"Thin Air" as written by and Stone Gossard....
There's a light, when my baby's in my arms,
There's a light, when the window shades are drawn,

Hesitate, when I feel I may do harm to her,
Watch it all, cause this feeling we can share.

And I know she's reached my heart, in thin air.

Byzantine is reflected in our pond,
There's a cloud, but the water remains calm,
Reaching in, the suns fingers clutch the dawn to pass,
Even out, it's a precious thing to bear.

And I know she's reached my heart, in thin air,
Yes I know she's reached my heart, in thin air.

It's not in my past to presume,
Love can keep on moving in both directions.
How to be happy and true,
Is the quest we're taking on together,

Taking on, on, on, on,
Taking on, on, on, on, on, on.

There's a light, when my baby's in my arms,

And I know she's reached my heart in thin air,
And I know she's reached my heart in thin air,
Yes I know she's reached my heart in thin air,
Yes I know she's reached my heart.


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"Thin Air" as written by Stone Gossard

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    General CommentGossard: I think the stronger your connection with someone, the more chances you can really hurt them. I think that's the key to that. You put yourself into a situation where something really means something to you, and if you lose that situation, it can really be painful.

    Vedder: I appreciated the fact that it was a song about new love. I couldn't have written that song. Because my love is actually really very, very old. It's on a whole other spectrum.

    Sonicnet: Because you've known [wife] Beth [Liebling] since high school?

    Vedder: Seventeen years. So, to hear this one, and know that that stuff is true ... I responded to the apprehension that was in there. I thought it was beautiful.

    Vedder: I might ask them a little bit. My only question to Stone on "Thin Air" is, "Do you want to sing it?"
    Gossard: Every night? No.
    Vedder: Actually, when he said yes, I was pretty happy. I turned around and said, "Yeah! Great!"
    Gossard: You don't know what it's like to be in a band with a singer that's open to looking at somebody else's songs and saying there's value in that. That's what gives life to this band, and what will sustain it, the idea that if everybody just writes two to three good songs a year. And usually it's the ones you don't even think that anyone will respond to that everyone responds to.
    You come in with your A-list, and you think, "I got this one surefire." But, by the end of the day, everyone is like, "You know that one on the second side? That kinda weird one? That's the one we should do." That's great. That's such a great process — to be in a collaboration where people are pulling stuff, and responding to your music in a way that you don't expect.

    EV: Actually, that was one of my favorite ones during the beginning of the recording process, which made me want to write 2 or 3 ones that were better. Yeah! It's a good song.
    STRANGELIFEon May 21, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a love song unlike any I have ever heard in my life.
    I still don't understand what is it that makes it different from all the others.
    It makes me happy. I want to scream , to laugh, to cry, to jump.
    I don't know why but I feel that people who don't listen to PJ are in a way losing something that they didn't even know existed, by not hearing this song .
    People who listen to their music are rewarded by knowing this beautiful song. It's like a hidden treasure.
    no code88on November 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentladybug: what you're trying to say is that stone is dedicating songs to ed's wife?!?!
    detonatoron June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a love song, and a beautiful one at that, obviosly dedecated to eddie's wife, sooooo pretty!!!!
    ladybugon March 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a dark tension seething just below the surface of this song that suggests it's not as it seems. A melancholy tale of murder hidden in a love ballad?
    DeathRockBoyon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe the line "How to be happy and true is quest we're taking on together", answers the question if murder is involved... I don't believe it is. Or at least hope not!
    stisellon April 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is actually Stone Gossard's song. It is more about Stones life than Eddies, but it also relates to Eddie.
    derfcobainon June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn one of the DVDs (I think it's Touring Band 2000) Eddie said that Stone wanted to dedicate the song to someone. If it is about murder, then it's not very smart to record a death threat on DVD.
    Regos the Saneon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentdidnt eddie get divorced? thought i heard that somewhere
    aicdirt27on January 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, Ed did get divorced. But Stone wrote this song, so what's your point?
    armanon May 17, 2005   Link

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