The song, Jeremy, is about a lonely & troubled young man getting bullied. In his entire life, no one loved or supported him. He goes to school the next day, & walks up to stand...
At home drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V

Dead lay in pools of maroon below
Daddy didn't give attention
Oh, to the fact that mommy didn't care
King Jeremy the wicked
Oh, ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Clearly I remember
Pickin' on the boy

Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed the lion
Gnashed his teeth and bit the recessed lady's breast

How could I forget
And he hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting

Dropped wide open
Just like the day
Oh like the day I heard
Daddy didn't give affection

And the boy was something that mommy wouldn't wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Try to forget this (try to forget this)
Try to erase this (try to erase this)
From the blackboard

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in
Spoke in
Jeremy spoke in
Spoke in
Jeremy spoke in class today

Uh uh uh uh (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
(Spoke in)
Uh uh uh uh (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
Whoa oh (spoke in)
(Spoke in, spoke in)
Whoa oh (spoke in)
Whoa oh (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
Ah ah ah yeah
Ah ah ah ah (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
Yeah yeah ah ah ah (spoke in, spoke in, spoke in)
Ah ah ah ah ah


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by hellZEN

"Jeremy" as written by Jeff Ament Eddie Vedder

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    Memoryyeah, I kind of agree, sandlansd. That might be the way it comes across in the video but the lyrics definitely imply that Jeremy has made his mark.

    I really identified with this song when I was 13 or 14--I'm 20 now, and can hardly remember what it felt like to be so powerless. I was made fun of constantly in school and created my own imaginary world. I would get really angry and miserable about the way people treated me at school, but other kids had so little respect for me that they always saw my reactions as funny. I would imagine hurting people a lot because I desperately wanted them to recognize that I mattered. That's what I think of when I hear the lyrics "Try to forget this, try to erase this from the blackboard." Jeremy finally has an emotional impact on his school, by killing himself. The little scene recounted by the narrator also goes with this--the kid who is seen as "harmless," easy to victimize, erupts with rage and manages to hurt people. The big accomplishment is just making a mark rather than being seen as impotent.

    If anyone who is in high school or middle school feels like this, don't be hopeless. Life gets so much better you won't believe it.
    mockingsmileon December 29, 2008   Link

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