I'm ahead, I'm a man
I'm the first mammal to wear pants, yeah
I'm at peace with my lust
I can kill 'cause in god I trust, yeah
It's evolution, baby, yeah

I'm at peace, I'm the man
Buying stocks on the day of the crash, yeah
On the loose, I'm a truck
All the rolling hills, I'll flatten 'em out, yeah
It's herd behavior, uh huh
It's evolution, baby, good

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, he's my clone
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
This land is mine, this land is free
I'll do what I want but irresponsibly
It's evolution, baby, uh

I'm a thief, I'm a liar
There's my church, I sing in the choir

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, admire my clones
'Cause we know, appetite for a nightly feast
Those ignorant Indians got nothin' on me
Nothin', why?
Because it's evolution, baby

I am ahead, I am advanced
I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah
I crawled the earth, but now I'm higher
2010, watch it go to fire
It's evolution, baby, ugh
It's evolution, baby
Ah, do the evolution
Come on, come on, come on

Lyrics submitted by Trent, edited by Mellow_Harsher, Shoggoth1890, lhooq27, gball17

Do the Evolution Lyrics as written by Stone Gossard Eddie Vedder

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    If it is true that this song is based upon the book 'Ismael', then I can definitely see how both the lyrics and the video is shaped. Let me clarify what the book is about, philosphically speaking, and how it relats to the song. This letter is a bit long, so bear with me.

    A long time ago, humans did live on Earth amongst nature. Life was simple and humans lived just as simple (eating what they found, not taking more than what they needed). Then, one day, a tribe suddenly thought up the idea of "locking up the food" (storing food away for future). It worked in cases of food shortages, but it also inspired massive population growth. To support this population, more food had to be gathered and grown, which started both concepts: the divisions of labor (large groups of people working for a few appointed leaders) and manifest destiny (conquering other tribes, the land and animals). This very cycle not only broke the natural order of the world, but it also created in humans the very thoughts and feelings that, itstead of the humans being created for the world, it is the world that is created for the humans. And here we are, thousands of years later, with a world that is now the very reflection of man's desire to conquer it. All things of nature (trees, animals, etc.) are more and more rapidly being devoured and/or destroyed, the population of humans is spiraling out of control and man's continued willful ignorance of our present culture continues to wreck havoc, especially amongst ourselves (the most current is now the war on terror). Unless we change the course of man's culture of conquering and destroying, the planet would simply cease to become a habitable place to live and we would die along with everything else we consider to inferior to us.

    What is interesting to note about this book is: 1) There does seem to be a religious aspect to it. Note Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden because they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Man now knows how and decides to take his destiny in his hands and we get to determine which person (or plant, animal, etc.) gets to live or die. Unfortuanately, life is no longer simple and most of us have to struggle to simply exist. You will recall that of all the supposably noble missions and crusades we embarked on, there has never been 'A War on Homelessness' or a public knowledgement by our elected officials that our current culture has a devastating effect on people's ability to live, because to do so would interrupt the status quo. 2) Another religious aspect would the story of Cain and Abel. Remember when I use the words conquer and destroy to describe man's current relationship with the world? Imagine the tribe who discovered this new culture going around and telling people to give them their lands, adopt their culture, or simply move out or die. Those they did not listened them really did die out and, along with them, their knowledge about how to live in this world that worked. With this knowledge the conquerors had to discover new rules to live by that has not been tested by the test of time. Now look out your window and see the mess created from destroying our old ways of life. We are still bickering and fighting over far-overblown issues such as which religion is the right one, how exactly should people live, etc. (Please note I am not downing religion, but the fact that people don't recognize the conquer mentality that is manifested within the religion.) 3) Our current mentality reinforces that notion that we are the masters of this world and will not be held accountable for our actions. Note Azzathoth's debate with his neo-fundamentalist friend. She interpreted the argument of evolution as saying that our worth is the same as bacteria. Now imagine almost every single person on this planet saying the same thing and you'll indeed agree that we are in big trouble. 4) Last, but not least, note that the current conquerist culture depends upon us feeding it time and energy to keep it alive and people would continue to work for it as long as they need or want something. Suppose the food (or house, car, etc.) was no longer under lock and key, that it was free for the taking. Would we still work our lives away maintaining the current societal structure we are currently living in? Should we stop, would this conquerist mentality survive?

    It should be noted that both lyrics of the songs and the images of the video can grouped into three catorgories: 1) Our desire to rule the world and everything in it and to hell with the consquences. (This land is mine, This land is free, I'll do what I'll what, yet, irresponsibly.) 2) Our culture in action. (Nazi concentration camps and book burnings, Raping of our environment. 3) Our justification of our actions (I can kill 'cause in god I trust. I'm ahead, I'm advanced, I'm the first mammal to make plans.) 4) The consquences of our actions (Girl stepping on land mine, Nuclear destruction) Now, as far as the Woman in Black is concerned, I don't exactly know what she represents. I can only guess at being Death (because she is wearing all black) or Mother Culture (as described in the Ishmael book).

    While it should be noted that Eddie Veddor is known for his views (I read an article in which a good portion of audience left the concert during a performance because he criticzed Bush), this song wasn't about Bush until later (I remember watching the video on TRL in '99 or 2000 before I stopped watching MTV on a regular basis for the station's decisions on its music choices, but that's another issue for another day.) I'm no big fan of Bush, but I don't believe the blame should go entirely to him regarding today's troubles (The U.S. President, after all, is just the spokesperson of his party, cabinet, close friends and business ties, and campiagn contributors.)

    On a final note, regarding what will happen in 2010, I have two possible explanations: 1) It could be referring to the the projected year of in which all the rules are changed. About this time millions of baby boomers will began retiring, withdrawing billions of dollars from Social Security and Medicare. In just a few years, the social programs could become bankrupt and the government will have to start breaking its promises. They will either raise taxes on the current workforce to enormous proportions, thus receiving the wrath of its constiueints or by cutting off benefits of the elderly, which means skyrocketing prescription costs and only enough monetary funds to cover living expenses, if they're lucky. It wouldn't be unusual to see elderly people working past retirement age because they can't afford to quit. Either way, serious questions would be raised and, true to the form in which today's politics are conducted, the Democrats will blame the Republicans, the Republicans will blame the Democrats, and nobody involved will ever take the blame. Of course, people will start taking sides, but that won't really matter since neither party have really offered any real solutions and both have special interests groups who either caused or accelerated the problems. This, of course, will raise budget concerns since politcians are especially weak when it comes to telling the public the truth and ,still at this time, America is still heavily involved in Iraq. If America continues its out-of-control spending at this point, the very infrastructure of its economy will crumble. However, if it starts cutting down at this point, the consquences of making promises it knew it couldn't keep would catch to it. 2) It was never meant to mean anything, just sometime in the near future. It was meant to be abstract in the way the year 1984 was meant to be abstract. The year 2010 was chosed because it sounded good or because of the significance of the years that go by units of 10.

    I told you this would be long.

    discovery21on September 29, 2004   Link
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    this is a very sadly true song. my personal favorite thing about it is how he often used the "he's my clone" line against george w... i'm gonna go off on a rant here but you can say all the good things you want about him but he's a president who has raped the environment, who has allowed a war to continue in afghanistan long after al-qaieda might have been there and who is bombing iraq seemingly just for the hell of it, being as they're not doing anything they haven't been doing for the many years no one did anything about it. this is what ed is talking about... where society is headed... right off the goddamned edge of the abyss. vote nader if he runs again, if you care at all.

    5isa4letterwordon July 18, 2002   Link
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    I can't believe out of every single comment not one person mentioned how Eddie so brilliantly showed us the "evolution" of sound. The very first seconds of the song sounds like an angry crazed cave-man and coincidentally at the end Eddie lets out a roar of a "man" so powerful it will forever send chills down my spine. The sad part is I never really noticed the comparison until I listened to the song quite a few times. Eddie is a genius lyrically and musically, I'm sorry there are countless PJ songs that I can try to dissect and or give my impression but I felt inclined to mention this cause one day I just realized how clever and brilliant it was.......

    TomThumb681on February 05, 2012   Link
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    good one...i've also heard 'piss my pants'. A good song, almost humerous you could say, but has a really good guitar solo.

    lookn_2b_inspiredon May 01, 2002   Link
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    LiveUrLife obviously knows shit. The fact that someone hates you doesn't give you the right to bomb them. Also, America supports terrorism but we don't count it or talk about it unless it's directed towards white people, because that's all that really matters, right? America should get bombed into oblivion. Screw America, and screw you LiveUrLife.

    JxVirgoon September 23, 2002   Link
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    Hello does anyoe know who Put Al-Queda in Afghanistan, the PHllipean dictator ,who diverted UN money to personal swiss bank accounts and now lives in Hawaii as a millionaire, the African Genocides amongst tribes. THe cause of Terrorism. THe answer to all is America. America claims to eb agreat country but only because they hide the truth from public eyes. They have done a lot more eveil than good in this word. And as for Bush he would destroy al wildlife if possible. HE cut funds from the EPA and other groups, His list of enviromental screw ups is limitless. As for the song its great and has such great lyrics.

    l0ki86on May 03, 2003   Link
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    Okay, let's all just settle down a bit here. These are interesting lyrics from the point of view that "A person is brilliant, but people are stupid." I love PJ, but I occasionally tire of their flamingly liberal views. Study your history books all the way back to the days of the Roman Empire. You will be thankful that Gee Dub is your political representative when you learn about the insane exploits of Nero and Caligula. You'll also discover that the human race is jealous, greedy, and war-prone by nature. It has always been, and will always be that way. Enjoy the fact that your few years on this spinning ball of dirt will be spent free from opression and torture. Support nothing. Beware of believing too strongly in anything.

    koatison May 08, 2003   Link
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    my interpretation:

    koatis seems to think that evolution has stopped, i.e. "just be happy where we are" - ironically, this is the very attitude that vedder is railing against in this song.

    It's about how foolish and arrogant modern man is, thinking we're so advanced, but look at us, we're not - we kill each other, we only care about money and material goods, and what other people think of us (see lyrics) - not very enlightened goals.

    If some of us can NOT be greedy, jealous, and war-prone, but rather giving, accepting, and peaceful, then all of us can. But most are too lazy to try. This is what Evolution is supposed to be about - but as the song states, we don't get it - we think we're already evolved.

    evedeon June 13, 2003   Link
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    The whole political thing. . . I'm a pacifist. It would be nice if we didn't have countries and we just all lived in one world. Unity would be helpful. For all the people saying we need to bomb anywhere (whether it's America or Iraq). You are generalizing people. Bombing hurts innocent people on behalf of their leader. Those people do not deserve that.

    Also, presidents are useless. Don't blame it on bush lol. He just stands there, looks pretty(does a bad job of it), and says what his advisors tell him to.

    This song is pointing out the mistakes of all of you who said any specific place needed bombing.

    I personally do not believe in evolution (from cell to human anyway). I believe in more of an adaptive type evolution (Panda maybe not originally white or something). Guided evolution actually. I think vetter wasn't talking about physical evolution as much as an evolving society or mental evolution.

    I have spoken now I can shut up :D

    Valaroukoon June 26, 2003   Link
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    Ya exactly, people think they president makes all the decisions. All the president is, is like a spokes-person. You think they are gonna let one person make all those decisions? It's a group effort...

    Muzzyon June 30, 2003   Link

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