"Of the Girl" as written by Dee Dee Ramone and Daniel Rey....
Oh, he deals 'em off, off the top, ties 'em off
Fills it up with his past, gets carried away
Oh, half his life, a hand-me-down, wasted away
Oh, he fills it up with the love of a girl

Oh, he left it alone, drilled the pain with money to buy

How he makes his getaway
How he makes his getaway

Oh, he chose a path, heavy the fall, quarter to four
Fills his mind with the thought of a girl

How he makes his getaway
How he makes his getaway
How he makes his getaway
Getaway


Lyrics submitted by Trent, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Of the Girl" as written by Stone Gossard

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    General Commenti see the drug stuff but do you see the style of no sex in it because of drugs hence the name of the song
    i love JFon June 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's about being lovesick for a girl.
    "He fills it up
    with the love
    of the girl"

    HE fills it up with her love, because SHE doesn't love him and won't do it herself.

    On another note, great song to listen to high.
    Tig45on September 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt is clear to me this song is about a heroin adiction. The title "Of the Girl" is just a cleaver way of masking that fact.

    The first stanza deals with actually shooting up. Filling up the syringe, tieing off, and shooting up "with the love of a girl."

    Then there is a period of escapement.

    The second stanza is more about the effect heroin has on his life. A chosen path, the late nights, and devistation heroin has caused on his life (heavy the fall). He is tormented by his addiction.
    Chinpokomonon March 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just love the bass line.
    tjb2004on May 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song, whether it be about heroin or not, is about wasting your life over something that can never be fulfilling as you need to to.
    PearlJamRVMon February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song, whether it be about heroin or not, is about wasting your life over something that can never be fulfilling as you need to to.
    PearlJamRVMon February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the drug reference is a clever euphamism - playing on the fact that drugs are often discussed in songs via talk of a woman. The first line is a reference to cards tho, thus gamling. And the major vices are considered to be Drink, Drugs, Gambling and Womanising.

    I think it's about someone trying to escape from themselves within these vices instead of facing their demons.

    I find the song in general has a really trancy feeling to it. The repeated descending guitar phrase, the over reverbed guitar sweeps and chugs.
    xdvron March 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is Recorded using binaural recording methods, it sounds eerie and cool
    nic000on February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMike: Yeah, well I enjoyed that song. It kind of had a…thank you very much…it had kind of a Stonesy vibe to it too, Mick Taylor being one of my favourite guitar players around too, and I like Clapton a lot too. I think that song lent itself to playing that way, and hopefully I achieved that. We recorded it in kind of the analog sense. We actually opened up with it last night, and it's kind of a cool way to open up a show, I found. Yeah, those guys are my guitar heroes, and that kind of sound. I wanted to, when I heard Stone play it for the first time, it was like, yeah, I could just do something like that over it. And it came out pretty cool, I think.

    Eddie: It's a type of recording that's called binaural recording. There's several ways to do it, whether there's two microphones clipped here [motions to both temples by ear], to not just record the instruments, but record the air around the instruments. You can hear, there's a song called Of The Girl. You know you can hear Mike's, Mike McCready's guitar. You can really feel the space of the room. That is something that you kind of miss from modern recordings, which may be done on pro tools or computer or... It's just a micing technique but I think we were successful capturing some of the moods that happened in the room by adding some of that room sound. Worldbeat Interview on CNN, broadcast June 11, 2000; London, England
    STRANGELIFEon May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor a while i thought Ed sang in the end:

    " He fills his knife with the blood of a girl "

    thinking its another song about a killer who acts out of a twisted lack of love in his life.. maybe a man who was involved with a girl who left him and then he killed her in a crime of passion.

    I was wrong, the song is different. More about someone fixating too much on a girl i think. Anyway great song.
    CCDevlinon July 06, 2007   Link

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