"Indifference" as written by Stone C. Gossard, Jeffrey Allen Ament, Eddie Jerome Vedder, Mike Mccready and David Abbruzzese....
I will light the match this mornin' so I won't be alone
Watch as she lies silent for soon light will be gone
Oh I will stand arms outstretched pretend I'm free to roam
Oh I will make my way through one more day in, hell
How much difference does it make
How much difference does it make yeah

I will hold the candle till it burns up my arm
Oh I'll keep takin' punches until their will grows tired
Oh I will stare the sun down until my eyes go blind
Hey, I won't change direction, and I won't change my mind
How much difference does it make
How much difference does it make, how much difference

I'll swallow poison, until I grow immune
I will scream my lungs out till it fills this room
How much difference
How much difference does it make


Lyrics submitted by Holden666

"Indifference" as written by Dave Abbruzzese, Michael David Mccready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Eddie Vedder

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  • +4
    General Commenthmm i wouldn't know exactly what's it about but feels like someone who is in a lot of emotional pain and thinking bout some suicide action or what will be a substitute for the pain it is feeling. Could as well be on automutilating. Seeking physical pain for getting your mind of emotional pain.
    flinkaflenkaflrskon January 15, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think it says that when you are really down, nothing can make a difference, nothing can stop the pain
    ladybugon April 29, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentFor me it's about someone who's quite stubborn and cannot be influenced by what others think about the way he chose to go. Someone who is abondened by his friends and family maybe for that way he chose. But still - he is standing there, takes their punches as long as it will take until they will stop to come down on him. He will not unlight the candle of his own will and direction, even if it means he will get hurt, he's staring the sun down even if his eyes will get blind, swalling the shit they put on him until it doesn't hurt him anymore. For me all that means he will make his way and stand behind his decision - whatever he will have to face and to go through. What they do does not make any difference to him and his way.
    That's encouraging.

    Bren_aon August 17, 2002   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think this song talks about how humans can delight in their sadness.
    "Oh i will make my way thought, one day more in hell"
    I can destroy myself, whatever, how much difference it makes. I don't care at all, life is a hell for me.
    This is how i understand this very sad song.
    Stouvieon February 03, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song just oozes desperation and futility, Pearl Jam are by far one of the most talented bands at conveying emotions musically.
    AntiPop245on January 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about losing love. Also about how your live is changed when there isn't anybody in your life anymore.

    I was able to download a video file of Eddie and Ben Harper playing this song together. It's incredible.
    Cubically Containedon April 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's one of their most beautiful songs I think, every record seems to offer at least one new particularly beautiful pearl jam song, the most beautiful imo:
    Ten : Black, ocean, release
    Vs: Indifference, rearview mirror, daughter
    Vitalogy : Better man, nothing man, immortality
    No code : Present tense, red mosquito, around the bend
    Yield : In hiding, given to fly, wishlist
    Binaural : Parting ways, sleight of hand
    Riot act : All or none, love boat captain, I am mine, Thumbing my way

    Should help any newbies looking for gorgeous pearl jam fans. What does everyone think of riot act? I think its good, but I'm a bit disapointed because I thought binaural was really good (although If I'd heard yield before I might have been disapointed with that).
    fleaaaaaaon April 21, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe this song is about the battles in life that cannot be won, but must be fought. Whether it's a quest for justice, the environment, against poverty, for tolerance, love, whatever. This song is about picking your battle, and letting the fight define you. You know you can't win, but that doesn't matter. The fight is so precious, whatever it is, that you must fight.
    MamasanScaron December 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a song of regret for me. It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion and giving in to the thought that you can't do anything to stop it from happening. He has perspective of what his actions are doing to those around him, but he is indifferent. This is a man that is unable to swallow his pride and admit he is wrong in the way he is living. It seems like he has thoughts of remorse and regret, but they never manifest into something more... he can't do what he knows to be the right thing. He is stubborn. He is weary despite identifying with someone who cannot be hurt. He is sad for what he is. He regrets his decisions, but in his world, a mask can hide his pain. I think this song should be looked at in a little different light from just him being hard-headed. He has a conscience but is unable or unwilling to follow it.
    pmtuneman13on July 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel this song is about futility. It doesn't matter what he does. It won't make a difference. He could scream all he wants, suffer all the pain in the world, and nothing would change the circumstances.
    CBCoulon June 12, 2011   Link

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