"Rearviewmirror" as written by Dave Abbruzzese, Michael David Mccready, Jeff Ament, Stone C Gossard and Eddie Vedder....
I took a drive today
Time to emancipate
I guess it was the beatings made me wise
But I'm not about to give thanks, or apologize
I couldn't breathe, holdin' me down
Hand on my face, pushed to the ground
Enmity gaged, united by fear
Forced to endure what I could not forgive

I seem to look away
Wounds in the mirror waved
It wasn't my surface most defiled
Head at your feet, fool to your crown
Pissed on my plate, swallowed it down
Enmity gaged, united by fear
Tried to endure what I could not forgive

Saw things [Repeat x4]
Clearer [Repeat x2]
Once you, were in my rearviewmirror

I gather speed from you fucking with me
Once and for all I'm far away
I hardly believe, finally the shades, are raised, hey

Saw things so much clearer
Once you, once you [Repeat x3]
Rearviewmirror

Saw things so much clearer
Once you, oh yeah


Lyrics submitted by Trent, edited by Mellow_Harsher, jjrex

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

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  • +1
    General CommentI always related to this song in a way, being raised in an abusive home. 'I guess it was the beatings that made me wise/But I'm not about to give thanks or apologize'.
    From my experience, the abuser usually tries to tell you that they did this out of love, that they didn't mean to hurt you, it was your own fault, etc.
    As you grow older, you abuser wants to make peace with the past, they want you to help them excuse their past behavior by pointing out your character or whatever, and saying, 'See, I didn't fuck you up too bad. I made you strong. I made you who you are.'
    You just have to get away from it all together.
    lilybarton October 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentEddie makes stories in the songs, and they tend to relate to him. Yes, I believe this is entirely related to Daughter. I think it's sort of the end of that little story. This is a kick ass driving song, and yes, it feels great when you hate someone or something.
    chardsofglasson August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI also got a sense being forced to leave behind something he loves. Idunno maybe that’s just personal experience mixed in.
    Korovicon March 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of the ultimate "driving in your car singing at the top of your lungs" songs ever written...
    rock2livelive2rockon December 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOMG IT'S NOT ABOUT SUICIDE!!!! Why is every song done in the 90's about suicide, drugs, or Kurt fucking Cobain?? Believe it or not, musicians had other things going on in their heads.

    With that said, it is about abuse. And to those who have not noticed-my favorite part is listening to the intensity of the song, feeling Eddie's aggrivation yet release of a shitty situation and as the song ends, right after that last chord, you hear the drumsticks hit the wall..lol. The producer having kept poor Dave Abbruzzese do take after take after take and at the end of that particular one he throws his sticks which hit a wall..lol. It's the perfect end to a song so intense with frustration and release. So symbolic. God, I love Pearl Jam. I love that intensity. Every time I hear it I get chills. That one small *clank clank* sound adds so much, especially if you know the story.
    dvdsky81on October 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentEddie was verbally abused by his stepfather. This is about finally leaving and being free of it.
    PJ10on April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs i said in Daughter. DOes the Shades reference here have anything to do with hte shades reference in Daughter
    Andybeeon April 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey andybee I think your right...I think it's same reference because think about it ...he says "the shades are finally raised" he got away from abuse and in daughter "shades go down" she's getting beat in daughter you're right wow you're so perceptive
    KOOLKRISon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey andybee I think your right...I think it's same reference because think about it ...he says "the shades are finally raised" he got away from abuse and in daughter "shades go down" she's getting beat in daughter you're right wow you're so perceptive
    KOOLKRISon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, the first guy was right. What I love about Pearl Jam is that you get the feeling in the song... this is song is full of anger and resent. You can tell in his voice and the music and lyrics that he's being freed of something he hates... which in this case is his stepdad.
    emo_SavestheDayon April 27, 2002   Link

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