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Pearl Jam — You Are
Album: Riot Act
Avg rating:
7

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2620









Released: 2002
Length: 4:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
This broken wheel is coming undone
And the road's exploding
But you're keeping me strong
Rolling along with you

Love is a tower
And you're the key
Leading me higher
When you let me in

Keeping us close, so close
On down the line
Sometimes I burn like a dot on the sun
With no one knowing
But you're keeping me strong
Moving along with you

You are a tower of
Strength to me
The darkening hour
Sees light again

Ooh wah, ooh wah, ooh wah, ooh wah, ooh wah
You are, you are, you are, you are

Love is a tower
Of strength to me
I am the shoreline
But you're the sea

You are
You are
You are
You are
You
You are

You are
You are
Comments (324)add comment
The genius syncopations and mad, satisfyingly reckless meanderings -- with such confident solid returns -- within this are truly staggering!!
 bahalana wrote:


Really??



The gap is great there and if someone doesn't understand it, let them listen to ABBA ... :)))))
 pinto wrote:

Haters gonna hate, but I love this one. Now can somebody explain why there's a several second gap of silence in this song?



Really??
 pinto wrote:
Haters gonna hate, but I love this one. Now can somebody explain why there's a several second gap of silence in this song?
 
The silence sounds much better using the FLAC setting...

 pinto wrote:
Haters gonna hate, but I love this one. Now can somebody explain why there's a several second gap of silence in this song?
 

Artistic pause. (the engineer probably gets paid for number of seconds  that go to the pressing!) 
lake!
Best U2 impersonation ever. 
Best song from Riot Act. Fact.
 sonicsurfer wrote:
ouch...never understood the commercial appeal of this band.
 
Ten was great.  I wore that record out.  Everything since then, not so much.
 stanohlohovec5 wrote:
My favourite album...
 


My favourite Banana

My favourite album...
Matt  Cameron is genius,  
ouch...never understood the commercial appeal of this band.
 Dazzerb wrote:
I love Pearl Jam but this track is awful!
 Funny, these things we call personal preferences. I don't care a whit for PJ, but hadn't heard this before, and it sounded ok.

This song is perfect with high quality head phones. You can hear the guitars in 3D :)
High rise residential Atlas building under construction with red cranes looming on the skyline in 2017  London N1 Stock Photo
 Dazzerb wrote:
I love Pearl Jam but this track is awful!

 
Eddie is so off-key,  he should have trashed the whole thing, and re-recorded it.  This hurts.
Haters gonna hate, but I love this one. Now can somebody explain why there's a several second gap of silence in this song?
bright sky, gorgeous little breeze and wicked set of morning music!  Thank you  : )
 it has a rockin groove, man. Makes me feel like I've got a few beers in me    jessenaiman wrote:
What exactly is good about this? The notes he sings are basic, the melody barely moves.

 

third Pearl Jam song today
Vedder's vocals are okay by me, some don't like his singing
overall P.J. is a bit on the boring side 
 maxjboxer wrote:
Sounds like he is suffering from a kidney stone.

 
YES. Always. Such an annoying guy and voice and hair and all that grunge-wannabe mysticism everything.
 minimole wrote:

Yeah, this is just robot-generated spam, ignore it. Looks like RP could do with a Captcha on their sign-up/login page.

But on the subject of language - whenever I get grumpy about neologisms and slang appearing (quite often), I try to remember that language is an evolving thing. We speak very differently to how we did even just a couple of hundred years ago. It will change - we just need to understand, accept and try to keep up. "Lol" ...

 
I'll raise you 3 'lols' and 2 'wtfs'. {#Cheesygrin}

Oh yeah, and you forgot to start every sentence with "so"...

So on the subject of language...

So I try to remember that language...

So we speak very differently...

And don't forget to 'upspeak' (raise the pitch of your voice) at the end of them.

{#Frustrated}


 lemmoth wrote:

this drummer also wrote the song

 
Is there sufficient evidence of that to obtain a conviction?
Sounds like he is suffering from a kidney stone.
Grunge chugg'n
 
Not sure what happened to RP but the app just played this 4 times in a row; thank goodness it was this awesome Pearl Jam track !!
 
Everything they do is wonderful
this is just grand so it is
I love Pearl Jam but this track is awful!
 LowPhreak wrote:

It seems that someone has picked up a new word lately ("mondegreens") that they've become infatuated with and decided to spam it around on the song comment threads. I've seen it in three or four threads already.

This is how idiotic internet memes are spread by the kewl kids/bandwagon jumpers - with words like 'hate on', 'fail', and so many others, while they've forgotten they may still have brains and should try using them instead of being like the other lemmings.

 
Yeah, this is just robot-generated spam, ignore it. Looks like RP could do with a Captcha on their sign-up/login page.

But on the subject of language - whenever I get grumpy about neologisms and slang appearing (quite often), I try to remember that language is an evolving thing. We speak very differently to how we did even just a couple of hundred years ago. It will change - we just need to understand, accept and try to keep up. "Lol" ...
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
 twoplain2sea wrote:
You and are love are north bridge words,and tower is in  the southern lands I  don't know if was a scribble from couple.
I assume you  know, you may be thinking about sending out some sentinel. But they missed you and dying to get back home.

Ampersand once the 27th part of the alphabet, and Tower per se are mondegreens.

 TwoPlain2Sea, I know that you are trying to explain something to us but for the life of me I still do not comprehend it.  I thought I had a reasonable grasp of American English but obviously not :)    I had to look up Mondegreen and I can see how those things can happen but can somebody please translate this West Coast American comment for me?

 
It seems that someone has picked up a new word lately ("mondegreens") that they've become infatuated with and decided to spam it around on the song comment threads. I've seen it in three or four threads already.

This is how idiotic internet memes are spread by the kewl kids/bandwagon jumpers - with words like 'hate on', 'fail', and so many others, while they've forgotten they may still have brains and should try using them instead of being like the other lemmings.
 jessenaiman wrote:
What exactly is good about this? The notes he sings are basic, the melody barely moves.

 
Pearl Jam is generally not known for being a "melodic" band; I don't believe they were trying to make an overtly melodic song here - still, there is a melody.  There are no steadfast rules in music, especially rock music.  "Basic notes" - what is a "non-basic" note?
 twoplain2sea wrote:
You and are love are north bridge words,and tower is in  the southern lands I  don't know if was a scribble from couple.
I assume you  know, you may be thinking about sending out some sentinel. But they missed you and dying to get back home.

Ampersand once the 27th part of the alphabet, and Tower per se are mondegreens.

 TwoPlain2Sea, I know that you are trying to explain something to us but for the life of me I still do not comprehend it.  I thought I had a reasonable grasp of American English but obviously not :)    I had to look up Mondegreen and I can see how those things can happen but can somebody please translate this West Coast American comment for me?
 Toke wrote:
Aha is this where the expression 'Gave It Some Stick' came from as this drummer sure has....

 
this drummer also wrote the song
Like Eddie and PJ or not. Like the song or not. But the production value alone rates this one a 7. Amazing through the new headphones.
 
You and are love are north bridge words,and tower is in  the southern lands I  don't know if was a scribble from couple.
I assume you  know, you may be thinking about sending out some sentinel. But they missed you and dying to get back home.

Ampersand once the 27th part of the alphabet, and Tower per se are mondegreens.
I'm not a big Pearl Jam fan but this song? Oh yeah. Kinda nasty and beautiful all at once.
 
wow, I love the beginning and production. I still have to listen to the whole song though.
 
 joelbb wrote:
He can't sing and these lyrics are just plain banal.  Gets a 2.

 
well maybe he can't write but he can certainly sing...enunciation aside
OK...now I'm good
Aha is this where the expression 'Gave It Some Stick' came from as this drummer sure has....
 SuperM wrote:
Best AMERICAN band ever!!!!  :)

 
Slight edit from an enormous PJ Fan, 10 Club member, dozens of shows attended, dozens of live shows in my collection.
Best band ever!!!!  :)
Quality from start to finish, I love PJ. ↑ 9.
"And here's something from Alt-J" followed by PJ.  oops.
He can't sing and these lyrics are just plain banal.  Gets a 2.
This is the first time I have heard this song, and it sounds great. Usually Pearl Jam just rates an ok plus for me, but this one is an exception.
Awesome groove. I really like Eddy Vedder's voice, especially (as here) when he is not screaming. He has such a meaty powerful sound.
What a lovely description of love can be a dark journey at times ...
Great overall sound - if only they'd had a vocalist that could sing.
Well said.. of course I completely disagree with everything you did say..... but it was said well.  

 
 
jonno_norton wrote:
I normally don't vote on songs I feel are less than a 6, but this just kills me. Pearl Jam from the early 2000s? Radio Paradise what are you doing to my ears? I have enough trouble getting my wife to listen to this station because of the 70s stuff that is actually really good. There is plenty of music from 2002 that is actually worth playing. 

Sorry to everyone else that voted this song very high, just had to come drop my two cents. The 90s and music spawned from it are my one sensitive point when it comes to music. I just don't know what happened to that entire period of music aside from some amazing indie gems. I feel like the entire indie revolution of the early 2000s was a response to songs like this, ushering in the death of the 90s and a new era of decent music on the radio again. It was right about then that Modest Mouse and Deathcab and The Mars Volta were all getting bought up by major labels so maybe the music executives were thinking the same thing too.  

 
 oldsaxon wrote:

No, you're not.

 
Of course he is
 dig wrote:
This is different for PJ and I kinda like it.

 
Matt Cameron - drummer extraordinairre - and for this song - songwriter.
I normally don't vote on songs I feel are less than a 6, but this just kills me. Pearl Jam from the early 2000s? Radio Paradise what are you doing to my ears? I have enough trouble getting my wife to listen to this station because of the 70s stuff that is actually really good. There is plenty of music from 2002 that is actually worth playing. 

Sorry to everyone else that voted this song very high, just had to come drop my two cents. The 90s and music spawned from it are my one sensitive point when it comes to music. I just don't know what happened to that entire period of music aside from some amazing indie gems. I feel like the entire indie revolution of the early 2000s was a response to songs like this, ushering in the death of the 90s and a new era of decent music on the radio again. It was right about then that Modest Mouse and Deathcab and The Mars Volta were all getting bought up by major labels so maybe the music executives were thinking the same thing too.  
 Grammarcop wrote:
I am?

 
No, you're not.
Keepin me strong..
 stargazer1 wrote:
This is great. It has a wide Jimi Hendrix streak, but without a lot of acid rock guitar.

 
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Stargazer1!  I never noticed Hendrix's influence on Pearl Jam before.
This is different for PJ and I kinda like it.
I have to see these guys live, on the bucket list.  Since I live in the wilderness
this will be hard.  They came to Missoula Montana and sold out in 5 minutes
or less!!!! 
I am?
Crunchy goodness!  Crank that puppy!
Man, that intro is Crunch. F'in fat.
nice
 kcar wrote:

Hey, be thankful he didn't bring a ukelele into the mess. 
 
No, he left that in the travel bag with his bathing cap.  Not a bad tune though.
Wow, a Pearl Jam song that doesn't whine me up..  Juicy guitar sounds.  Easy Eddie, don't fuck this one up...
Sweet! Haven't heard this one in a while.
 kcar wrote:

Hey, be thankful he didn't bring a ukelele into the mess. 
 
{#Clap}
What exactly is good about this? The notes he sings are basic, the melody barely moves.
Outstanding playlist this afternoon. Keep it coming. {#Jump}
 Reckoner978 wrote:
Brilliant song, I'll never get enough of it
 

Amen — And this sure as hell doesn't sound like it coulda been on Ten. 

America's best live band - If you haven't seen them yet, don't miss them next time 'round.
 Shimmer wrote:
The intro is good and the pause before the body of the song works well, but once Eddie starts singing it turns into just another Pearl Jam song.
 
Hey, be thankful he didn't bring a ukelele into the mess. 
nice
Brilliant song, I'll never get enough of it
 stargazer1 wrote:
This is great. It has a wide Jimi Hendrix streak, but without a lot of acid rock guitar.
 
Good observation. McCready does love Jimi.  And not just the long held note solos.

I Like This {#Jump}
This is great. It has a wide Jimi Hendrix streak, but without a lot of acid rock guitar.
A Pearl Jam song that I actually like!
essentially rocking
 vandal wrote:

Beelzebub's rhythm section?
 
 

Good one!{#Lol}
 LowPhreak wrote:

To you and fingerpin: I said 'overrated' as sarcasm. Get a grip.
  
 Duuuude, ya gotta use the emoticons to indicate yer sarcasm.  :)

 inindian wrote:


     I'll second that. Anyways they're more "rated" than LowPhreak ; )
 
To you and fingerpin: I said 'overrated' as sarcasm. Get a grip.

 fingerpin wrote:
sirdroseph wrote:

What does that make Bonzo, Moonie and Pert??{#Rolleyes}
 
LowPhreak wrote:


Overrated?
            
            {#Arrowu}
What a sweeping absurdity.

 

     I'll second that. Anyways they're more "rated" than LowPhreak ; )
 Galateea wrote:
Kick-ass! PJ 10.
 

agreed
Kick-ass! PJ 10.
My favorite PJ songs are the ones where Mccready rips. This would be one of those times, most excellent.

 Hannio wrote:
Kickass song.
 

Yessir - from an underrated album.
Kickass song.
 sirdroseph wrote:


What does that make Bonzo, Moonie and Pert??{#Rolleyes}
 
Beelzebub's rhythm section?
 
sirdroseph wrote:

What does that make Bonzo, Moonie and Pert??{#Rolleyes}
 
LowPhreak wrote:


Overrated?
            
            {#Arrowu}
What a sweeping absurdity.

 lemmoth wrote:


Than... you should look for other PJ tunes written or co-written by the great drummer Matt Cameron like Evacuation" (Binaural) ... music
  • "Save You" (Riot Act) ... music (co-written)
  • "Cropduster" (Riot Act) ... music
  • "You Are" (Riot Act) ... lyrics (co-written), music, and played rhythm guitar
  • "Get Right" (Riot Act) ... lyrics and music
  • "In the Moonlight" (Lost Dogs) ... lyrics and music
  • "Unemployable" (Pearl Jam) ... music (co-written)
  • "The Fixer" (Backspacer) ... music (co-written)
  • "Johnny Guitar" (Backspacer) ... music (co-written)

  •  

    Word.  Loves me some Cameron.  They should play some Wellwater Conspiracy.  I think it would go over at least as well as this number on here.
     Shimmer wrote:
    The intro is good and the pause before the body of the song works well, but once Eddie starts singing it turns into just another Pearl Jam song.
     
    That's right - a great song.

     Proclivities wrote:

    This is a good song; "ocean of sand" is a peculiar metaphor though. {#Ask}

     
    Ocean of sand, desert of water. I like it.

    The intro is good and the pause before the body of the song works well, but once Eddie starts singing it turns into just another Pearl Jam song.
     prickelpit96 wrote:
    The first Pearl Jam song that works for me....
     

    Than... you should look for other PJ tunes written or co-written by the great drummer Matt Cameron like Evacuation" (Binaural) ... music
  • "Save You" (Riot Act) ... music (co-written)
  • "Cropduster" (Riot Act) ... music
  • "You Are" (Riot Act) ... lyrics (co-written), music, and played rhythm guitar
  • "Get Right" (Riot Act) ... lyrics and music
  • "In the Moonlight" (Lost Dogs) ... lyrics and music
  • "Unemployable" (Pearl Jam) ... music (co-written)
  • "The Fixer" (Backspacer) ... music (co-written)
  • "Johnny Guitar" (Backspacer) ... music (co-written)

  • {#Yes} westslope wrote:
    Still fresh.
     


    Still fresh.
    Put it down to "5"!
     sirdroseph wrote:


    What does that make Bonzo, Moonie and Pert??{#Rolleyes}
     

    Overrated?
     vandal wrote:

    Kim Thayil once said that Matt Cameron is "God's drummer."
     

    What does that make Bonzo, Moonie and Pert??{#Rolleyes}
    If there were any song where a negative rating is needed, this be it.{#Puke}
    {#Bananajam}
    What a hard fat sound
    Matt! {#Drummer}
     Johnny_Wave wrote:
    Blows chunks
     
    Yeah............... chunks of goodness

    Blows chunks
    The first Pearl Jam song that works for me....
     Stingray wrote:
    NO THRILL...
    "5"
     
    We've got a defibrillator at work that might help!

    NO THRILL...
    "5"
     bronorb wrote:
    FREAKIN bitchin' Guitar.
     
    yes sirree!!! {#Dancingbanana_2}   {#Cowboy}
    ME LIKEY!{#War}
    to each there own
     for some reason I could never get Pearl Jam
     it seemed a little repetitive.

     just me
     lattalo wrote:
    Pearl Jam is like finding a pearl in an ocean of sand.
     
    This is a good song; "ocean of sand" is a peculiar metaphor though. {#Ask}

    Nice!
     lysisphere wrote:
    Hmm, I can stand Ed's voice when backed by electronica deliciousness such as this.
     
    He doesn't warble as much as usual on this song, but sings pretty straight out. That also contributes to his being bearable here. Catchy song.

     skdenfeld wrote:
    Why none of these guys were on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists is beyond me.  PJ has always had very interesting, and evocative guitar smithing.
     

    Ditto - truly both of them have a monster tone as well. Love it.
    Hmm, I can stand Ed's voice when backed by electronica deliciousness such as this.
    Why none of these guys were on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists is beyond me.  PJ has always had very interesting, and evocative guitar smithing.
     Bosami wrote:

    Bitchin' guitar.


     

    FREAKIN bitchin' Guitar.
    Nice. Love it.