Everyone’s a critic looking back from the river...
Everyone’s a critic looking back up the river
Every boat is leaking in this town
Everybody is thinking they can all be delivered sitting in a box like lost and found

But I found my place and it’s all right
We’re all searching for a better way
Get this off my plate
It’s all right, I got my own way to believe

Find a lighthouse in the dark stormy weather
We all could use a sedative right now
Holy rollers sitting with their backs to the middle all alone and sinking the bow

And if you want to have to pray, it’s all right
We all be thinking with our different brain get this off my plate
It’s all right, I got my own way to believe, it’s okay

Sometimes you find yourself having to put all your faith in no faith
Mine is mine and yours won’t take its place
Now, make your getaway
Science says we’re making love like the lizards
Try and say that fossils ain’t profound
Silence says we’re not allowed to consider
Silence says stand up sit down you’re out

But I found my place
And it’s all right, I’m bearing witness to some better things, get this off my plate
It’s all right, I’ve got my own way to believe
It’s okay, sometimes you find yourself being told to change your ways
There’s no way, mine is mine and yours won’t take its place, now make your getaway

It’s okay, sometimes you find yourself having to put all your faith in no faith
Mine is mine and yours won’t take its place
Now make your getaway, it’s okay
Sometimes you find yourself being told to change your ways
For god’s sake, mine is mine and yours won’t take its place

Now, make your getaway
Now, make your getaway


Lyrics submitted by Hrd2Imagin, edited by mpedone

"Getaway" as written by Eddie Jerome Vedder

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    General CommentI think it's pretty simple, a "live and let live" kind of message aimed at the "holy rollers" to try to keep their opinion to themselves and stop pushing their beliefs on everyone else.

    For anyone that has a "born again" in their family, I'm sure you can relate.
    Hrd2Imaginon October 13, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThe premise of the song seems to be "Don't worry about what I believe in, you can have faith in what you want but I'll stick to my own beliefs, I don't need you to convince me of yours". It reflects the mindset of those of us who are atheists.

    I particularly love the line "Get this off my plate, It’s all right, I got my own way to believe". Sometimes religious (very select minority) tend to want to force feed their doctrine to the rest of the world. When we say "I'm fine with my own beliefs, thanks" it tends to fall on deaf ears.
    NYChearton October 30, 2013   Link
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    General CommentHrd2Imagin hit the nail on the head, but then again, with a name like that, it's to be expected ;)

    Anyways, this is a great song, one of their best, and a hell of a great way to start off the new album. It sounds like a Binaural-era mid tempo rocker, it's got that trademark Pearl Jam sound... you can tell it's them before Eddie even sings.

    Great start to a fucking amazing record.
    Tig45on February 04, 2014   Link
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    General CommentEddie, who I believe through lots of thought to his lyrics, is not an atheist. I do think he's struggled with faith his entire life, though, and understands that some people have completely lost it and won't get it back. This song is telling us to let them [me] be. Atheists are content with their decision, and certainly don't need their beliefs replaced with anyone else's.
    chad156304on September 19, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionI think this isn't exactly atheistic song. It is saying that you shouldn't take beliefs as a package deal.
    "Everybody is thinking they can all be delivered sitting in a box like lost and found"

    That you can believe only from inside of yourself and you should keep it that way:
    "It’s all right, I got my own way to believe"
    "There’s no way, mine is mine and yours won’t take its place, now make your getaway"
    And if you find yourself not believing in something you should choose to go your own way.

    That the meaning of beliefs is to make life better for everyone. So you can't have your back turned to the future:
    "I’m bearing witness to some better things"
    "Everyone’s a critic looking back up the river
    Every boat is leaking in this town"

    That religions don't want us to look forward. Instead they close themselves from the world:
    "Science says we’re making love like the lizards
    Try and say that fossils ain’t profound
    Silence says we’re not allowed to consider
    Silence says stand up sit down you’re out"

    There is one section that I can't understand fully, that is:
    "Holy rollers sitting with their backs to the middle all alone and sinking the bow"
    What it means to sit back to the middle in a boat? And for what is the boat metaphore for? Religion?
    miksupyon February 10, 2018   Link

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