Exponentially serving
Perpetually unnerving
Vehicle swerving
The adjectives they are all a blurring
Freud walking the sidelines
Clipboard, score on the brain
Black magic viente why tres
Makes me sane
Hormones firing like a fifty foot roman, yeah
Please don't make me explain
Don't matter anyway
Phantom pain in my brain
It's all that's left of my leg
Black and red and yellow, black and red and yellow
Heard you repeat a what ya heard
Me knowing the truth I cannot concur na-na
Hormones firing like a fifty foot roman, yeah
Please don't make me explain
Doesn't matter anyway
Hormones firing like a fifty foot roman, yeah
Please don't make me explain
Yo bro tell us what's happenin' um I'm on the west
West side of, on the west coast
Give me a jingle uh when you get in
From where the fuck you're at
Hormones firing like a fifty foot roman, yeah
Please don't make me explain
Doesn't fucking matter anyway
Hormones firing like a fifty foot Roman, yeah
Please don't make me explain


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"Black, Red, Yellow" as written by Eddie Jerome Vedder

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  • +3
    General Commentaccording to dante, the devil has three faces, each of a different color: black, red, and yellow.
    richd-3on March 20, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDennis Rodman is on the answering machine in the middle of this song when it says "Yo bro. Tell us what's happenin'. Um, I'm on the west, west side of, on the west coast. Give me a jingle, uh, when you get in from where the fuck you're at." Rodman is a huge Pearl Jam fan.

    Stephen_Flowon October 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think eddie vedder says fifty fott RODMAN not roman and why would it stand for a roman candle? i think this song is about a basketball game
    mattman?on August 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a great song. I can't stand Dennis Rodman but hey, at least he had good taste in music before he publicly announced that he liked Rascal Flatts better than PJ :/

    Anywho yeah, this song is so fast but so chill. It sounds like a Hendrix song. It's got groooove!! Definetaly not your typical Pearl Jam but another great gem from Lost Dogs.
    Tig45on January 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment Oh and this song actually refers to Rodman, im pretty sure it was made for him, or about him.
    Red - he played on the chicago bulls at the time
    Black- He is African American
    Yellow- Rodman is known for dying his hair different colors, yellow was one of them.
    Stephen_Flowon October 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey made this song for Rodman cuz Pearl Jam is like his favorite band. And maby to get back at number 10. HaHa.
    mysteryslugson January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song will make a lot more sense to you once you figure out it's sung about two things at once. There is the surface, and there is the subtext.
    ritualon February 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong is definitly about a basketball game...it's not "fifty foot roman", it's "fifty foot runner"..you know, like a half court shot. Cool song...sorta reminds me of the Who.
    soundjonon February 06, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. These lyrics are way off. "Black magic painted traits" should be "Black magic viente y tres", '23' in Spanish - as in Michael Jordan's jersey number. Jordan was the yin to Rodman's flamboyant yang.

    "Makes me sain" should be "makes me sane".

    "Phontom pain" should be "Phantom pain".

    "I can not concure" should be "concur".

    Ever heard of spell-check? Geez Louise.

    jerome230on December 21, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWell, I never thought that Rodman would be a Pearl Jam fan, but oh well...I don't really know if this song was made for him though...like, the verses have nothing to do with the guy...it's pretty confusing.

    Especially the "fifty foot Roman" part...WTF? lol...

    Pretty good song, a throwaway, yes, but it was made just for fun...
    ElderOblivionon September 03, 2006   Link

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