Song of the Day #4,458: ‘Alive’ – Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam is the first of two 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees who made it during their first year of eligibility.

Regardless of your opinion of grunge — I’m generally not a fan — it’s hard to argue with Pearl Jam making it into the Hall on the first ballot. They are pioneers in one of the last major movements in rock-n-roll history. Along with Nirvana (first ballot inductees in 2014), they defined the grunge era for a whole generation of bands.

Unlike Nirvana, Pearl Jam’s contribution has been ongoing. The band has remained together 28 years on, and released their 11th studio album just this year.

They also have a live following that rivals the Deadheads and have dozens of official and unofficial live recordings to complement their studio output.

Pearl Jam has sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, and all but two of their albums have reached at least Gold status in the United States. Their most popular album remains their debut, Ten, which has gone 13X Platinum in the U.S. without ever hitting Billboard’s top spot. They did have five #1 albums after that, however.

My own Pearl Jam exposure came from their first few albums. I gave Ten and Vs. (their sophomore effort) a fair amount of playing time in the early 90s. But I have long admired Eddie Vedder and the band from afar.

[Verse 1]
“Son,” she said, “have I got a little story for you
What you thought was your daddy was nothing but a…
While you were sittin’ home alone at age thirteen
Your real daddy was dyin’
Sorry you didn’t see him, but I’m glad we talked”

[Chorus]
Oh, I, oh I’m still alive
Hey, I, oh I’m still alive
Hey, I, oh I’m still alive
Hey, oh

[Verse 2]
While she walks slowly across a young man’s room
She said, “I’m ready for you”
Why I can’t remember anything to this very day
‘Cept the look, the look
Oh, you know where, now I can’t see I just stare

[Chorus]
I, I’m still alive
Hey, I, oh, I’m still alive
Hey, I, oh, I’m still alive
Hey, I, oh, I’m still alive, yeah
Ooh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, ooh

[Verse 3]
“Is something wrong”, she said, of course there is
“You’re still alive,” she said, oh, and do I deserve to be?
Is that the question?
And if so, if so who answers?
Who answers?

[Chorus]
I, oh I’m still alive
Hey, I, oh I’m still alive
Yeah, I, oh I’m still alive
Yeah, I
Ooh, I’m still alive!
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!

[Guitar Solo]
Ooh yeah, ooh ooh
Ooh yeah, yeah yeah yeah

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,458: ‘Alive’ – Pearl Jam

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    My feelings on Pearl Jam, and grunge generally, are similar to yours. I appreciate Pearl Jam, but don’t really like the music.

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