"State of Love and Trust" as written by Jeffrey Allen Ament, Eddie Jerome Vedder and Mike Mccready....
State of love and trust
As I busted down the pretext
Sin still plays and preaches,
But to half an empty court, oh
And the signs are passin',
Grip the wheel, can't read 'em
Sacrifice receiving the smell
That's on my hands, hands, yeah

And I listen for the voice inside my head
Nothing. I'll do this one myself
Lay her down as priest does,
Should the Lord be a countin'?
Will be in my honor, make it pain, painfully quick, oh
Promises are whispered in the age of darkness
Want to be enlightened like
I want to be told the end, end, yeah

And the barrel shakes aimed, oh, directly at my head
Help me, help me from myself
And I listen, for the voices inside my head
Nothin', I'll do this one myself
Uh huh, huh, oh,
Myself, myself,

Hey, na, na, na, na, hey, that's something
Hey, na, na, na, na, hey, that's something
Hey, na, na, na, na, hey, that's something
Want to back, back it away, hey, hey, yeah

And I listen
Nothin', I'll do this one myself

Oh, and the barrel waits, trigger shakes,
Aimed at my fucking head off
Won't you help me, help me from myself

State of love and trust, and a
State of love and trust, and a
State of love and trust, and a
State of love and, yeah


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"State of Love and Trust" as written by Jeffrey Allen Ament, Eddie Jerome Vedder, Mike Mccready

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  • +2
    General CommentTo me this song has religious hypocrisy all over it. Definitely one of the most powerful PJ songs ever.
    ginnyeon April 17, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe lyrics are very powerfull in this song, i wouldnt disregard the lyrics
    richie8092on June 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAwesome song, forget about the lyrics... its the music that makes the song, but ill have to agree with eternaljam on that one.
    (:hristiaanon May 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdamn... jsut listen to the helplessness in his voice while he is singing this song... it sounds like a man not in control of his actions.
    big timmyon February 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me that the speaker has been let down by someone ("busted down the pretext"-perhaps uncovered some disgusting truth about someone close to him). Then he is torn between his desire for revenge on one hand and his love and trust of the person on the other hand.

    "Sin still plays and preaches but to have an empty court"-despite the things he is hearing he wishes to deny them and stop listening to them.

    "And the signs are passing grip the wheel can't read it"-the speaker is left in a state of confusion and moving so quickly that he is unable to comprehend what is happening to him.

    "Sacrifice receiving the smell that's on my hands hands yeah"-rather than being rewarded for his continued love and trust of the person, he is instead looked down upon (perhaps his "love and trust" is perceived by some as dependence upon the person).

    "And I listen for the voice inside my head
    Nothing I'll do this one myself"-speaker calls out for the voice of God to guide him and, hearing nothing, the speaker chooses to continue on his own way, knowing of no alternative.

    "Lay her down as priest does, should the lord be a counting
    Will be in my honor make it pain painfully clear uh huh"-the speaker wonders why God will not offer justice. The speaker has done what he feels is the right thing by not seeking revenge but seems to be receiving only punishment. The speaker feels that it has been made painfully clear that God is not on his/her side.

    "Promises are whispered in the age of darkness
    Want to be enlightened like I want to be told the end end yeah"-The speaker refers to the promises made by God and realizes that God will reveal answers on His own schedule. Also, the speaker realizes that if he had all the answers there would be no reason to go on with life.

    "Hey na na na na hey that's something (x3)
    Wanna back back it away yeah yeah"-The speaker begins to feel some peace about the situation when he realizes that he has done the right thing by not seeking revenge, that all should be left to God and the speaker should let it be and move on.

    "And I listen yeah for the voice inside my head
    Nothing I'll do this one myself yeah
    And the barrel waits trigger shakes aimed right at my head
    Won't you help me help me from myself"-Even though at peace with the situation, the speaker has not received any clear guidance and therefore continues to fight an inner battle against himself.

    Song closes with state of "love and trust" repeated to emphasize that the speaker's relationship with God must simply be left up to love and trust; the speaker must do the best he can to do what is right even though situations are not always clear.

    I am a big PJ fan, but I don't know a lot about Eddie Vedder's personal beliefs. I do know enough, however, to realize that he likely didn't write the song intending for it to portray this, we can never really know for sure. But this is simply my interpretation.
    Hearkeneron March 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is posible one of the most powerfull pearljam songs ever written to me this song is about someone who has cheated on their lover and doesnt know what to do about it so they listen to their concience but it doesnt tell him anything so he trys to kill himself or is attempting suicide as a way out of his long term and short term conciquences of his actions.
    pearlpumpkins3382on January 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI seem to recall a late night discussion between a group of friends about this song and someone said that they read somewhere it was a song about rape.
    Andybeeon April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song its really opened me up to music again but if someone could tell me if there is a studio version of this song cos i havent got it i can only find the unplugged version on kazaa if you know sumthing could you email me or sumthin my addy is kurdt_kobain_the_fallen_angel@hotmail.com thanks
    lordabortionon May 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat album is it on
    lordabortionon May 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's on the "Singles" soundtrack
    Tatuon May 08, 2003   Link

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