Don't feel like home
Ease a little out
And all these words alone is nothing like a poem
Putting in, inputting in
Don't feel like methadone
A scratching voice all alone is nothing like your baritone

It's nothing as it seems
The little that he needs
It's home
The little that he sees
Is nothing he concedes
It's home

One uninvited chromosome
A blanket like the ozone

It's nothing as it seems
All that he needs
It's home
The little that he frees is nothing he believes

Saving up a sunny day
Something maybe two tone
Anything of his own
A chip off the corner stone
Who's kidding, rainy day
A one way ticket headstone
Occupations overthrown
Whisper through a megaphone

It's nothing as it seems
The little that he needs
It's home
The little that he sees
Is nothing he concedes, it's home

And all that he frees
A little bittersweet
It's home
It's nothing as it seems
The little that you see it's home

Lyrics submitted by Trent, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Nothing As It Seems" as written by Jeff Ament

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentDowns Syndome explanation speaks loudy to me. "A chip off the old cornerstone." I actually think this is a nice song about a mentally challenged kid who sees the world differently and needs very little to be happy.
    PJNedon May 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentoh, in reflection to eternaljam's theory, i figured out what the 'blanket like the ozone' is.

    forgive me if i'm wrong, but the ozone holds things in right? or protects them. well that uninvited chromozone is holding his true self in, or protecting it from everyone else.

    that could be it...
    marigold16on February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe sense that I get from this song is that it might have something to do with a gender identity crisis. I think the never-ending bleakness of the song hammers in the hopelessness. The "nothing as it seems" is that even though he may look one gender from the outside, he's really another on the inside. The "home" that he needs is feeling at home in his own body. The uninvited chromosome is the y in xy (male) where he should have been xx (female). The "blanket like the ozone" gives me impression of something very fragile, that if it goes neglected, will cause death. "Chip off the conerstone" - I take as a chip off the old block, (boy just like his dad), but with the gender identity conflict, on the inside he's quite different - "who kidding, rainy day, a one-way ticket headstone". "occupations overthrown" - this is tough, I see it as social constructions around gender - to be male you should act and think this way, if female, another - he wants those forces - "occupations", overthrown. The scratching voice, the whisper, inadaquate words, a complete and utter outsider, with no voice, no hope, "the little that he frees" is either "nothing he believes" or "a little bittersweet", again reinforcing the unachievable end. He doesn't want to be judged from his external appearance, like as iceberg where 90% of the mass is under water. , "the little that you's home."
    EternalJamon December 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPS:
    speaking of Floyd. Listen to this song then listen to "Comfortably Numb". This song makes a great sequel to "Numb". Rockstar gets hooked on drugs. "Home" can mean the career and fans he lost.

    Just a thought.
    Spotinthecloudson September 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think Downs or Homeless. I think about Klinefelter's Syndrome *extra chromosome*. I think about a male who feels he can never achieve masculinity, no matter what. And his self-abuse *heroin/methadone* is a product of this feeling of inadequacy according to societal norms. I don't read *home* as being back at a childhood place. I read it as a safeplace where no one can pass judgement on him. I guess that is more in alignment with the Gender Identity conflict theory. This is an incredible song with perplexing, yet moving lyrics.
    bobo77on May 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt first i thought this song was about Kurt Cobain. Silly, right? But i now know its about the bassit childhood. (Wikipedia).
    okcancelon September 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a great song... pearl jam always was my favorite band.
    chikitoon August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have a very strong feeling that this song is about someone who has seeked help for a drug addiction. he goes to a clinic and feels homesick. "putting in imputting in dont feel like methadone". the part that speaks the most is "who's kidding? rainy day, a one way ticket headstone. occupation's overthrown. a whisper through a megaphone". this says that he is in so much pain, and screaming within, but nobody understands or hears him. he's lost everything and is left with nothing but a second chance.
    SwornToTheBlackon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI like SwornToTheBlack's idea about this song, but I don't see how the line "One uninvited chromosome, a blanket like the ozone" fits in. I love that line, though, I'm trying to figure out what it means in context. Someone help me out!
    paranoidandroidheadon September 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"One uninvited chromosome"
    I know that mentally retarted people have one extra chromosome...and when you read the song over again it may have new meaning.
    just my opinion
    justiceforall303on March 11, 2003   Link

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