"Lightning Bolt" as written by and Eddie Jerome Vedder....
She comes on like a stone
But you don’t know where from she was thrown
Like a burning meteor from miles high
Shes looking for a place to land
She said you got yourself some sand
And whatever you’d reply she took as yes

She comes out the deep?
With her newly planted seeds and soon you’re
Thrown down on your knees and then you’re dead
Then before you know the weeds are all beastly overgrown
With all the wild seeds he sews in your sleeve

You’ve got to know you’ll never let her go
Lightning bolt!
Lightning bolt!
Lightning bolt!

Always something and never nothing
Isn’t that the way we’re taught to be, to be?
Through the worn our pages
In stages when you knew not who to be
Yeah! yeah!
Until the lightning strike sets you free, yeah!

You’ve got to know you’ll never let her go
She is lightning bolt!
Lightning bolt!
Lightning bolt!

The crashing stormy waves are over shoreline everyday
Until the castle on her waves turns to sand
She holds her lovely breast as her birds fall from her nest
Flying towards the great northwest, yeah you were here

And with no repair in sight
There is no god with such might
As you open her world wide with such a view
And your death will soon arrive as she finally decides
That all her problems, they won’t die with you

A-yeah! a-yeah! a-yeah!
Never let her go
She’s a lightning bolt
Never let her go
She’s true

She's rock 'n roll
She's a lightning bolt
Uncontrollable
Like you


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"Lightning Bolt" as written by Eddie Jerome Vedder

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  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is clearly about surfing & Eddie's surfboard. Lightning Bolt is a brand of surfboards, once you get that it all makes sense.
    jarturotorreson October 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this is deeper than surfing or songwriting like the other comments have said but I wouldn't know what it's about so.....
    Alice_in_Soundweezeron October 19, 2015   Link
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    General CommentSounds good to me jarturotorres
    chris10000on December 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentNah, it's about writing songs. Ed basically said that was the case when he was interviewed in the lead up the album. Songwriting sometimes hits you like a lightning bolt.

    I think this song is about that and the issues that come with it. About focusing on so much on certain issues, while others grow around you. Hence, you have the dynamic relationship described in the song where the lightning bolt is somehow destroying the person that loves it. That sort of thing....

    It's actually a pretty great lyrical song, if this interp is correct.
    13inleton March 18, 2014   Link
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    General CommentCyrano de Bergerac- no?
    I believe so.
    That is quite possibly the best way to decipher the lyrics here.
    Gerard Depardieu won an Oscar in the role though I prefer Steve Martin's twist on the character in Roxanne.

    To put it in modern day terms, it is sort of like Catfish but not.

    Imagine, if you will, a gal meets a fellow whom she is attracted to and even though they have amazing chemistry together, he blows her off because many women are at his beck & call.
    So...how can she possibly get his attention?
    She becomes his "secret admirer".
    And he is fascinated by the notes she sends him even though he isn't quite sure WHO is sending him these hilarious & touching sentiments, over time?

    Fast forward- he finds out who it is and is stumped!
    She seemed so funny, intelligent, sweet, thoughtful & sincere in her notes but...she isn't quite up to snuff in regards to being good enough to meet his family.
    He is smitten, for sure, but she isn't up to his standard.

    And now he isn't sure how to handle his feelings?
    EST1966on September 01, 2016   Link
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    General CommentActually upon much deeper thought- this song could be about figuring out WHO YOU ARE on your journey.
    Very much so- I think the two or three characters in the song are bouncing off one another, over time.
    Perhaps she is his nemesis? Or the catalyst for him (the male) to begin to dive in (be more introspective).
    She is perhaps "the protagonist"?
    He is drawn to her, curious about her and she...makes him wonder what kind of man does she want me to be? Need me to be? What kind of man have I become because of her?
    She seems to spurn him or keep him at a distance?
    And this is his plea...or the third person who is advising sings/suggests "you can never let her go"...she is that valuable to him.
    She has sparked him, touched him, gotten through to him.

    The thing is- we're not given the conclusion. It's kind of open ended.
    You can speculate what has happened with these two people but this song leaves you wondering.

    Who knows?
    There must be a really exceptional reason why the band named an entire album after this cut- considering they have never done that previously.
    EST1966on September 01, 2016   Link

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