"Soak the Sin" as written by Christopher John Thorn, Thomas Rogers Stevens, Brad Smith, Shannon Hoon and Glen Graham....
I don't feel the suns comin' out today
It's staying in, it's gonna find another way
As I sit here in this misery
I don't think I'll ever no ??
See the sun from here

And oh as I fade away
They'll all look at me and say, and they'll say
Hey look at him, I'll never live that way
And that's okay
They're just afraid to change

When you feel your life ain't worth living
You've got to stand up
And take a look around and you look way up to the sky
Yeah, and when your deepest thoughts are broken
Keep on dreaming boy, 'cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die

And as we all play parts of tomorrow
Some ways will work and other ways we'll play
But I know we all can't stay here forever
So I want to write my words on the face of today
And then they'll paint it

And oh as I fade away
They'll all look at me and they'll say
Hey look at him and where he is these days
When life is hard, you have to change
When life is hard, you have to change


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"Soak the Sin" as written by Shannon Hoon Glen Graham

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    General Comment..i don't get this..but I like it..
    TaiMaiShu992on September 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti have no idea what this song is about. But i really like it
    k9ttyk1ton September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm tempted to think that this song is about starting over, becoming a new person. "Jump in the river and let the
    Water soak the sin in my soul." is rather baptismal.
    ashre_ashreon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyep!

    I'm lost.......Hoon didn't seem to try real hard to make sense to anyone.

    Which is fine with PT
    pton May 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about that whole starting over thing and about starting to sell drugs....just a guess
    bedhead4dayson December 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about taking life as it comes, living to the fullest even if the actions are deemed illegal. This is really just a guess given the title, certain lines, and the sound of the song.
    dbieon12on June 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentno idea what it means but probably the best song on the first album
    pearljamkicks@55on September 22, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song describes exactly what it feels like when you do psychedelic drugs. You start coming down and have an overwhelming appreciation for the small things in life (especially your parents for some reason) and as soon as i heard the line:


    "And if I ever go back home I'm
    Gonna settle
    And tell my momma, I love
    Her so and thank you for
    Giving me these bones"


    I instantly knew that it was about coming down from psychedelics. Also the song suggests feelings of remorse for the way he has lived, which also fits my idea. Its totally about the post-tripping feelings you get.
    thecatintheshoeson December 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIts 'And Thanks for givin me these bones of gold...' Im pretty sure its about psychedelics and appreciaton of his mother :)
    mrleavesagainon July 20, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationFor me it looks pretty simple: it's about leaving home and the turning point it is in author's life.

    "I've got to buy some shoes
    These ones are getting lose
    My feet are shrinking in the
    Sun, and it ain't fun
    But it looks like rain up ahead
    In forty miles.
    A big rainbow took the blue sky."

    So his shoes are getting loose and he is shrinking where he is. He also tells that new things stand close - "rain up ahead in forty miles".

    Next part is like telling goodbye to his mother and jumping into new life - "jump in the river and let the water soak the sin in my soul". It sounds like leaving home comes with some kind of sin making.

    "I'm gonna tell my momma, I love
    Her so and thank you for
    Giving me these bones o gold
    I'm gonna run from my home
    Jump in the river and let the
    Water soak the sin in my soul."

    And finally, already out of home, the author is already living his life the way he wants - seemingly full of sins and drugs.

    "Fine time we all crossed lines
    make the music that makes us
    Feel fine
    Rednecks on sun decks hearing a
    Hillside Romeo say "Boys this is the
    Good shit, so come on all and eat
    A little bit.""
    ibiaçu100on June 15, 2014   Link

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