I'm an accident, I was driving way too fast
Couldn't stop though, so I let the moment last
I'm for rollin', I'm for tossin' in my sleep
It's not guilt though, it's not the company I keep.

People my age, they don't do the things I do
They go somewhere, while I run away with you
I got my friends, and I got my children too
I got her love, she's got my love too.

I can't hear you, but I feel the things you say
I can't see you, but I know what's in my way
Now I'm floatin' 'cause I'm not tied to the ground
Words I've spoken seem to leave a hollow sound.

On the long plain, see the rider in the night
See the chieftain, see the braves in cool moonlight
Who will love them when they take another life
Who will hold them when they tremble from the knife.

Voicemail numbers on an old computer screen
Rows of lovers parked forever in a dream
Screaming sirens echoing across the bay
To the old boats, from the city far away.

Homeless heroes walk the streets of their own town
Rows of zeroes on a field that's turning brown
The play baseball, they play football under lights
They play card games and wew watch them every night.

Need distraction, need romance and candlelight
Need random violence, need Entertainment Tonight
Need the evidence, want the testimony of
Expert witnesses on the brutal crimes of love.

I was too tired to see the news when I got home
Puzzled the curtain, fell into bed alone
Started dreaming, saw the rider once again
In the doorway where she stood and watched for him, watched for him.

I'm not present, I'm the drug that makes you dream
I'm an Aerostar, I'm a Cutlass Supreme
In the wrong lane, trying to turn against the flow
I'm the ocean, I'm the giant undertow
I'm the ocean, I'm the ocean, I'm the giant undertow
I'm the ocean, I'm the giant undertow
I'm the ocean (6x)


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    General Commentfirst of all, this song is NOT pearl jam feat. neil young. its a neil young song from his album mirrorball. it was recorded in sessions with pearl jam and you can even hear eddie singing a little backup vox on this track, but all the songs n this album were written by neil young. its a very abstract song that thats kind of all over the place but i think its mostly about the problems in modern (1990s) society. about how everybody has their false necesseties : Need distraction, need romance and candlelight
    Need random violence, need Entertainment Tonight
    Need the evidence, want the testimony of
    Expert witnesses on the brutal crimes of love.

    anyway.... they said in a recent article in rolling stone that the song is about kurt cobain, oj simpson and bill clinton, but to be honest, im not seeing it really.
    t34418l3100on February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentKinda think that some of this has to do with 90s society like already mentioned. The first lines are about Kurt Kobain, (at least those lines seem sorta like his life anyways.. I was an accident, I drove way too fast couldn't stop, let the moment last

    It's not the guilt, it's not from the company I keep (IE Cobain didn't blame his fame or his guilt over being famous, in fact he didn't want to be famous at all, and I think he was also referencing some of Cobain's gfs/ courtney love, saying ti wasnt her fault either, it was all on him).

    2nd lines could be about OJ.. in a messed up way, or maybe it's the narrator again (this song was written by Neil Young, he just recorded MirrorBall with his friends Pearl Jam. They idolized Neil Young, and btw I think he needed their support in some ways, he took Cobain's death rather hard.. esp since he quoted Neil Young in his note)

    Next set of lyrics= about Cobain again.. basically about the pressures of being famous, and looking back saying now matter what he said it doesn't matter now. (the line I can't see you, but I know what's in my way" seems similar to some of the lyrics in Something's in the Way by Nirvana ( which is about Kurt's homelessness)
    the next set I have never been positive about but I sorta think it's about the 90s random violence..
    Not sure what the next set references either, maybe the 1989 Earthquake in San Francisco?
    Next set talks about Vietnam Vets and Vets from the First Gulf War that were left homeless and ignored while people watched and played sports and gambled.. (Neil Young has always been against war and also has helped the Homeless. Watch Keep onRocking in the Free World Video, and you can see him in action walking the streets of LA as a homeless man)
    The next set is about OJ and the trial, and all the circus that happened in the mid 90s during the trial...

    The last line is about Kurt Cobain, and his death, think he is describing what happened before he found out. He went to bed alone, woke up from a dream and saw the rider (guess this could be Courtney Love, or it could be Nichole or maybe someone else..

    The rest is about fame ..
    PTCGAZon January 08, 2013   Link

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