Pearl Jam — Given To Fly
Album: Yield
Avg rating:
7.4

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Total ratings: 1962
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Released: 1998
Length: 3:56
Plays (last 30 days): 3
He could have tuned in, tuned in, but he tuned out
A bad time, nothing could save him
Alone in a corridor waiting locked out
He got up out of there, ran for hundreds of miles
He made it to the ocean, had a smoke and tea
The wind rose up, set him down on his knee
Wave came crashing like a fist to the jaw,
Delivered him wings, "Hey, look at him now..."
Arms wide open with the sea as his floor
Oh – ah, ohhh...

He's - flying! Woah!
Flying! Wide! Oh...

He floated back down 'cause he wanted to share
His key to the locks on the chains, he saw everywhere
But first he was stripped, and then he was stabbed
By faceless men, well...fuckers, he still stands.
And he still gives his love, he just gives it away
The love he receives is the love that is saved
And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky
A human being that was given to fly

Flying! Woah...
High! Flying! Woah...
Flying! Woah...
Ohh, oahh...
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In my fantasies, I'm the drummer to this track. Fookin' masterpiece. 
 gubbin wrote:
Liking this.  De-emphasizes Plant's overdone vocal stylings, shows off the melody and drums.
(Yes, I know Andrew Wood would've killed this, too bad he's long dead. Fuck heroin.)

 
Plant?
Liking this.  De-emphasizes Plant's overdone vocal stylings, shows off the melody and drums.
(Yes, I know Andrew Wood would've killed this, too bad he's long dead. Fuck heroin.)
this song is awesome
funny story in New York Magazine this week: David Letterman’s Rock Hall Induction Speech for Pearl Jam Was the Best of the Night

 kcar wrote:

{#Yes}

I've heard only a few PJ songs that I've liked. Eddie's singing just grates. My loss. 

 
I feel that way about Silversun Pickups, Decembrists, post-'78 Stones, Alt J, Radiohead, a few others. Usually not Eddie, since the band overall is no slack, and is spectacular live. 
 jkhandy wrote:
Really need PSD option when listening to RP on my TV through Roku. Pearl Jam is awful.

 
{#Yes}

I've heard only a few PJ songs that I've liked. Eddie's singing just grates. My loss. 
Blows.  PSD to the rescue
my wife always drags me to Pearl Jam concerts and they're freakin' awesome
 jkhandy wrote:
Really need PSD option when listening to RP on my TV through Roku. Pearl Jam is awful.

 
What? {#Iamwithstupid}
Really need PSD option when listening to RP on my TV through Roku. Pearl Jam is awful.
I've faith your highness regina could have tuned in
HE'S FLYING!!!  FUCKIN' BLAST IT MAN YEAH!!!!  WOOO-HOO!  : )
An air drummer's spectacular special order. 
 Proclivities wrote:

Judging by the comments in a lot of tunes here on RP, half the people posting must aspire to be copyright attorneys.

 
No kidding. Reminds me of the people who try to hard with body piercings and art. Get over it and yourself and appreciate what you sir and ma'am can't produce. 
Enough Leonard Cohen and Amy Boozehouse on RP already!
 lemmoth wrote:
Worth moving up

See this review in the Trib - http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-10-08/entertainment/0510080183_1_zep-canon-eddie-vedder-katrina-victims - from which I quote:

"Pearl Jam emerged for its second encore past midnight and dedicated "Given to Fly" to Plant, a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment that the song mimics the chord sequence to Zeppelin's "Going to California." Plant than appeared from the wings with the two guitarists from his band to perform a luminous acoustic version of — what else? — "Going to California," while the members of Pearl Jam sat reverently at his feet."

 
Thanks for that.  Judging by the comments in a lot of tunes here on RP, half the people posting must aspire to be copyright attorneys.
Sounds like the Buddha 
FUCKIN' BLAST IT MAN YEAH!!!!  WOOO-HOO!  : )
Poor imitation, Eddie. Sucko barfo for that.
ii saw them in concert and this song reminds me a good feeling in there
 jeffhorwich wrote:
Enough Pearl Jam on RP already. PSD {#Wink}
 
how bout some stone temple pilots.. {#Mrgreen}
In that case {#Arrowd}, 9—>10!
Enough Pearl Jam on RP already. PSD {#Wink}
 {#Clap} {#Drummer}  me too! 

lemmoth wrote:
Magnificent......Love being among 25,000 voices screaming out "FLY"

 


Magnificent......Love being among 25,000 voices screaming out "FLY"
Yeah, growing on me, especially late at night.
I think I may have to investigate this band more deeply, perhaps a little late in the day, I know, but better than never! 
Noise.

To quote the first poster, here's hoping Cynaera is listening to this:

 


(In a hammock under my own vine and fig tree.)


I use my one and only 11 vote on this song.
 jim1964 wrote:

had it turned up so that my windows were ratteling.

 
cool man!  I cranked it to wake the neighbors (they're dooches), those drums have mystical powers!!!
Powerful and magnificent.
my favorite PJ song... I'll stop doing just about anything to listen and sing along.  {#Sunny}
 lemmoth wrote:
Worth moving up

See this review in the Trib - http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-10-08/entertainment/0510080183_1_zep-canon-eddie-vedder-katrina-victims - from which I quote:

"Pearl Jam emerged for its second encore past midnight and dedicated "Given to Fly" to Plant, a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment that the song mimics the chord sequence to Zeppelin's "Going to California." Plant than appeared from the wings with the two guitarists from his band to perform a luminous acoustic version of — what else? — "Going to California," while the members of Pearl Jam sat reverently at his feet."

  
I remember hearing that LZ had accused PJ of stealing elements of their songs (ironic, considering the songs/song credits on LZ's first two albums)... anyway,  this does not remind me of Going to Califirnia except that I like them both.
looking forward seeing them in three weeks in berlin, wuhlheide!{#Bananajam}
Worth moving up

See this review in the Trib - http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-10-08/entertainment/0510080183_1_zep-canon-eddie-vedder-katrina-victims - from which I quote:

"Pearl Jam emerged for its second encore past midnight and dedicated "Given to Fly" to Plant, a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment that the song mimics the chord sequence to Zeppelin's "Going to California." Plant than appeared from the wings with the two guitarists from his band to perform a luminous acoustic version of — what else? — "Going to California," while the members of Pearl Jam sat reverently at his feet."
Pretty close to perfect

 
8 -> 9 

 {#Bananajam}
Only 7.4 in average on Given To Fly??? Guys, that is sooooooo disappointing!
sweet drums.
 wintergaard wrote:
The only Pearl Jam song I like.

 
It's not your fault.
The only Pearl Jam song I like.
Inspiration.

This is a kick in the lazy ass man, this song bloody ROCKS my mind and spirit 
The video with the woman on stage signing, is one of the best live videos ever. I'm up and dancing in the kitchen!
This song is amazing live.  And on record.
MUTE
Sounds more like "Once" to me. 
 scrubbrush wrote:


Led Zeppelin's "Going to California"? or is there another one that actually sounds like this song?

 
Clearly influenced by and borrows some structure and chord progression from that great song.  Hardly mimics it.  Search for Robert Plant & Pearl Jam on you tube to see how these songs played out when they shared a bill. 
 scrubbrush wrote:


Led Zeppelin's "Going to California"? or is there another one that actually sounds like this song?

 
I don't know what you're hearing, but I don't hear only a hint of Going to California in this piece. In any case, it's no rip off. Perhaps you should write a song called Going to Name That Tune on The Way to the Ear Doctor. 
Stadium Rock bull....
 hayduke2 wrote:

glorious

Thank you!

so super when way loud 

 
had it turned up so that my windows were ratteling.