"Times Of Trouble" as written by Stone C. Gossard and Christopher J. Cornell....
When the spoon is hot
And the needle's sharp
And you drift away
Oh oh I can hear you say
That the world in black
Is upon your back
And your body shakes
So you ditch away
And you close the shades

Don't try to do it
Don't try to kill your time
Oh oh
Yeah, yeah you might do it
Then you can't change your mind
You've got a hold on to your time
Till your break through these Times of
Trouble

When you try to talk
And the words get hard
And they put you down
Don't you stay
Don't you ditch away

I saw you swinging
Yeah swinging your mother's sword, oh
Yeah, yeah I know you're playing
Sometimes the rules get hard, oh
But if somebody left you out on a ledge
If somebody pushed you over the edge
You got to hold on to your time till you break
Through these times of
Trouble

I saw you swinging
Yeah, swinging your mother's sword oh
Yeah yeah I know you're playing
Sometimes the rules get harder oh oh
But if somebody left you out on a ledge
If somebody pushed you over the edge
If somebody loved you and left you for dead
You got to hold on to your time till you break
Through these times of
Trouble


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    General Commentthis song was meant to maybe make us see the light at the end of the tunnel. the lyrics explain that no matter how terribly low you've sank, that time will heal you. chris basically says "Don't do what Andy did. Don't fall into the trap of heroin. Don't loose hope, and don't fall short of your full potential". the part of the song that speaks to me the most is " i somebody left you out on a ledge and if somebody pushed you over the edge, and if somebody LOVED YOU AND LEFT YOU FOR DEAD, youve gotta hold on to your time till you break through these times of trouble". don't forget what they've done is what he's trying to say, but move on and learn.
    SwornToTheBlackon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentStone Gossard had the riff that became both Times of Trouble and Footsteps (Pearl Jam). Stone gave the demo of the riff to both Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder at the same time. The tune and lyrics that Vedder put to the song became Pearl Jam's Footsteps and Cornell's became Times of Trouble.
    here_in_my_treeon December 14, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is amazing and just recently, being a huge pj fan(look at all my posts)have finally accepted tht this is better than footsteps(although also very powerfull as the execution in the mamason trilogy)

    the last five lines is the best part of the song

    chris cornell and eddie should do an albm together, tht would be amazing...you already see what both their voices in one song sounds like-hunger strike
    richie8092on April 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEveryone else basically summed up this song I just wanted to say that this one really stands out to me in the music and the emotion behind the lyrics. This is a really great group with some of the best talent on the grunge scene. It's too bad they had to form under such terrible circumstances.
    Tallbob88on April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe music from this song was used for Pearl Jam's song "Footsteps".
    datimon March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it s the other way around, firts there was footsteps, and the music of footsteps is used for this song. what's it about, abvious the death of andy wood.
    jacoon November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood to know, that's cool
    thekep1014on May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEveryone else basically summed up this song I just wanted to say that this one really stands out to me in the music and the emotion behind the lyrics. This is a really great group with some of the best talent on the grunge scene. It's too bad they had to form under such terrible circumstances.
    Tallbob88on April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEveryone else basically summed up this song I just wanted to say that this one really stands out to me in the music and the emotion behind the lyrics. This is a really great group with some of the best talent on the grunge scene. It's too bad they had to form under such terrible circumstances.
    Tallbob88on April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentVery powerful indeed... I like this song alot, and I find this to be a good song for the Gossard riff too.
    Given-To-Flyon June 29, 2006   Link

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