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Pearl Jam — Of the Girl
Album: Binaural
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Total ratings: 2105









Released: 2000
Length: 4:51
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Oh he deals em off, off the top, ties em off
Fills it up, with his past, gets carried away
Oh half his life, a hand me down, wasted away
Of he fills it up, with the love, of a girl
Oh he left it alone, drilled the pain, with money to buy
How he makes his getaway
How he makes his getaway
Oh he chose a path, heavy the fall, quarter to four
Fills his night, with the thought, of a girl
How he makes his getaway
How he makes his getaway
How he makes his getaway
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 DaidyBoy wrote:

This happens all the time.  I get an album, listen to it once, hand it back with a frown then trot back to RP.  I might as well just stay here and forget everything else...
 

Did you listen via headphones? Because the album has been recorded to be listened to via headphones. Thus it's name: Binaural.
Public Service Announcement: Please pay for RP. Send them $5 a month or MORE. I give and we should all do so. Nothing stays free. Support Radio Paradise. (I'm not paid to say this, just a fan, who pays for you to enjoy).
This record turned 20 this week. I was 20 when it came out. What a trip.
Yes nice guitar easy flow but  I am still frozen  here on the bus stop
Is that the Eye of Sauron? ;-)
 xkolibuul wrote:

I listened to the rest of the album, based on this superlative song.  It disappointed mightily.  As usual, RP finds the gems amid the slag.
 
This happens all the time.  I get an album, listen to it once, hand it back with a frown then trot back to RP.  I might as well just stay here and forget everything else...
 sfyi2001 wrote:
I can't feel my legs
 
I'd probably call someone.  There isn't much we can do to help ...
I can't feel my legs
Oh dear. Hope this isn't going to be one of those "Alexa, skip every last Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam song" kinda days. 
have been haunting this one live for a while now... oh well, one day...
 xkolibuul wrote:

I listened to the rest of the album, based on this superlative song.  It disappointed mightily.  As usual, RP finds the gems amid the slag.

 
SLAG BUSTERS
 hindsightseer wrote:
One of Pearl Jam's best albums!

 
I listened to the rest of the album, based on this superlative song.  It disappointed mightily.  As usual, RP finds the gems amid the slag.
heavy snow storm and I got this TCM Fred Astaire movie muted while Vedder sings, volume appropriately cranked
One of Pearl Jam's best albums!
How is that Eddie Vedder can smooth away my overloaded brain, making the rough, gnarly wall  I'm facing completely doable.?  He does.
 Ghiaap wrote:

Diddo

 
I have to agree...
 ncollingridge wrote:
Add me to the list of "Pearl Jam - meh", but "This track really rocks" people.

 
Eddie Vedder is maybe the part of PJ you really like. With good reason, I might add.
 boober wrote:
I hate Pearl Jam but dig this song!

 
Diddo
wicked tune
Take me out to the ballgame, Eddie!  Go Cubs!
Pearl Jam rides like the wind on this one, chris-crossing and stuff.
 
I second the guitar soundscapes - brilliant !
{#Whistle}
Add me to the list of "Pearl Jam - meh", but "This track really rocks" people.
I hate Pearl Jam but dig this song!
..not to mention doing a lot of hullabaloo-!..


 coloradojohn wrote:
Not the biggest PJ fan but wow, the guitars on this jammer REALLY cut some wicked soundscapes & surf some awesome waveforms!

 

Not the biggest PJ fan but wow, the guitars on this jammer REALLY cut some wicked soundscapes & surf some awesome waveforms!
 Reckoner978 wrote:

Definately the most underrated. Some of their best work is here - Nothing as it seems, Sleight of hand (those two are epic) , Light years.. all 10/10

 
agreed...huge fan of PJ...way more than the sum of it's parts.
 Reckoner978 wrote:

Definately the most underrated. Some of their best work is here - Nothing as it seems, Sleight of hand (those two are epic) , Light years.. all 10/10

 
A BIG fat "ditto"
 lemmoth wrote:

Smart move.  this album is full of quirky cool tunes like this one.  one of my top 3 PJ albums.

 
Definately the most underrated. Some of their best work is here - Nothing as it seems, Sleight of hand (those two are epic) , Light years.. all 10/10
 lemmoth wrote:
To all the "I hate Pearl Jam but dig this song" folks out there, Pearl Jam is not Ten and Versus.

They have been around and maintained a very large fan base because they are a collective of 3 brilliant songwriters and two other viruosos who also contribute to the writing.  Each of the 5 has different influences they bring to the table.  Each of them gets the time to stretch out and pursue other musical and art projects. 

They are not Eddie.  They are built on the foundation of Stone and Jeff who were writing separately and together many years before PJ.  They have a top ten lead guitarist in Mike and a top five rock drummer in Matt.  They are a band in the true sense.  Check em out.

 
{#Clap}

{#Group-hug}
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To all the "I hate Pearl Jam but dig this song" folks out there, Pearl Jam is not Ten and Versus.

They have been around and maintained a very large fan base because they are a collective of 3 brilliant songwriters and two other viruosos who also contribute to the writing.  Each of the 5 has different influences they bring to the table.  Each of them gets the time to stretch out and pursue other musical and art projects. 

They are not Eddie.  They are built on the foundation of Stone and Jeff who were writing separately and together many years before PJ.  They have a top ten lead guitarist in Mike and a top five rock drummer in Matt.  They are a band in the true sense.  Check em out.
 BBoyes wrote:
OK, this song was enough to make me buy the CD at Amazon. One-click ordering: blessing or curse?

 
Smart move.  this album is full of quirky cool tunes like this one.  one of my top 3 PJ albums.
OK, this song was enough to make me buy the CD at Amazon. One-click ordering: blessing or curse?
 Magikal1act wrote:
Awesome! Got the chills. Bluesy, sexy groove, like a road trip through the desert or the bayou, warm breezes, nothing but stars overhead and the headlights. 
 

ditto.......tis a good groove.
Pearl Jam forever! {#Guitarist}
Love PJ & Eddie and Radio Paradise <3{#Cheers}{#Yell}
Of The Girl lyrics

oh he deals em off, off the top, ties em off
fills it up, with his past, gets carried away
oh half his life, a hand me down, wasted away
of he fills it up, with the love, of a girl
oh he left it alone, drilled the pain, with money to buy
how he makes his getaway
how he makes his getaway
oh he chose a path, heavy the fall, quarter to four
fills his night, with the thought, of a girl
how he makes his getaway
how he makes his getaway
how he makes his getaway
 wintergaard wrote:

Indeed, I'd almost rather ram pointy objects into my ears that hear pearl jam and his mumbling, but I do like this son.
 

hola,  that's 'cuz this is actually stone gossard. i mean it's pjam but it's really gossard. he wrote it,laid it all out,played guitar,even recorded it at his studio i think. plus the binaural recording techniques weren't their ideas either, they used a different producer...plus throw in matt cameron....
Great song even better live to open a show.  For those that can't stand PJ, check out their Yield album and reevaluate.
This okay...even though it's Pearl Jam. 
When they are good, Pearl Jam, they are really good!
Definitely one of the better PJ tracks! Diggin' it.
 AlonzoTheArmless wrote:

Agreed. I don't care for Pearl Jam at all and was dismayed when I saw one of their songs was about to play next. But to my surprise, I really like this song.

 
Indeed, I'd almost rather ram pointy objects into my ears that hear pearl jam and his mumbling, but I do like this son.


Awesome! Got the chills. Bluesy, sexy groove, like a road trip through the desert or the bayou, warm breezes, nothing but stars overhead and the headlights. 
Not cool!!!!... I hit the rate button too fast and got the default rating of 5... I then tried to re-rate it 9... 3 times, but seems my rating of 5 has stuck... What up Bill?? That was a mighty fine track

Edit: Ok so now my 9 rating shows... I wonder if it shows 3 times {#Whistle}

with the love of a girl. . . 
Oh yes — this track is simply sublime....!!
Anyone else just get back from PJ20 as I did.

Unbelievable 2 days of music.
 xtinar wrote:
ok...not a massive Pearl Jam fan but this song is brilliant! I thought it was Ian Ball from Gomez singing at first. Never head the similarities in their vocals till now. Fabulous!
 
Agreed. I don't care for Pearl Jam at all and was dismayed when I saw one of their songs was about to play next. But to my surprise, I really like this song.

ok...not a massive Pearl Jam fan but this song is brilliant! I thought it was Ian Ball from Gomez singing at first. Never head the similarities in their vocals till now. Fabulous!
 lemmoth wrote:


No.  just go to the goods section of pearljam.com and buy it.
 
Yea, I wasn't thinking when I posted that, the set of CD's I was referring to was the "bootlegs" CD's.  However, they are right there too in the same section of the site...thanks!

 sbegf wrote:

Ohhh....got to check that out, but I would imagine that is the set CD's recorded all over the world and that one in particular will be hard to find, but I will try.   :)

 

No.  just go to the goods section of pearljam.com and buy it.
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Just bumped this up a notch. damn fine stuff.
 
yep
 Darlington wrote:

And the version on the "Accoustic" Live CD from the place whose name I never can remember how to spell (Benoyara Hall??) is excellent as well....

 
Ohhh....got to check that out, but I would imagine that is the set CD's recorded all over the world and that one in particular will be hard to find, but I will try.   :)

Neil Young meets Tom Waits
 sbegf wrote:
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Just bumped this up a notch. damn fine stuff.

Agreed, best song on this album.. 
 
And the version on the "Accoustic" Live CD from the place whose name I never can remember how to spell (Benoyara Hall??) is excellent as well....

Possession, Fumbling toward Ecstasy, and then Of the Girl.   nicely done there RP. 
Oh he deals them off of the top. Ties them off.
Fills it up with his past. Gets carried away.
Oh half his life a hand me down wasted away.
Oh he fills it up with the love of a girl.

Oh he left it alone drilled the pain with money to burn.

How he makes his getaway. How he makes his getaway.

Oh he chose a path. Heavy the fall. Quarter to four.
Fills his night with the thought of a girl.

How he makes his getaway. How he makes his getaway.
How he makes his getaway. Get away.
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Just bumped this up a notch. damn fine stuff.

Agreed, best song on this album.. 


Just bumped this up a notch. damn fine stuff.
I've long considered McCready's fretwork underrated. This is one reason why. Richards-like rhythm chops.
 lemmoth wrote:

So glad RP is exposing its listeners to the often overlooked Binaural album.

Many of the songs are of a mood and instrumentation that is quite differnt from the early PJ and some of their latest stuff.

This is one of my faves.


 
Ditto, ditto, and DITTO!

So glad RP is exposing its listeners to the often overlooked Binaural album.

Many of the songs are of a mood and instrumentation that is quite differnt from the early PJ and some of their latest stuff.

This is one of my faves.


Oh, geez - another CD I have to buy when I get funds!  Love this song... {#Dancingbanana_2}
 psosa wrote:
these guys absolutely ROCKED KC last night. If you get a chance to see them on their (rumored) last tour, do it. Best energy at a concert in years!
 
what? does the last mean the last? 
masterpiece
 bobringer wrote:
20 years now.  Just as good as ever...
 
Ah, the good old days!

20 years now.  Just as good as ever...
WOW.  I Really like this.  Little blue-sy background, haunting, rock riffs.  Cool!  9
Cool, kinda haunting - I like it.
Gaaah — Next!
LOVE IT
8—>9
these guys absolutely ROCKED KC last night. If you get a chance to see them on their (rumored) last tour, do it. Best energy at a concert in years!
 orpheus wrote:
it's officially the 26th! yea! woo hoo!{#Dancingbanana}
 

yeah yeah yeah....Sept 26th reminds me of a friend's birthday - so you are in the same time zone. How does it feel like to be so close to Paradise?
Saturday 30th - 10:45 (Paradise 29th - 18:45)
Like this song a good 8

it's officially the 26th! yea! woo hoo!{#Dancingbanana}
Perfect.  Right now!  :-)
 rsimark wrote:

Completely in agreement.  Liking these jamming riffs with just the right touch o vocals.  Had to check and see who was playing.

 

I agree with the comments that appear in this thread about not being much of a PJ fan but finding some intrigue in this cut...
 Welly wrote:
I'm not much of a Pearl Jam fan, but I like this track. Quieter than their usual stuff.
 
Completely in agreement.  Liking these jamming riffs with just the right touch o vocals.  Had to check and see who was playing.

I'm not much of a Pearl Jam fan, but I like this track. Quieter than their usual stuff.
 kmh wrote:
I always liked Pearl Jam.....even when they fell out of favor....
  Interesting comment about "fell out of favor"  - While they stopped selling 15 million records after Vs, they still sell out arenas  - they can sell out two shows at Madison Square Garden - and have a loyal fanatical following (me included) Best live rock and roll band in America.


There's sumthin' happenin' here............9
The most overrated band of our time, but I LIKE this.  
{#Cheers}{#Cool}
Happy Birthday Ed! Hope you're not too snowed in to celebrate your B-day properly!{#Cheers}{#Cool}{#Bananapiano}{#Propeller}{#Hearteyes}{#Bananajam}{#Mrgreen}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Biggrin}{#Dancingbanana}{#Tongue}{#Dance}
I'd actually forgotten how good Pearl Jam are. A very fine track.  {#Cool}
I always liked Pearl Jam.....even when they fell out of favor....
 ginniet wrote:
This gives me a whole different perspective on Pearl Jam! 

{#Surprised}
  How true.  I think I know so much about music and so many artists.  I don't know #@#$%.  Another gem I'll likely have to add to my iTunes list.  Thanks - again -  Bill.

such a very cool transition from Loop Guru Single Orphan First Year Camel
Great album by a band that most people don't understand how diverse their music is.

Comes from having 4 very very strong melody/music composers with varied influences - sorry Mike - and a great lyricist.

Definitely an underrated but very fine album.

If all you know is Ten and Vs - try this out.

Or get the Lost Dogs package of rarities.


This gives me a whole different perspective on Pearl Jam! 

{#Surprised}
Wow. I've only heard this song live before today. This studio version is friggin' dy-no-mite! I'm wondering if this whole album warrants a purchase?
 ScottyB wrote:
I stopped buying Pearl Jam albums a few years ago. This song makes me wonder how I could be so stupid.
 

Don't worry. Based on album sales numbers you weren't alone.  But now you can make amends and join those of us who stuck with them.  More importantly, don't miss them live next chance you get.

As of 2000 this is where there early album sales were:
*Ten : 11 million copies in the US (last certification 8/06/99)
*Vs. : 6 million copies in the US (last certification 3/16/95)
*Vitalogy : 5 million copies in the US (last certification 10/13/95)
*No Code: 1 million copies (last certification 1/08/97)
*Yield: 1 million copies (last certification 3/13/98) (this is approaching 2 mil)
*Live on Two Legs: less than 1 million
*Binaural: approx 1 million**(gold certification 6/25/00)
*2000 bootleg series: approx 1.25 million combined**

Pearl Jam - Of the Girl
Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat
Tori Amos - A Sorta Fairytale

INCREDIBLE SET!!!!!!! Thanks so much!
The guitar sounds like Keith Richards getting into the groove from within a cellar, but it's enchanting!
musikalia wrote:
I usually don't care for PJ ever..... but this is nice! Vedder's voice seems somehow muted and that makes it even better. For the first time, I've rated a PJ song over 5.... 6!!!!
Heh! I had it at 6 and just moved it to 7 then saw your comment. And as the song started I thought again, "I really like this. Who is it again?". It's like deja vu all over again.
wow. never heard this before...quite awesome.
This is my favorite Pearl Jam album. Very diverse.
This is one of Pearl Jam's best albums. Mature songwriting, textured sound, not too much wannabe teen angst.
I stopped buying Pearl Jam albums a few years ago. This song makes me wonder how I could be so stupid.
nice
Many years ago I was visiting my sister in San Francisco. She lived at 8th and Lincoln, right by the park. One day, Pearl Jam was playing in the park, and we could hear it quite well from her living room. After a while, I said, "But that's Neil Young singing." We were close enough to be able to tell. Later we heard that Ol' Neil pinch hit for Eddie. It was a great afternoon.
skdenfeld wrote:
More than almost any other band, these guys make me want to learn to play the guitar. I love the extremely creative output from Pearl Jam.
What's stopping you?
nookie wrote:
Radio Paradise often plays PJ or EV! That's why Radio Paradise is the place to be for me during the working hours!
Amen, brother (or sister)
More than almost any other band, these guys make me want to learn to play the guitar. I love the extremely creative output from Pearl Jam.
I had to look to see who played this--didn't realize it was Pearl Jam. Not so self conscious, I like it.
underarmor wrote:
I usually don't care for Pearl Jam. At least, nothing after 10. But, I really like this.
I usually don't care for PJ ever..... but this is nice! Vedder's voice seems somehow muted and that makes it even better. For the first time, I've rated a PJ song over 5.... 6!!!!
Radio Paradise often plays PJ or EV! That's why Radio Paradise is the place to be for me during the working hours!
I usually don't care for Pearl Jam. At least, nothing after 10. But, I really like this.
Narty wrote:
Reminds me of Sunday driving in my first car...
Go tigers.
Love em!
I'm on their concert today! Ihaaaaa :dancingbanana:
Pearl Jam truly shines when they relax a bit and let their seldom seen bluesy side show. They should do it much more often! :guitarist: :cool:
Firstly, I thaught it's a tune of J.J. Cale... :bananajam:
Reminds me of Sunday driving in my first car...
Very nice... glad they aren't covering tracks off "Quadrophenia."
JUST GREAT!!! Neither more and surely not less! ARTEMIS
rKokon wrote:
What a beautiful album cover!
It's Nebula MyCn18: https://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/nebula/1996/07/image/a/
okobojicat wrote:
I feel sorry for you. Some truly amazing music. I don't mean to offend you, its just I understand that sometimes what other people like what I don't. In my opinion, Pearl Jam makes some amazing music, so if you don't enjoy, that is too bad.
amazing music indeed! They rocked out for hours and played 33 songs the last time I had the pleasure of a live show! I love them!
Yowza! What a Gem!