Cold wind blows on the soles of my feet
Heaven knows nothing of me
I'm lost, nowhere to go
Oh, when I was a kid...oh, how magic it seemed
Oh, please let me sleep, it's Christmas time


Flowered winds was where I lived
Thought you burned, not froze for your sins
Oh, I'm so tired, and cold
Oh, when I was a kid...oh, how magic it seemed
Oh, please let me sleep, it's Christmas time
Oh...oh, when I was a kid...oh, how magic it seemed
Oh, please let me sleep, it's Christmas time


Oh...oh, when I, if I was a kid...oh, how magic it seemed
Oh, please let me dream, it's Christmas time


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    General CommentI just came up with another possible meaning of this song.

    This song could be about a homeless person trying to avoid being miserable on the year's biggest holiday.

    "Cold wind blows on the soles of my feet"
    The person doesn't have any shoes, and cold wind is blowing on their bare, exposed feet.

    "Heaven knows nothing of me"
    God has no mercy, my situation is grim, and it appears as though Heaven isn't going to help me any time soon.

    "I'm lost, nowhere to go"
    I have no family, no friends, no possible place to go in this cold weather, I'm out on my ass, with nobody and nothing.

    "Oh when I was a kid, oh how magic it seemed"
    When I was a kid, living in a house, with my family, Christmas was the most magical time of year, what ever happened to that?

    "Oh please let me sleep, it's Christmas time"
    Just leave me. I'd rather be asleep than have to suffer being homeless and alone on Christmas.

    "Flowered winds was where I lived"
    I used to be in a better situation, everything was perfect, like flowers in the wind. Now look at me.

    "Thought you burned, not froze for your sins"
    I'm out in the cold, with no shelter, freezing to death. Maybe I made some mistakes, but at least put me in a place that's warm, instead of punishing me by making me freeze.

    "Oh, I'm so tired, and cold"
    'tired' has a double meaning here. Tired physically, and tired of having to "live" this way. I'm naturally cold because it's winter and I'm homeless. I'm also emotionally cold, I've forgotten what it feels like to be emotionally warm and active.

    "Oh, when I was a kid...oh how magic it seemed"
    See above

    "Oh, please let me sleep it's Christmas time"
    Ditto

    "Oh...oh, when I, if I was a kid...oh, how magic it seemed"
    Likewise

    "Oh please let me dream it's Christmas time"
    Let me sleep and have dreams of what it was like when I was able to enjoy Christmas, when all this suffering had not yet consumed me.
    Pearl_Jamon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe nobody has commented on this gem of a song. This is Pearl Jam's 1991 Christmas single, and it's one of their greatest songs to date. The lyrics of this song are intended to relay the image of a typical family Christmastime celebration.

    "Cold wind blows on the soles of my feet"
    He's asleep, it's Christmas morning, his feet are cold due to the typical December weather.

    "Heaven knows nothing of me"
    I'm living my life, with no intention of leaving any time soon

    "I'm lost, nowhere to go"
    I'm still groggy from being woken up early in the morning

    "Oh, when I was a kid...oh, how magic it seemed"
    This refers to the feeling of thick anticipation all children get on Christmas morning. Any young child would be up bright and early on Christmas morning, but not at his age.

    "Oh, please let me sleep, it's Christmas time"
    I'm not a kid anymore, I'd rather sleep on Christmas morning, as opposed to being excited and waking up early.

    "Flowered winds was where I lived"
    An ambiguous reference to where he lived when he was a kid, it wasn't as cold as it is in Seattle, the winds bore a soft, flower-like feeling, rather than a coldness.

    "Thought you burned, not froze for your sins"
    To me, this is saying 'It's too damned cold here! I'm sorry for whatever it was I did wrong, just make it not so god damn cold!'

    "Oh, I'm so tired, and cold"
    As I said, it's Christmas morning, I'm freezing my ass off, and I just want to sleep some more.

    "Oh, when I was a kid...oh, how magic it seemed"
    Same as above

    "Oh, please let me sleep it's Christmas time"
    Same as above

    "Oh...oh, when I, if I was a kid...oh, how magic it seemed"
    Same as above, pretty much

    "Oh, please let me dream, it's Christmas time"
    This is saying, 'Leave me to my sleep, I want to take part in dreams of my childhood, and how much more magical Christmas was for me back then.'

    All in all, easily one of my favorite PJ songs. I can't wait to play this song when I wake up on Christmas morning this year. :)
    Pearl_Jamon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI always had the same impression that the last poster gave, that the song is about a homeless person. It also always makes me think of the worst episode of My So-Called Life, where homeless Juliana Hatfield is actually the angel/ghost of a girl who froze to death. Luckily, this song is much better than that episode.
    LizzieBoredomon November 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, PJ has a thing for writing songs about homeless people (Even Flow is another probably).
    armanon November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinetly agree about the homeless person (or drifter) theory. Another great PJ x-mas song is "Someday At Christmas". Check it out this holiday season.
    Foundation4lifeon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis really one of the saddest pj songs... it is great

    i agree with the interpretations here
    richie8092on June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always try to get the local radio stations to play this around the holidays instead of thew usual junk they play. It's a hidden treasure of a song. Beautiful.
    kgvausaon February 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI find myself, here, listening to this song in the middle of August.

    Long live Pearl Jam! :D
    Tig45on August 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI got Lost Dogs for Christmas last year from my parents. I'd been a Pearl Jam fanatic for a while but it was the first physical PJ album I ever owned. Last fall and winter I was, for some reason, in and out of depression... school, friends, family, being cooped up in the house...
    it was also around this time that I discovered a lot of Pearl Jam, as well as Alice in Chains and Soundgarden and Nirvana. I drowned my troubles in music. This song makes me think of last fall and winter and how I got through it thanks to my now favorite bands, and how much the world changes as we grow. How magic Christmas seems when I was a kid (I'm gonna be 16 this winter) and how gloomy it can be now. Thank to Pearl Jam, I was able to cope with trading magic for fact, no trade backs (I'm open...) and be okay with it.
    And when times get tough, to quote another PJ song, always remember... no matter how cold the winter, there's a spring time ahead :D
    Tig45on September 16, 2011   Link

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