"Rise" as written by and Eddie Vedder....
Such is the way of the world
You can never know
Just where to put all your faith
And how will it grow

Gonna rise up
Burning black holes in dark memories
Gonna rise up
Turning mistakes into gold

Such is the passage of time
Too fast to fold
Suddenly swallowed by signs
Low and behold

Gonna rise up
Find my direction magnetically
Gonna rise up
Throw down my ace in the hole

Lyrics submitted by PureBrilliance, edited by Rerun5555

"Rise" as written by Eddie Vedder

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  • +5
    My InterpretationFirst of all, "Burning BLACK HOLES in dark memories". Burning back holes in dark memories makes no sense at all, and as I'm about to explain both of the versus are related to complete a metaphor that falls perfectly in to place only with the usage of "Black Holes", nothing else. It's not "Bringing back holes in dark memories" or any other variety of words. It is, without a doubt, "Burning black holes in dark memories."

    I am disappointed that all I see in this thread is explanations of the SONG meaning. That's not hard to discern for anyone who has seen the movie and listened to the song even once. What I thought this forum was for was to dig deeper and discover the lyrical meaning... I.E. the metaphor(s) the artist uses to get the message across.

    In this case, Eddie Vedder is using the analogy of a black hole as a link to one or potentially multiple other universes. A theory of the cosmos that's gaining more and more popularity is that there are actually multiple, arguably INFINITE universes existing side by side and the most logical connection between them would be through a gravitational singularity that causes space to curve so drastically that it begins to "swallow" everything around it and compress it in to an infinitely small space. This is what we have come to know as a black hole... the "Event Horizon" being the point at which the curvature of space is such that even light can not escape the gravitational pull, and is also swallowed in to the black hole. It stands to reason that if the gravitational singularity causes a black hole in THIS universe, then it's theoretically possibly that it conversely opens up in to another universe, or layer of space.

    Simply stated, a black hole is our only feasible route OUT of our universe and in to infinitely more universes with infinite possibilities, realities etc.

    So... back to the lyrical meaning. The main character in Into the Wild is running away from his life... yes, that's obvious. He is doing so because of all of the dark memories and damage that was done to him during his childhood. Therefore, Vedder chooses to say "Burning black holes in dark memories.." meaning that he is literally running as far away from those memories as he possibly can in his physical reality: the black hole metaphor representing the ultimate separation.

    The next verse says, "Such is the passage of time, too fast to fold.."

    Time passes because things are constantly changing. LIterally, we don't even have a measurement for the "smallest unit of time" because it passes so quickly that it's not possibly to freeze it, travel backward or forward through it... or as astrophysicists say "Fold the space-time continuum". <-- if you think about this visual it makes sense even to someone who doesn't understand it. If you were to travel back in time you would basically be folding the proverbial "timeline" back on itself, and at least in our brains current evolutionary stage, this is not possible.

    I see this second verse being the main character conceding to the fact that, "Alas, I can't change the past, I can only look forward to the future. There are no black holes here, so I have to do this on my own.."

    Then Vedder relates to the black hole metaphor again by saying, "Suddenly swallowed by signs, low and behold.."

    In this instance the highway signs become the proverbial black hole that begins to "swallow" the character and help begin his journey toward his event horizon, which is his full immersion.... here it comes.... ."INTO THE WILD". <-- Remember earlier I explained the event horizon... in this movie the event horizon would represent the point of no return. Not hard to pick out where THAT happens in this amazing movie.

    Eddie Vedder makes no reference to the event horizon in this song but I'm sure when he first watched the film, this term crossed his mind more than a time or two.

    I love this guy. haha.

    Hope you all enjoyed/learned something from this. In the future, like I said.. LYRIC meaning... not song meaning. Big difference folks!!
    jamesonbgon March 30, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentImo, this was the best song on the "into the wild" soundtrack. It really captured the theme of wanting to pick up, be in solitude, find yourself, and capture that elusive understanding of humanity.

    "such is the way of the world"
    "find my direction magnetically"

    Getting any empirical sense of direction is anoble human persuit.
    meridianfroston November 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMandolin power. Hell yeah!

    Amazingly motivating song about finding the power from within to rise up and overcome your obstacles.
    rog27on September 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line "Turning mistakes into gold" is so beautiful and poetic. I think the whole song's just saying you should stop looking back over what you've done, but rise up and move forward so that you can really treasure every moment.
    crayola_colourson April 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song.Makes me feel great.
    I love how this song is playing while he's saying.."I'm supertramp, you're superapple!"
    c.j.mon April 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is amazing, why only three comments? It's the best on the album!
    DJgifon March 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song on a great album. the bright mandolin and his strong voice carry a sound of reassurance and lend lease to a new, positve beginning. love it.
    frojabottaon August 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust an amazing and poetic song.

    Love the Mandolin.
    DigAponyon August 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt makes me want to stop and just listen to the lyrics and the mandolin. Amazing. When you think about the movie...Eddie Vedder is just a genius. Amazing!
    susan39on June 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"gonna rise up and find my direction magnetically"- rather ironic lyric as Chris McCandless, the person who is depicted in the movie Into The Wild, chose to throw away his compass and starve to death...
    justsomedudeon January 09, 2011   Link

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