Pearl Jam — Unthought Known
Album: Backspacer
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 783
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Released: 2009
Length: 4:06
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All the thoughts you never see
You're always thinking
Brain is wired, brain is deep
Oh, are you sinking?

Feel the path of every day
Which road you taking?
Breathing hard, making hay
Yeah, this is living

Look for love and evidence
That you're worth keeping
Swallowed whole in negatives
It's so sad and sickening

Feel the air up above
A pool of blue sky
Fill the air up with love
Oh, black with starlight

Feel the sky blanket you
With gems and rhinestones
See the path cut by the moon
For you to walk on
For you to walk on

Nothing left, nothing left, nothing there, nothing left
Nothing left, nothing left, nothing there, nothing left
Nothing left, nothing left, nothing there, nothing left

See the path cut by the moon
For you to walk on
See the waves on distant shores
Awaiting your arrival

Dream the dreams of other men
You'll be no one's rival
Dream the dreams of others then
You will be no one's rival
You will be no one's rival

A distant time, a distant space
That's where we're living
A distant time, a distant place
So what you giving?
What you giving?
Comments (107)add comment
 daniel_rusk wrote:
Stop it please. Pearl Jam is over. The voice sucks! Always has. Stop the crying!

 
While I'm not asking BillG to stop playing Pearl Jam (or Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, etc) I totally agree with you....EV is one of my least favorite singers.  Heck, being a youngster (i.e. average grunge fan age at the time) in/from Seattle while Grunge happened meant I was a total musical outsider...cuz I never ever liked this grunge stuff. As I've gotten older, I still find very few grunge tracks I enjoy (one of them is the Soundgarden song getting played again with Cornell's recent death; Black Hole Sun) - so me rating this a 4 is actually kind of high (normally I'm in the 1-3 range for PJ tracks.)

Long Live RP...and the Skip and PSD features!


Again? So happy for not to be a PJ/EV hater! The DJ sure must be a fan.
Stop it please. Pearl Jam is over. The voice sucks! Always has. Stop the crying!
 passsion8 wrote:
I really don't want to piss off the pearl jam fans, but I have to share my opinion…
 
Eddie's voice always sounded to me like a little boy who's Willy was cold.


  Okay. . .


I really don't want to piss off the pearl jam fans, but I have to share my opinion…
 
Eddie's voice always sounded to me like a little boy who's Willy was cold.

So enjoyable
Thoughtful and very good, it builds until it is very good.  
Cannot be objective with Eddie...  rock n roll in its pure essence...
 misterbearbaby wrote:
This song is pathetic, but in an kind of endearing way- like watching my Uncle play the accordian.

 
I'd rather watch your Uncle than listen to this. 

Oh, and he's coming over to play your "pathetic but endearing" wake-up song at 5:00 am. For the rest of your life. {#Whipit} 
Brilliant powerful message Rock and Roll.
 Cynaera wrote:
The more I hear from this release, the more I want to buy it. Pearl Jam was a grunge-band, but they're breaking through that rigid stereotype with "Backspacer." In the past, I wouldn't have spent my hard-earned money on anything by them, but this one is changing my mind. It's more mature, less mainstream, and just more attractive to a dork like me. And - weirdness-factor - when I hear a song from this release, I want to WRITE. No, not letters, not journal entries, but actual writing. I have a bunch of unfinished stories, and for some strange reason, Pearl Jam's new stuff makes my fingers itch to write.

I've heard that it also makes some people want to rip off their own heads, but hey - to each his own.
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

Eddie Vedder has such great vibrato...  and wow can he jump octaves...  love it...
 
This song is pathetic, but in an kind of endearing way- like watching my Uncle play the accordian.
 blackjackshellac wrote:
Wow! This sucks.
 

Just curious.  What doesn't suck in your universe?

I happen to think this is a marvelous piece of rock and roll artistry.
Does the vocalist get that sound by physically shaking his Adam's Apple?
Wow! This sucks.
 Fourdawg wrote:

So were you mentioning "Spoon" or "Some might say spoon", which could also be a cool band name :P

 

There is no spoon
 sirdroseph wrote:


Solidarity brother!{#Cheers}
 
Again - still waiting for your OPINION on a better purely American "rock and roll band", a "better live rock and roll band," or a "rock and roll band with a better cadre of songwriters" and another rock band that is not named the Rolling Stones or U2 could sell out NYC arenas for 3 nights YEARS PAST THEIR PEAK RECORD SELLING TIME.

There's a handful of very good bands currently in their prime record selling exposure who are selling out arenas for 1 or 2 nights.
 Sjaaks wrote:


Come on!! Lady Gaga's concerts keep getting sold out, no matter what arena, but that doesn't mean it's really good now does it?

Personally i can easily think of a couple of live bands still touring today, but that's offtopic...

All the things you mention are a matter of taste, i can understand why you feel that way, but don't put it down as if you're talking about facts here, because Pearl Jam doesn't rank high in my book... And i'm guessing there are quite a few with me here on RP...
 

Solidarity brother!{#Cheers}
 
I'm right behind you on that Lemmoth. Pearl Jam is the last true rock and roll band!


lemmoth wrote:

Thanks for ur thoughtful response. Always loved REM. Getting very into Wilco. Should explore more Lobos.
 


Great song. The only Pearl Jam song I've ever liked
Thisong would be really great if it was just Eddie and a ukelele. Deep in the Mariana Trench. 
 bbryan wrote:

For your consideration:

Los Lobos
REM
Wilco (songwriting criteria is a bit weak on this one)
Some might say Spoon


 
lemmoth wrote:



So - name a better purely American rock and roll band .

Name a group with five strong songwriters.

Name a better live band still touring today

What other rock band that is not named the Rolling Stones or U2 could sell out NYC arenas for 3 nights years past their peak record selling time.
 


 


Thanks for ur thoughtful response. Always loved REM. Getting very into Wilco. Should explore more Lobos.
 bbryan wrote:

For your consideration:

Los Lobos
REM
Wilco (songwriting criteria is a bit weak on this one)
Some might say Spoon

 
So were you mentioning "Spoon" or "Some might say spoon", which could also be a cool band name :P

For your consideration:

Los Lobos
REM
Wilco (songwriting criteria is a bit weak on this one)
Some might say Spoon


 
lemmoth wrote:



So - name a better purely American rock and roll band .

Name a group with five strong songwriters.

Name a better live band still touring today

What other rock band that is not named the Rolling Stones or U2 could sell out NYC arenas for 3 nights years past their peak record selling time.
 


terribly uninspired & boring song
In response to the previous comment - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  Nothing against Pearl Jam, I think they're great too.
  lemmoth wrote:

So - name a better purely American rock and roll band .

Name a group with five strong songwriters.

Name a better live band still touring today

What other rock band that is not named the Rolling Stones or U2 could sell out NYC arenas for 3 nights years past their peak record selling time.
Sjaaks wrote:


Come on!! Lady Gaga's concerts keep getting sold out, no matter what arena, but that doesn't mean it's really good now does it?

Personally i can easily think of a couple of live bands still touring today, but that's offtopic...

All the things you mention are a matter of taste, i can understand why you feel that way, but don't put it down as if you're talking about facts here, because Pearl Jam doesn't rank high in my book... And i'm guessing there are quite a few with me here on RP...
 
So -still waiting for your opinions - other than an opinion on Lady Gaga - who -SOB is right is very talented.

What I am saying is there is a reason for the fanatacial loyalty of us PJ fans, and at the heart of our relationship is the music.

Brilliant tune, great structure, powerful parformance.
 djholechek wrote:
Dir dir dirr, dir dirrr oh YWA
  again:

NO dir dirr!


Dir dir dirr, dir dirrr oh YWA
Great song plus they're not being too angsty.
bla bla bla bla bla.....

if u dont like it fuck off!
if u like it good for you!

 LongGoneDaddy wrote:


i agree as well, although even that is too generous.
 
Heh...  My number 2s are often generous, though rarely solid.
But about the song... 
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
A solid 2!
 
Agreed, a solid number 2. 
(giggle) 
 unclelonghair wrote:
Every now and then I have a fit of giggles over all of the people saying the name of this band, and all of the billboards it's been, um, pasted on, when they probably never stopped to think about what it means.
 
I have to admit...  I was 30-something when the band came on the scene, yet I didn't get the reference until I watched "Weeds".
Gross! 
A solid 2!
Every now and then I have a fit of giggles over all of the people saying the name of this band, and all of the billboards it's been, um, pasted on, when they probably never stopped to think about what it means.
I like this song, but I'm getting a bit sick of hearing it so often.

SAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDD SHHHHHHHIIIIIITTTTTT !  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
 Sjaaks wrote:


Come on!! Lady Gaga's concerts keep getting sold out, no matter what arena, but that doesn't mean it's really good now does it?

 

Ms. Gaga is a very intelligent woman. And she is very talented. As is PJ. Good music both.
 johnjconn wrote:
Best song on this cd.   

 

I'm with you but that whole sheep into the fan thing...hehehe
Best song on this cd.   

 sirdroseph wrote:
just sung by a sheep into a fan.
 

HAHAHAHA {#Roflol}
You know the sad part is that this is actually a good song with a good melody...................just sung by a sheep into a fan.
i can't believe i'm going to say this.

i kind of like it. 
 I'm completely OVER hearing Eddie sing every five minutes.  New stuff, old stuff, stuff from "Into the Wild"...  good lord, will it never end?
 DeemerDave wrote:


Foo Fighters are better than these guys. It has taken ten years for them to write their first ballad. Pearl Jam are often good, but are mostly one dimensional.
 
no way!! I love foo fighters, don't get me wrong. But their lyrics are often very repetitive. {#Beat}  They don't hold a candle to PJ.

 lemmoth wrote:


So - name a better purely American rock and roll band .

Name a group with five strong songwriters.

Name a better live band still touring today

What other rock band that is not named the Rolling Stones or U2 could sell out NYC arenas for 3 nights years past their peak record selling time.
 

Come on!! Lady Gaga's concerts keep getting sold out, no matter what arena, but that doesn't mean it's really good now does it?

Personally i can easily think of a couple of live bands still touring today, but that's offtopic...

All the things you mention are a matter of taste, i can understand why you feel that way, but don't put it down as if you're talking about facts here, because Pearl Jam doesn't rank high in my book... And i'm guessing there are quite a few with me here on RP...
 lemmoth wrote:

Love the Foos. Dave is a brilliant songwriter, musician, drummer and a good frontman.
Full body of work can't stack up to PJ.

If you didn't think Black (1991) was a "power ballad" than I'm not sure of your definition.

Just check out their hits collection - their rock side versus their mid-tempo/ballad side - and the odds and ends collection "Lost Dogs" for variety.

 
totally agree with the pearl jam part, there is no freakin comparison (in fact the foos only have a few tunes that i do like) {#Yes}


NYT Review of 5-22-10 MSG

His barrel-chested baritone still radiates masculine sincerity, along with the traces of self-doubt or indignation that his songs often require.