"Deep" as written by Stone C. Gossard, Jeffrey Allen Ament and Eddie Jerome Vedder....
On the edge windowsill
Ponders his maker, ponders his will
To the street below, he just ain't nothin'
But he's got a great view
And he sinks a needle deep

Can't touch the bottom
In too deep
Can't touch the bottom

On the edge of a know-nothing town
Feeling quite superior, the aged come
To the sky above, he just ain't nothin'
But he's got a great view
And he sinks a burning knife deep

Can't touch the bottom
In too deep
Can't touch the bottom
In too deep

On the edge of a Christmas clean love
Young virgin from heaven visiting
To the man above her
She just ain't nothing

And she doesn't like the view
She doesn't like the view
She doesn't like the view
But he sinks himself deep

Can't touch the bottom
In too deep
Can't touch the bottom
Can't touch the bottom, deep

Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by Pixeltender

"Deep" as written by Jeffrey Allen Ament Eddie Jerome Vedder

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  • +5
    Song MeaningI like what TremorGabe is saying.(Essay Time:D)
    I think it's about a guy who doesn't wanna be homosexual, he just is. He asks himself why this would happen to him while shooting up needle-drugs(there's more than one you know!), he then envies others for their heterosexuality to the point of killing them. The man then goes into denial, saying "I'm still straight!" and attempts to prove it to himself by raping a woman, his mental pain from not being heterosexual has "SENT HIM OFF THE DEEP END"
    The second verse is just about his envy, and thinking the people deserve to die(not literally narcissism, he just thinks the people have zero worth)and taking the job into his own hands.
    The third verse is a virgin hooker, she get's her services bought by the homosexual man. The man doesn't truely believe she means anything, he just want's to prove himself that he's straight. The woman "doesn't like the view" because SHE'S A HOOKER, it's her job, nothing more, nothing less.
    There is no fourth verse.
    The "they just ain't nothin'" part is Vedder saying the people around them couldn't care less about them.
    "But he's got a great view" Implies that this person likes what they are seeing/are enjoying themselves.
    Vedder says "can't touch the bottom" because there's no possible way to hit the bottom, emotionally, physically or mentally because there's only going deeper.

    I think I summed everything up.
    hope I didn't put you to sleep.
    halflife213on February 09, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song might ROCK the most out of all Pearl Jams songs. Its loud, strong vocal, great guitar and as always good beat. And the lyrics and meanings caps it off. Whenever I'm in the need to get psyched up and hype I put this in the stereo and play it as loud as I can.
    Tbone732on May 24, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"On the edge of a Christmas clean love"
    This girl(not an angel) has a pretty good life. Some suburbian brat. But she feels her father doesn't full love her("To the man above her, she just ain't nothin'".). Because she is a spoiled brat, she runs away to the city ("Young virgin from heaven...visiting Hell", heaven= small town/suburbs hell= city life) , so she trys to make it on her own and either ends up getting raped(by the dude mentioned above) or being a hooker ("But he sinks himself deep")

    That is all...
    TouchMyPeginaon March 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti was watching some video from just before ten was released on youtube and before the song started he said "Heroin got me where i am today." I believe this song is about Andy Wood to an extent
    spoonman7on April 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentobviously about heroin addiction
    Diabl02kon September 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Ben is way off on the angel thing.

    I don't think it's literal. The "man above her" is the dude raping her.

    The "edge of clean love" implies the girl is still very young, not even really having those innocent relationships we had in Junior High/High school, and she's losing her innocence.
    PeoplesArmyon February 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is going to keep it pretty simple. The song is about shitty aspects of our lives and how people choose to "cope" in a very unhealthy way. People's pain can run very deep.

    First verse: This is a drug addict who may know better - "ponders his maker, ponders his will" - he's trying to examine his behavior, but when he thinks about his relationship to society and feels like he is worthless, he might as well sink that needle in.

    Second verse: This could be about religious superiority. Old church-goers think they know best, but to God they are just peons so he laughs at their haughtiness, and sends down his retribution by means of a "burning knife".

    Third verse: This is about a girl who wants to think herself harder than she actually is. He doesn't say she IS Christmas clean love, but ALMOST. She gets herself in over her head with some guy (maybe a "john") but it's too late.
    Farbulouson October 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttbone obviously knows what he's talking about, this song is awesome. Just because it doesn't have sappy poetic lyrics doesnt mean eddie cant take great pride in it.
    teibeston March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is three parts to this song. The first part is about a drug addict pondering life as he takes an injection.
    Part two is a man who fells he is better then anyone so he feels quite superior. The line, the aged come makes me think of a girl coming of age. I am not sure if he is committing suicide with the knife or killing someone else. Maybe the knife is only figurative as he is putting someone down and making them feel bad.
    Part three is pretty disturbing as an angel comes down from heaven because she feels she is nothing to god, and ends up being raped. (As he sinks himself deep)
    Benplaceon June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy far one of the best PJ songs, not surprised Ten made it so big, partly due to this... I always thought it was about an alone drug-addict who is dragging himself lower and lower, that he can't pull himself out of it...
    _vikkion January 14, 2005   Link

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