"Brother (Pre-Ten Sessions)" as written by and Stone Gossard....
You should be happy with what you got,
You should be hard to be a brother,
You should be happy with what we give you

Hand over my face.
I am related to my enemy.
My house on fire,
And my big brother come put the blame on me.

He's a-pushin', I'm being pushed from above.
Oh, and a brother, back to back to back,
Better back off of him.

You should not question at all his authority

Use a flag as a bandage.
Stick 'em up, show us your pocket hypocrisy.
In the closet, my pleasures
'Cause my big brother don't want to just let me be

Oh, and I'm pushin', oh if I could get above,
Oh, and a brother back to back back,
Keep your back off.
Oh, and I'm pushin', I'm being pushed from above.
Oh, and a brother, back to back to back,
Better back off of him

Face down, brother,
Face down [Repeat: x3]

In my mind there's a clearing.
Black clouds flow through gray still skies.
And the birds don't even whisper.
I'm flying out, I'm flying,

Back to back back, better back off,
Back to back to back, a better, better, better,
Back to back to back, back to back back, brother,
Face down, brother,
Face down,
Face down, brother,
Face down, almost, fired,
Face down, I got a gun,
Face down,
I got a gun, I got a gun,
Face down, I got a gun,
Face down

Fuck it, I'm just gonna go home, turn on the fuckin' TV,
Watch the nightly news and drink a beer,
Like I could even change the world, yeah right


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"Brother [#][*]" as written by Stone Gossard

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    General CommentDefinitely Big Brother, ie government. Who else would cover a wound (like 9/11) with patriotism? (I'm referring to the band aid/flag).
    Uhm, I'm not saying the Bush administration did well, or not. All I'm saying is that the big brother here refers to our government and not to a sibling, like a previous poster (on the thread with the wrong lyrics) said.
    Plus, to keep with the Orwellian motif, there's the recurring "keep/be happy," the occasional "don't question authority," and the never-ending "pushing." Face down still!
    Regenstone8on December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAside from the fact that 9/11 happened 11 years after this song was recorded, I think you're pretty much dead on.


    ALSO. I first heard this song on Lost Dogs; that was, of course, the instrumental version. I just heard this song on the radio, with lyrics, and a different arrangement. And it made an already bad ass tune 50 trillion times more bad ass.


    SO excited that song has vocals/lyrics. And a different arrangement that makes the song ACTUALLY BETTER SOMEHOW.
    monticelloon February 18, 2009   Link

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