"All Those Yesterdays" as written by and Stone Gossard....
Don't you think you oughta rest?
Don't you think you oughta lay you head down?
Don't you think you want to sleep?
Don't you think you oughta lay your head down tonight?

Don't you think you've done enough?
Oh don't you think you've got enough well maybe...
You don't think there's time to stop
There's time enough for you to lay your head down tonight tonight

Let it wash away
All those yesterdays

What are you running from?
Taking pills to get along
Creating walls to call your own
So no one catches you? drifting off and
Doing all the things that we all do

Let them wash away
All those yesterdays
All those yesterdays
All those paper plates

You've got time, you've got time to escape
There's still time, it's no crime to escape
It's no crime to escape, it's no crime to escape
There's still time, so escape
It's no crime, crime...

All those yesterdays {9X}


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"All Those Yesterdays" as written by Stone Gossard

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    General CommentI think Stone might've written this one about Mike McCready.

    The two were childhood friends long before Mike joined PJ. But a few years after the band made it big, Mike went through a tough time with health problems and addiction to pills and booze.

    According to interviews I've seen, MM distanced himself emotionally from the other band members for a while, which could be reflected by these lyrics:

    What are you running from?
    Taking pills to get along.
    Creating walls to call your own.
    So no one catches you drifting off and doing all the things that we all do.
    Lantaon November 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman this song reminds me of a friend of mine!!
    ladybugon April 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSleep and winding down from the day, got to love sleep.
    corporatehellon March 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commentafter living all of the pressures and anxieties of the world every day. Take a break. rest. We all go through these feelings.
    danny_Horneyon April 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAll those yesterdays talks about human beings and how they build walls around them selves by the life style they choose, and the situations they`ve been through, who`ve been stupid for a couple of times always beleive that he`s stupid, its never too late to change, forget what made u what u are and start changing ur self to something better, let ur mind relax, remove the walls of thoughts u live in...
    SoBeRon April 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRelates to how people need to let go and escape after the day is over. It isn't a crime to want to dream and forget everything for awhile.
    planetearthon May 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree that the feeling of the song has to do with sleep, rest and escape, but I relate more with SoBeR's ideas of the walls we build and the difficulties we have in changing.
    We often feel it's wrong (a "crime" even) to change our ideas and admit that we've been wrong in our atitudes for some time ("all those yesterdays"). So the song's saying: give up your struggle, cause it's only doing you harm and it's ok to admit you were wrong or off track.
    Coupled with this comes the seductiveness of rest as an escape and it feels to me that the resting is sort of the acknowledgement of defeat (that you were wrong in something and are giving up). The rest and escape is something a person might have been fighting against, but should give in to and admit their mistakes.
    joaovbson November 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song epitomises pearl jam and eddie vedders lyrical mastery...

    i think "all those yesterday " has something to do with hangin around with the wrong crowd...doin drugs just to be "in"...

    --->What are you running from?
    Taking pills to get along.
    Creating walls to call your own.
    So no one catches you drifting off and doing all the things that we all do

    you creat walls of your own...but later on you realize that no ones there for you...your freaking alone and desolate...

    but the last line still stumps me...it seems that vedder thinks its no crime ...

    listen to it when you're high...youll get the meaning...
    electric_shamaon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its about old people .... and how they try to run away from the inevitable fact that they are slowly and surely nearing the end, by sometimes trying to work harder than their ageing body would allow, just so as to give the impression that they are young and active yet.... " what are you running from, taking pills to get along, ...so no one catches you drifting off"
    Bengal Tigeron February 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthey eletric shama there's still time to escape its no crime i think means that when the walls are around you (your own) you may still feel like wanting to go back to all the other worlds that have yor name put on them but you know its wrong. its part of the cold turkey process and everyone gets it.

    for more info on the meaning of this song listen to pink floyd the wall it'll help you understand it a hell of a lot more
    i love JFon June 09, 2005   Link

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