Drifting, drifting, drifting away
I got myself a mansion, then I gave it away
It's not the world that's heavy, it's just the things that you save
And I'm drifting, drifting away
Drifting, drifting, drifting along
I rid myself of worries, and my worries were gone
I only run when I want to and I sleep like a dog
I'm drifting, drifting along
The suit coats say, "there is money to be made"
They get so excited, nothing gets in their way
My road it may be lonely just because it's not paved
It's good for drifting, drifting away
All the suit coats say, "there is money to be made"
They get so excited, nothing get's in their way
My road it may be lonely just because it's not paved
It's good for drifting, drifting away
Drifting, drifting, drifting, uh huh
I feel like going back there, but never for long
I sometimes wonder if they know that I'm gone
I'm drifting, drifting along
Drifting, drifting along, drifting, drifting along.

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"Drifting" as written by Eddie Jerome Vedder

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  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are pretty self-explanatory; it's about the simple life. This song is so light and carefree...I love the harmonica:)
    Reginaon December 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdrifting, drifting all away ... =)

    folks... that's the secret of a good life
    Germainon December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRunning away from a stressy life :)
    Bladmandon January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAm I the only one who associates this song wiht 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" ? The sentiments are identical.
    sbhojuon January 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe simplicity of this song makes it that much more fun to listen to.... the guitar in the begining is so carelessly played,

    the song is about them wanting to do their own thing as opposed to what the "suitcoats" ( Higher ups, producers, basically Corporate bullshitters ) wanted them to do.

    It's Them saying that even though they are this enormous band, they still got time to stop and do what they want......

    That even though not many people have journeyed their way ( My road may be lonely just because it's not paved) it suits them well because all they wanna do is drift....

    Pearl Jam is so Frigging amazing..... I can not wait for their new album coming out in 2005 hopefully:)
    Hopefully not 2006 :(
    N0 C0DE 79on July 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that everybody would like to "drift away" from their stress filled life and just say fuck it for once and do what they want to
    richie8092on January 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song, i'm actually not sure why but it makes me feel good, light and glad... The harmonica is beautiful....
    garalooon May 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlisten to the mansfield mass. 03 bootleg, it has a really good version of this song, along with a whole acoustic set
    richie8092on May 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have heard 2 versions of this song: the original from the 1999 Christmas single (entitled Driftin'), and recently the one found on Lost Dogs (called Drifting). I have to say that the original is much better. They are essentially the same song, but the original is just so much more relaxed, and the worst part is the lack of "damn" in the "they get so damn excited" part. In the Lost Dogs version he just draws out "so" and it sounds too unnatural. So I suggest you check out the original if the Lost Dogs version is the only version you have heard. It can be founds on a PJ related blog called "I am Fuel, You are Friends".
    HockeyJoeon April 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI sometimes wonder why there isin't a Tee-Pees R Us.
    pearljam68on March 11, 2010   Link

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