I had a false belief
I thought I came here to stay
We're all just visiting
All just breaking like waves
The oceans made me but who came up with love?
Push me pull me push me or pull me out
Push me pull me or pull me out {2X}

So if there were no angels would there be no sin?
You better stop me before I begin
But let me say: if I behave can you arrange a spacious hole in the ground
Somewhere nice make it nice
Where the land meets high tide
Push me, pull me, or pull me out
Push me, pull me? {2X}

Like a cloud dropping rain
I'm discarding all thought
I'll dry up, leaving puddles on the ground
I'm like an opening band for the sun
Push me, pull me {6X}
I've had enough, said enough, felt enough, I'm fine, still in it?

Lyrics submitted by Trent

"Push Me Pull Me" as written by Michael Gough

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • 0
    General Commentthis is an awesome song and shows that vedder is a damn good poet. reminds me of something at some coffeeshop with bongos and shit. the meaning of it is pretty self explanatory.
    bodegason July 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is existencialism at its very essence.
    I really identify myself with these lyrics because they perfectly represent my innermost conceptualization of life: a brief travel through universe. "We're all just visiting... all just breaking like waves".
    On these few verses Pearl Jam makes a very strong statement of the futility of life, from the point of view of being impossible to avoid our final destiny of emptiness and forgetfulness.

    I also feel like an opening band for the sun...
    Alienoon November 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti liken this to the doors very poetic
    aicdirt27on January 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits about death nothing else
    i love JFon June 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is how are time on the earth is just a visit weather long or short. It could be Eddie Vedders concept of afterlife. It sounds like a mix of Nick Cave and a little U2.
    Unknown Ledgendon October 30, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationIt actually sounds a lot like the migration experience. Migrants are said to have 'push' factors that make them want to leave their native country and/or 'pull' factors that attract them to the new one. Also, there's 'migrant syndrome', where some people keep moving back and forth between countries as they get the whole 'grass is always greener' sensibility. A lot of the lines seem to correlate with this stuff pretty well -

    'If I behave can you arrange a spacious hole in the ground?'
    'I've had enough, said enough, felt enough, I'm fine now.
    Push me pull me. See ya later... '
    'Where the land meets high tide.'
    'I had a false belief. I thought I came here to stay.
    We're all just visiting. All just breaking like waves.'
    GotMeNowon October 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song

    This song has two meanings for me - life/death...and migration/travel/living abroad
    daddioon January 08, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song kind of reminds me of Nine Inch Nails. I never thought I'd say that about Pearl Jam. BTW that's not a good thing IMO.
    HockeyJoeon September 20, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentUghh, people overthink shit waaay too much. This song is about life and death.
    Tig45on April 16, 2011   Link

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