"Falling Down" as written by and Michael Wayne Atha Don Nix....
oh something to remember me by
oh something to place in your hand
oh something so you will feel all grown up when you call my name
oh, i'm falling down, down...
i'm falling...
i don't know when i'll be up
before your call, please remember
frozen like stone, yeah
he'll be flesh and blood
i'll be gone
oh just a memory passing like pages in a book
i'm falling down...
i'm falling...
i'm falling...
don't know if i'll get up
you're a boy...
you're a boy...
you're a boy...
i know why you'll be...
can't guess your side
oh no, the cry of a newborn child
can't feel the heat
of something fresh coming
can somebody hide me
i cannot apolo...
i cannot apolo...
i cannot apologize

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    General CommentI'm a little sad that this is the first comment on this poignant song. I think it could have been the best Pearl Jam song of all. It was only played once, live at Red Rocks 6-20-95 if I'm not mistaken. The song isn't lacking in lyrical quality, or musical quality, so one is left the impression that it was not added to an album or played again because of the extreme personal content.

    This song is also known as Fallen Down, and isn't the best sound quality on the majority of the bootlegs you'd find it. I haven't seen anything in print on this song's meaning, but my understanding over the time is it about the death of Eddie Vedder's child.

    I don't know if it was his wife Beth, but it's been hinted in the past that he wrote this song for the child he never knew due to an abortion. Although they ended the child's conception on their own accord, it does of course inevitably hit you hard. This perhaps was the emotional outpouring some odd years later.

    Read the lyrics, and draw the parallels.
    stephiphanyon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'd make a few changes to the lyrics, btw, most noticeably, instead of "oh no, the cry of a newborn child" I think "or know" fits better.
    stephiphanyon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMcCready is all over this one,... It's kinda reminiscent of "river of deceit" by mad season,....

    It's a beautiful song,... from the No Code sessions,... I can't believe I only heard it last night,...

    Amazing,... It's a shame there is no public studio version
    N0 C0DE 79on May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEddie and Beth never had an abortion, or rather, it's not known that they have. This song is typical of Eddie's lyrical improvs, although it's probably one of the best.
    Tig45on March 05, 2013   Link

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