tell me what i want to hear
this shit's too good to be true, my dear
tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me
tell me lies, tell me
help me, help me, help me
help me, help me, help me
a storybook keeps from hurting me, you see
shell of the man from the sea
tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me
tell me lies, tell me
tell me why, tell me why, tell me
tell me why, tell me
tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me
tell me lies, tell me
help me, help me, help me
help me, help me, help me
reservoir of hate and fear
invisible, in repair
a hundred thieves cast a spell
this is hell
help me, help me, help me
help me, help me, help me
the man they call my enemy, i've seen his eyes
he looks just like me, a mirror
the more you read, we've been deceived
everyday it becomes clearer
clearer, clearer, clearer, clearer...
not my enemy
no, not my enemy
don't speak for me
no, not my enemy


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    General Commenti heard a live version of this song and its far better than the album one, really moody. same goes for lots of songs on riot act-they need to be heard live (eg You Are, Can't Keep). maybe i just dont like how the album was recorded.
    JordyWordyon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think you dont like the album because it was really insired by neil young (well thats what it sounds like) and pearl jam have maybe moved on a little bit more from when they bagan
    i love JFon November 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti worded that wrong, i just prefer the live performances of these songs thats all, when eddie sings much clearer & higher, some of the songs on the album sound amazing (with the whole neil young sound as u said) like You Are & Save You & All Or None.
    JordyWordyon February 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe was talking about being political for the sake of being political, cos if u do that then u start to say things u cant back up, and while vedder writes songs that criticise bush he has done them regarding things that bush cannot account for: the fact that once he took over the US became the most hated country in the world, his stance on foreign policies (how they deal with wars) etc. you do have a point but the reality is not as severe as you said
    JordyWordyon August 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe man they call my enemy, i've seen his eyes
    he looks just like me, a mirror
    the more you read, we've been deceived
    everyday it becomes clearer
    clearer, clearer, clearer, clearer...

    Sounds like Scott Stapp and his downward spiral!
    Ex Abruptoon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGlorifiedG79: Perhaps in retrospect you can understand how Ed was so right on when it came to the Bush Administration. This was a group of people that took hold of our country and ran away with it. They led us into an unjustified war from which we still cannot extricate ourselves. The billions of dollars (not to mention lives) that were lost have led to the horrible economic situation we now find ourselves. I find it sad that you think rock music should not be political. Rock music can be an expression of whatever is on one's mind. I suppose there are some people who would prefer that Ed just write bland lyrics, but this is a big part of whom Eddie Vedder seems to be: a responsible, caring citizen of the world. He's just expressing his opinion. I, for one, happen to agree with him, especially in this song. Bush decided "they" are the enemy; in fact "they" needn't have been.
    abnormaon September 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the absurdity of the use of religion to hurt people. Hence the book reference. Very creepy song.
    Tig45on March 24, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAs with a lot of the songs on Riot Act helphelp is about the struggle of the american people against their crazy president.
    "A hundred thieves cast a spell, this is hell"
    Crap album, bad song
    Can I get a woop, woop!!!!
    Cleveland_Steameron January 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI get turned off from pearl jam when they have too many political songs in a row on an album. I still repect their opinions but I think they are a little radical in their beliefs for the sake of their music. Bush, sadly for them, never lied about a thing. I love Pearl Jam, but from Help Help to Bushleaguer it is clear they hate bush for no reason. They are still my favorite band but once in awhile turn me off. Mike M himself said he doesnt like the idae of being a political band. Notice the only song he wrote wasn't political. And on the new album the last song is written by him and its personal not political. He said he just doesnt like the idea of pol.itical bands. He knows some have pulled it off (Clash) but doesnt really like it.
    glorifiedg79on July 19, 2006   Link

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