Power high, power low
You could take 'em all to school
You could fly, wilt the stilt had nothing on you
Lambchops and afro-do, Milwaukee Bucks and a barbecue
#33 just like you

Sweet Lew, how could you?
Sweet Lew, makin' me blue

A Laker trade their Bobby-D for a house, a guru by the sea
A little help from 32, showtime, and worthy
Those were the days, pre-investment spree

Sweet Lew, is it true?
Sweet Lew, how could you?

I grew up trying to copy you, Bruce Lee, and a kung-fu
Act a jazzman, yogi too
Little did i know, a loose screw
But you had your own shoe
Build him high, build him tall, a taiku with a basketball
Tear 'em down, one and all
7'2" is a long way to fall

Sweet lew, how's the view?
Sweet lew, how could you?



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    General CommentAfter hearing this song I see why Pearl Jam doesn't let Jeff Ament sing hardly any songs.
    Stoneyon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this wasn't meant to be a 'Pearl Jam song' as much as it was Jeff's way of getting back at Kareem Abdul Jabaar. I mean, like the Lost Dogs CD booklet says, he met his idol, and KAJ was aloof and completely distant. Imagine meeting Eddie Vedder and him being an absolute tool to you... how would you cope? Well, Jeff Ament wrote a song.

    And being as how basketball is my sport too, I envision meeting Michael Jordan - if he acted like a tool then I'd be upset...
    sbhojuon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti like his vice on this. its something diffrent and weird and thats what i love in music. i think he should sing a lot more backing vocals on their records but only the sewwt ones that make you think lots and lots
    i love JFon November 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpearl jam is my favorite band and i love them but this song is not only written badly, but it sounds like shit
    richie8092on January 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthow can you say that about pearl jam!!!!! so rude. to me it dosent matter what song it is as long as it has a great meaning to me. i can show myself through this song.

    im so mean i havent listened to them in ages!!
    i love JFon January 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso this song means something to you how? a lot of people can relate to their songs but this isnt really one of them
    richie8092on January 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning of this song to me is doubled. Firstly; one shouldn't idolize people becuse they are after all just humans with faults just like the rest of us. Secondly; if you're in a position where people look up to you you should at least try to be civil against your fans.
    And in my book Jeff Ament does not only write GREAT songs, he also sings great. Just listen to their cover of The Ramones 'I Just Wanna Have Something To Do'.
    rockteaon March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWorst Pearl Jam song ever.
    Kerouac2002on January 17, 2010   Link

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