i still believe
and it's love... love, love, love, love
love boat captain, take the reigns, steer us towards the clear
i know it's already been sung, it can't be said enough
love is all you need... all you need is love
love, love...


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  • +3
    General Comment"lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today
    and if our lives became too long, would it add to our regret?"

    Those lines probably refer to the Roskilde incident, in which 9 people were crushed when the crowd rushed towards the stage while Pearl Jam was performing. Eddie actually fell to his knees and cried when he saw what had happened...
    Periodixon October 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song, I think, was most likely written as a tribute to the 9 people trampled to death in a stage rush at the Roskilde music festival in Denmark on the last day of the European leg of the 2000 Binaural Tour. "Lost 9 friends we'll never know two years ago today." It is also about receiving guidance or direction towards a positive lifestyle from a higher power, I think. Very powerful song, probably the best on "Riot Act."
    PJ_DMBon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe song has definite intense meaning, but people, without the underlying thoughts, the song is still unbelievable. Riot Act is the most under rated album ever and so is this song under rated. People, will you please listen!
    teibeston March 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy favourite song off Riot Act, LBC refers to the nine PJ fans killed in the Roskilde incident.
    Obviously an emotional moment for eddie and the band if they choose to write a song about it and include it in the album. the song also touches on the ignorance of the young people of today, when compared to the older generation who have life experience under their belt. (and tyhe young they can lose hope cos they cant see beyond today/ the wisdom that the old cant give away)

    all in all LBC tells that, no matter what happens in the world or what state the world is in, love will inevitably conquer all.

    (NB: Pearl Jam Australian Tour was absolutely insane)
    eddie_von April 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt First, i thought it was just another song about love...but this kinda threw me off

    "lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today
    and if our lives became too long, would it add to our regret?"

    hmm?
    cato11087on October 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTeibest, I have to disagree with you. I love Pearl Jam, but there are some very dodgy songs on Riot Act. The beginning and the end are pretty good, but the songs in the middle are...not up to scratch for a band we know can do such great stuff.
    malachiteon April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on riot act. "First comes love and then comes pain, let the games begin." great line, Eddie's a genious
    PJ319on April 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRiot act seems like an album that very gradually becomes awesome the more you listen to it, i have not got to this stage yet, however, this song is instantly wonderful in every way.
    Fred39on April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know what you mean fred, you are not immediately dazzled by the album but it does begin to grow on you.
    tmyhon May 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbasically we are insignificant and all we have in this place is each other, so lets make the best of it by loving each other rather than fighting with each other
    ed_satxon May 26, 2004   Link

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