Behind her eyes there's curtains
But they've been closed to hide the flames

She know's there future's burning
But she can smile just the same

And though her mood is fine today
There's a fear they'll soon be parting ways

Standing like a statue
A chin of stone a heart of clay

And though he's to big a man to say
There's a fear they'll soon be parting ways

Drifting away...Drifting away...Drifting away...Drifting away...Drifting away...
Drifting away...Drifting away...Drifting away...Drifting away...Drifting away...

Lyrics submitted by Trent

"Parting Ways" as written by Eddie Vedder

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    General CommentTwo people who are in love and wish they could stay in love forever, but something inside makes them think that it won't last. Perhaps it is some twist of fate beyond their control that will keep them apart, and they live in fear that they may not be able to overcome this obstacle.
    percepteson April 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmost collections in art are in three's,as in a trinity, or trilogy like the mamasan trilogy (alive,once,footsteps).. i believe this song is the third part in the daughter/rearviewmirror sequence.. in the albumn sleeve of binaural , with the lyrics to parting ways is a bleeding violin.. tying in with the violins from daughter... daughter is about being abused, rearview mirror is about escaping the abuse..and parting ways is about the girl, grown up...she is unable to form, or at least keep, intimate relationship because of the abuse she endured as a child,(thus creating curtains to hide the flames, like creating a wall) "touring band 2000" eddie says the song is "about a lot of things"..i think the other thing this song ties into is his relationship with beth..i dont know the specifics there, but i'm pretty sure they divorced..or parted ways..around the time the song was written....this truly is an amazing song...
    dimitrion June 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHonestly, in light of Vedders real life seperation from his wife, I think this was a song written about the fact they both knew their relationship was disolving, as much as they wished it wasnt, it was maybe damaged in a unrepairable way. Vedder had been with Beth for SO long, it had to be very hard for them both.
    Heatherondoon August 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe way Eddie Harmonizes with April Cameron's Viola during the conclusion of the song sends chills up my spine, It gets so good that eventually you have trouble differentiating Eddie's voice from the viola...

    I think that Eddie knew he and Beth were having problems and that there was a chance they would be beyond repair....

    this song is just his way of expressing his anxiety or dispair... he does it wonderfullly...

    If you have never listened to this song....

    DO SO!
    New album in 06 =)
    N0 C0DE 79on January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was written in 1996, Ed and Beth were together until 2001 or 2002, so it's not about his marriage. It's a song about an slow, inevitable death (probably not physical death).

    Amazing song, amazing lyrics.
    seba88argon September 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment^Yeah, but they were starting to have problems around the time ofd Binaural.
    Parting Ways, Thin Air, Light Years, and KINDA Breakerfall... all show this theme.
    Tig45on October 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIn other words, this song IS about relationships, namely... according to Eddie... being a relationship and silently knowing it may end soon.
    Tig45on October 29, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song scares the fuck outta me
    i listened to it once in a certain... state of mind... and when the first big guitar crash came i felt like i got the wind knocked out of me, and when the long symphonic outro with the violin came and Eddie started singing "drifting away,ayay" i slipped off into a dreamworld and felt myself die... i was in a fog for almost 24 hours and i get flashbacks when i listen to it.
    only Pearl Jam can be that powerful on your psyche, sober or not.
    best band ever, thank you ed :)
    Kentuckyclassicrockon December 28, 2011   Link

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