"Who You Are" as written by and Jack Irons Eddie Vedder....
Come to send not condescend
Transcendental consequences to transcend...
Where we are...Who are we? Who we are...
Trampled moss on your souls...
Changes all you're a part...
Seen it all not at all...
Can't defend the command...
Take me a for a ride before we leave...
Circumstance clappin' hands...
A driving winds happenstance...
Off the track in the mud...
That's the moss in the aforementioned verse...
...miraculous...and a little...
Just a little time, before we leave...
Stoplight plays its part...
So I would say you've got a part...
What's your part? Who you are
You are who, who you are...


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"Who You Are" as written by Jack Irons Eddie Vedder

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    General CommentWhere I live, we have a train that runs through the middle of town, so often you find yourself parked waiting for it for
    15 minutes at a time. One time some friends and I were waiting for the train and bitching, until we had all told a strory how waiting for a train at one time or another had a positive affect on their day.
    This situation fits with the line "stop light plays its part, so I would say..you have a part"
    It is almost a Taoist sentiment to the song, that you dont need to strive for who you are, you are already that person.
    The world is the same way...quit trying to change the world or blame the world for the way it is, instead, realize that that is the way the world is...work with it
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti like the way Bellyfull of Swans talks about this song, and especially the example of how waiting for a train delay made him and his friends realise how it could change what happens to you in a day.

    its so hard to pinpoint the exact philosophy of this song. it for me just shows how everyone has different experiences and added up they all make us who we are, though in the same sense we are who we are anyway from birth.

    i love the way Eddie's lyrics allow the listener to search deep into their own souls and just ponder all aspects of life.
    JoNNieS Kon January 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought the second line was transcendental consequence
    Andybeeon October 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, and in the second verse it's:

    "Trampled MOSS, on your souls..."

    then in the third verse/last line:

    "That's the moss in the aforementioned verse."

    My second favorite Pearl Jam song.
    defuncton May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has always made me lookat myself and
    and be proud . A great song that never got the recognition it deserves.
    nocodeon February 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThink about the butterflies in PJ's Stomach when they decided to release this song as their first single.... Listeners would go from hearing the Dreary grungy like of "Immortality" and "Corduroy" to this little uplifting song...... This song was the song that Kicked fairweather fans in the ass but not like corduroy.... Fairweather fans just didnt like this song so they didnt buy the album.... actions equal consequence.... they didnt hear no code..... that was how fair weather fans screwed themselves with pearl jam...... they didnt give "who You Are" a chance so they didnt buy No Code and missed out on one of their best albums..... this song is so beautiful, it is so uplifting it is like just awesome....

    My favorite line is :

    The stop light
    Plays it's part
    So I would say
    You've got a part
    What's your part?
    Who you are
    You are who
    Who you are

    The "Who You Are" on Rearview Mirror has a different line instead of "Circumstance. Clapping hands." it is "Avalanche Fallin' fast".....
    This song is so wonderful.... so close to being my favorite....
    N0 C0DE 79on May 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEveryone always says this song marked a turning point for Pearl Jam, where they shied away from the mainstream.

    Well, I may agree, but I view this song as a success, seeing as it DID reach no.1 on the modern rock chart. I'm also angered that there is only five posts on this song, where lesser known songs garnered more. Did people just forget about this song? I hope not, because it is one of PJ's best.

    I see this song as anti-suicidal. Each of us has a part and purpose in life, despite all that may happen around us, and to end it would be destroying that purpose that you were supposed to hand out. No one knows what their purpose is- to cure diseases, to become a world leader, or to even help a poor soul find his way. At least that's how I look at it. The Eastern-tinged instrumental break in the middle of the song is so amazing- imagine going from "Spin the Black Circle" to this! Hah, no wonder why people were thrown offguard.
    T-CAP75on August 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is very unique. like no other PJ song
    nic000on October 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe guitars and drums in this song are played really well. I love the intro aswell
    Floyd The Barberon February 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a great song. I hear a lot of spiritual influence on Vedder in this.
    Zurby87on May 03, 2007   Link

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