I have not been home since you left long ago
I'm thumbing my way back to heaven
Counting steps walking backwards on the road
I'm counting my way back to heaven

I can't be free with what's locked inside of me
If there was a key you took it in your hand
There's no wrong or right, but I'm sure there's good and bad
The questions linger overhead

No matter how cold the winter there's a springtime ahead
I'm thumbing my way back to heaven
I wish that i could hold you, I wish that I had
thinking 'bout heaven

I let go of the rope thinking that's what held me back
And in time i've realized, it's now wrapped around my neck

I can't see what's next from this lonely overpass
Hang my head and count my steps, as another car goes past

All the rusted signs we ignore throughout our lives
Choosing the shiny ones instead
I turned my back, now there's no turning back

No matter how cold the winter there's a springtime ahead
I smile but who am I kidding?
I'm just walking the miles, every once in a while get a ride
Thumbing my way back to heaven



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    General Comment:this song is so easy to play on guitar, it was the first song I ever learned how to play.... and it is so perfect.... it's about him trying to find happiness after beth left him.....I love this song.... anyone who says pearl jam can not write good music any more is off their gourd because they ahven't heard this song..
    N0 C0DE 79on December 15, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:why has no one commented on this?! i think if this song had been written by john lennon it would be considered one of the greatest ever.
    Little_Baby_Nothingon June 08, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:This song was written for Troy Bethel. Eddie Vedder sung it live at his funeral service in February of 2002.
    tenserockon June 08, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:I'm in love with this song. I play it once and I end up playing it 5 times after. To me I think the song is about him trying to move on from his old lover that deep down inside he wishes he could be together with. Of course there is obvious signs that would say this song is about a death of a loved one. I do not disagree with that interpretation but I like mine better, hahaha....Can't wait to see this song live in concert June 26th!
    Tbone732on June 13, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:What a beautiful song, how can one man posses so much talent! Eddie surely is a god! Its always hard to understands what songs are about, mainly because they mean so many different things to different people. To me this song is about trying to move on when other people are holding you back and you are holding yourself back, even though u know no matter how bad things are, they can always get better. And maybe we should pay more attention to the little, unimportant things in life, the "rusty signs" and not turn our backs on them. thank you eddie.
    whityon June 29, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:I think it's a bit of philosophy on life. Like we're just on our way back to heaven, just passing through life 'just walking the miles', not really enjoying it, just waiting for our death. That's not my philosophy but it sounds like that's what he's singing about
    Heineken Helenon December 15, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:awesome song...just a little boring if you ask me though..but it is beautiful!
    Jammer Of Pearlon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:it's a nice, beautiful song that grows on you after repeated listening.
    i think ed is singing about his return home after some kind of event happened.
    it's a pretty good song
    metalhead18on May 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i think when he says hes thumbung huis way back to heaven, hes saying hes trying to speed up his death.... like because thumbing my way means hitchiking and of course hes trying to make it to heaven....just a thought
    "no matter how cold the winter, there's a springtime ahead "---i love that, its so awesoem
    mikejohnston1989on May 31, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:if you think about it its about hitch hiking..."thumbing my way"
    "counting steps walking backwords on the road..." "i keep "walking the miles every one in a while ill get a ride..." although it could be a metaphore for living you life and thinking about death
    PJamfan90on December 29, 2005   Link

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