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Pearl Jam — Inside Job
Album: Pearl Jam
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Released: 2006
Length: 6:28
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Underneath this smile lies everything
All my hopes and anger, pride and shame
Make myself a pact not to shut doors on the past
Just for today I am free

I will not lose my faith
It's an inside job today
I know this one thing well

I used to try to kill love, was the highest sin
Breathing insecurity out and in
Searching hope, I'm shown the way to run straight
Pursuing the greater way for all human light

How I choose to feel is how I am
How I choose to feel is how I am
I will not lose my faith
It's an inside job today

Holding on, the light of night
On my knees to rise and fix my broken soul
Again

Let me run into the rain
To be a human light again
Let me run into the rain
To shine a human light today

Life comes from within your heart and desire
Oh, life comes from within my heart and desire
Oh, life comes from within your heart and desire

Yeah, yeah
Run in rain
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 PA1749 wrote:
Pearl Jam saved rock and roll from the 80's techno crap phase. I have always been impressed by the genuine emotional contribution they put into their music. It's not forced or faked like so many others out there. They believe in what they are doing and use their music as a call to action when needs be. Always has been and always will be one of my favorite bands.
 
Sums this wonderful band up beautifully.
Smoking hot when cranked to VERY LOUD on the sound system of a Cadillac Escalade on  a dark road at 1 a.m. 
I like the slow build up at the beginning, but the middle wanders away from that feeling, then the ending is good. So I'll give it a solid 7.
Same here- l was so happy to hear "Low light" in the begining :) 

Reckoner978 wrote:
I went to the concert in Padova a month ago, they played Inside Job, what a moment <3
 

I went to the concert in Padova a month ago, they played Inside Job, what a moment <3
One of the best of all their great ones... 
 skooba wrote:
Too bad there isn't a dancing avocado!  {#Bananasplit}

 
There are U just have ...

 
The last minute of this track is smoking hot. 
Too bad there isn't a dancing avocado!  {#Bananasplit}
 rgabriel wrote:

I don't much understand... but techno music has been officially "invented" in 1990. There's actually nothing like "80's techno"...

 
The term "techno" was first applied to a style of electronic dance music from Detroit in the late 1980s, but that post to which your were responding was probably referring to the synth-pop bands of the 1980s and earlier.
this PJ piece affects me as both a warm embrace and solid rocking shake up, good and strong
 PA1749 wrote:
Pearl Jam saved rock and roll from the 80's techno crap phase. I have always been impressed by the genuine emotional contribution they put into their music. It's not forced or faked like so many others out there. They believe in what they are doing and use their music as a call to action when needs be. Always has been and always will be one of my favorite bands.

 
I don't much understand... but techno music has been officially "invented" in 1990. There's actually nothing like "80's techno"...


 kingart wrote:

At my food co-op. 
 

 
They also have them at the photoshop.
 TerryS wrote:
Where does one buy an avocado like that today?

 
At my food co-op. 
 
 PA1749 wrote:
Pearl Jam saved rock and roll from the 80's techno crap phase. I have always been impressed by the genuine emotional contribution they put into their music. It's not forced or faked like so many others out there. They believe in what they are doing and use their music as a call to action when needs be. Always has been and always will be one of my favorite bands.

 
So true! {#Clap}
Jalisco, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michuacan, por su puesto...
—- 

TerryS wrote:
Where does one buy an avocado like that today?

Where does one buy an avocado like that today?
Do we like Eddie any less now that we know he is a Cubs fan?
 
One of the best PJ songs, Thank RP
 PA1749 wrote:
Pearl Jam saved rock and roll from the 80's techno crap phase. I have always been impressed by the genuine emotional contribution they put into their music. It's not forced or faked like so many others out there. They believe in what they are doing and use their music as a call to action when needs be. Always has been and always will be one of my favorite bands.

 
But I love 80's techno crap phase... can't we all just get along?
Beautiful song about personal discovery.  
 PA1749 wrote:
Pearl Jam saved rock and roll from the 80's techno crap phase. I have always been impressed by the genuine emotional contribution they put into their music. It's not forced or faked like so many others out there. They believe in what they are doing and use their music as a call to action when needs be. Always has been and always will be one of my favorite bands.

 
I feel the oposite towards Pearl Jam. (The same goes for most of Pink Floyd so it must be me ;) )
 Strangely enough Eddie Vedders work for the movie Into the Wild was very good for my ears but thats a rare exception.
Pearl Jam saved rock and roll from the 80's techno crap phase. I have always been impressed by the genuine emotional contribution they put into their music. It's not forced or faked like so many others out there. They believe in what they are doing and use their music as a call to action when needs be. Always has been and always will be one of my favorite bands.
 kcar wrote:

LowPhreak, you shouldn't be so hard on yourself! 

Eddie belongs to the singing school known as drunk-ass karaoke.  I think that's actually how he was discovered. {#Whipit}

"Yes, since smaller minds can't process an instrument in rock outside of guitar/bass/drums..."

A bold and brave assertion for the instrument so oddly long-neglected in rock: the ukulele
 
You'll get over it someday. Or maybe not. I'm sure Eddie, Tim, and any ukulele would give zero shits if you don't.


 LowPhreak wrote:

Yes, since smaller minds can't process an instrument in rock outside of guitar/bass/drums...

See how I didn't surpress the snark?  {#Beat}

 
LowPhreak, you shouldn't be so hard on yourself! 

Eddie belongs to the singing school known as drunk-ass karaoke.  I think that's actually how he was discovered. {#Whipit}

"Yes, since smaller minds can't process an instrument in rock outside of guitar/bass/drums..."

A bold and brave assertion for the instrument so oddly long-neglected in rock: the ukulele

Tiny Tim on stage with ukulele, wearing sparkly blue jumpsuit and gold cowboy boots

 Tiny Tim: forgotten Rock God, son of Jimmy Page, object of Eddie Vedder's groveling worship. 
 daniel_rusk wrote:
can we just let pearl jam and that sound die? please? The 90s was 20 years ago  Cool then. Not now.

  Imkirok wrote:

Says the guy who gives Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd 10s.

 
Yes!  Hang 'em with their own words.  Me likey.
 oldsaxon wrote:

bitter? I would love to be half as talented as this guy. I won't dislike him because he's good.

 
Just to remind dear posters, this is not a "guy"  this is a band, in the best rock and roll sense of the word

This song was composed - words and music - by the lead guitarist Mike McCready, a rare McCready only composition.

But most of the great and near great PJ songs are collaborative efforts with guitarist Gossard, bassist Ament, drummer Cameron and McCready contributing a lot of music and occasional lyrics and the "guy" - Mr. Vedder, - contributing the lion's share of the lyrics and a good amount of music as well. 
 
 daniel_rusk wrote:
can we just let pearl jam and that sound die? please? The 90s was 20 years ago  Cool then. Not now.

 
Imkirok answered:

Says the guy who gives Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd 10s.

 
...and Ozzy Osbourne!
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Every so often I get grouchy and say there hasn't been any decent rock-n-roll in __ years. Then this comes along and suggests I'm full of it. Excellent composition, powerful, great playin' and singin'. What more could one ask for?

 
Yes. This attains greatness in a way few others have done since 2000. Perhaps The Flaming Lips. I can't hardly think of any others writing/recording at that level. Amy Winehouse. Greenday. The Whitestripes. The Shins. The Killers. The Postal Service. U2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Okay, there's half a dozen. Source.
Every so often I get grouchy and say there hasn't been any decent rock-n-roll in __ years. Then this comes along and suggests I'm full of it. Excellent composition, powerful, great playin' and singin'. What more could one ask for?
Love me some Pearl Jam {#Good-vibes}
 kcar wrote:

Must...suppress...snark impulse.... {#Silenced} {#Smile}

At least I can say that he's consistent. And hey, there are no ukeleles in this song, so there's that to be thankful for. 




 
Yes, since smaller minds can't process an instrument in rock outside of guitar/bass/drums...

See how I didn't surpress the snark?  {#Beat}
somebody get these guys some coffee.
 flyboy50 wrote:
Eddie at his vocal best.

 
Must...suppress...snark impulse.... {#Silenced} {#Smile}

At least I can say that he's consistent. And hey, there are no ukeleles in this song, so there's that to be thankful for. 



 lemmoth wrote:
5 year old Pearl Jam that shows its just as great as 20 year old Pearl Jam and 15 year old Pearl Jam and 10 year old Pearl Jam

kudos to songwrier McCready on this one

When the 4th or 5th most prolific songwriter in your bandl pens a gem like this you know you got a hell of a band

 
Right on!


this PJ piece affects me as both a warm embrace and solid rocking shake up, good and strong
 daniel_rusk wrote:
can we just let pearl jam and that sound die? please? The 90s was 20 years ago  Cool then. Not now.

 
Says the guy who gives Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd 10s.


 daniel_rusk wrote:
can we just let pearl jam and that sound die? please? The 90s was 20 years ago  Cool then. Not now.

 
Don't let the fact that this song sounds like nothing off their first album get in the way of your argument.

Next time I see them sell out two nights in NY and 2 in Philly sports arena's I'll remind my fellow audience members that PJ isn't cool anymore ..{#Angel} 
 Proclivities wrote:

Twenty years isn't necessarily a long time in music.  Besides, you seem to enjoy nostalgia; your listing of favorites is predominantly comprised of songs which are over forty years old.

 
A-haaaa! Well-said!!! Touche! (I can't put an accent on that last e, but you get what I'm saiyn')
Decent stuff! Keep on rockin', boys.
 daniel_rusk wrote:
can we just let pearl jam and that sound die? please? The 90s was 20 years ago  Cool then. Not now.

 
Twenty years isn't necessarily a long time in music.  Besides, you seem to enjoy nostalgia; your listing of favorites is predominantly comprised of songs which are over forty years old.  This tune is only seven or eight years old anyhow.
can we just let pearl jam and that sound die? please? The 90s was 20 years ago  Cool then. Not now.
Tonight I was craving avocados but didn't have any.  :(. After logging onto RP and discovering this album cover featured an avocado, my craving has been satiated!  Bingo bango!
 Jared wrote:
A magnificent guitar homage to Pink Floyd's Animals.

 
not sure about that. what about this one?

https://www.radioparadise.com/rp_2.php?#name=songinfo&song_id=41491
{#Yawn}
Guys can play
 joelbb wrote:
Somebody just kill this poor, tormented, majorly wealthy soul.

 
bitter? I would love to be half as talented as this guy. I won't dislike him because he's good.
 Jared wrote:
A magnificent guitar homage to Pink Floyd's Animals.

 

Was kinda thinking is it over yet ? and came in for a peek.

Didn't hear this at all,  Animals being prolly my favorite PF.

Have to listen harder next time around.  Rate it another day. 
This is inspiring. Thank You
 Jared wrote:
A magnificent guitar homage to Pink Floyd's Animals.
 
so true
Eddie at his vocal best.
To me this song demonstrates the chasm between originality and mere talent.
Somebody just kill this poor, tormented, majorly wealthy soul.
 lemmoth wrote:
PJ 20 was the most amazing experience of the year.
 
I finally watched it a couple days ago!  Enjoyed it, what a journey — and this song (among many others) was featured nicely.  Good job Cameron!
 Dave_Mack wrote:
I like the rocking out ending.
 
Not a PJ fan but this one caught my ear.
Thanks RP, for spinning some lesser-known tracks.
 houston wrote:
Mute
 
They lost their weathervane after Vitalogy, 6 {#Arrow} 4
A magnificent guitar homage to Pink Floyd's Animals.
Mute
 ckcotton wrote:
Best song of a very strong album.

Still making good tunes 20 years on...

WHO would have thought? 
 
I think this album is actually by far the weakest they have ever made.  This song is OK but when you set the bar like Pearl Jam do OK just isn't good enough in my view.
Best song of a very strong album.

Still making good tunes 20 years on...

WHO would have thought? 
 lemmoth wrote:
"Inside Job"

Underneath this smile Lies everything
All my hopes, anger, pride and shame

Make myself a pact, not to shut doors on the past
Just for today,... I am free

I will not lose my faith
It's an inside job today

I know this one thing well,...

I used to try and kill love, it was the highest sin
Breathing insecurity out and in

Searching hope, I'm shown the way to run straight
Pursuing the greater way for all human light

How I choose to feel is how I am
How I choose to feel is how I am

I will not lose my faith
It's an inside job today

Holding on, the light of the night
On my knees to rise and fix my broken soul

Again.

Let me run into the rain
To be a human light again

Let me run into the rain
To shine a human light today

Oh, life comes from within your heart and desire
Oh, life comes from within my heart and desire
Oh, life comes from within your heart and desire
 
BEAUTIFUL

5 year old Pearl Jam that shows its just as great as 20 year old Pearl Jam and 15 year old Pearl Jam and 10 year old Pearl Jam

kudos to songwrier McCready on this one

When the 4th or 5th most prolific songwriter in your bandl pens a gem like this you know you got a hell of a band
 DrLex wrote:

I can agree on you that comments like "I don't like this, it sucks" are useless, but so are comments like "I like this, it rules". I believe the rating system is intended to show your appreciation or disgust for a song. The comments are intended for saying something interesting about the song.
 

Didn't see that in the rules of the forum, funny I thought song comments were making comments about a song.{#Stupid}
"Inside Job"

Underneath this smile Lies everything
All my hopes, anger, pride and shame

Make myself a pact, not to shut doors on the past
Just for today,... I am free

I will not lose my faith
It's an inside job today

I know this one thing well,...

I used to try and kill love, it was the highest sin
Breathing insecurity out and in

Searching hope, I'm shown the way to run straight
Pursuing the greater way for all human light

How I choose to feel is how I am
How I choose to feel is how I am

I will not lose my faith
It's an inside job today

Holding on, the light of the night
On my knees to rise and fix my broken soul

Again.

Let me run into the rain
To be a human light again

Let me run into the rain
To shine a human light today

Oh, life comes from within your heart and desire
Oh, life comes from within my heart and desire
Oh, life comes from within your heart and desire


PJ 20 was the most amazing experience of the year.
liked them then and now as well. handyrae wrote:
In the 90s I didn't have much use for Pearl Jam, but I really enjoy the Pearl Jams songs I've heard on RP in the last couple of years.
 


 johnjconn wrote:
I wonder how they cut that avacado so perfectly. When I cut one, it's always uneven. The seed is dented and the skin is torn. I'll have to ask the Eddie how he did this so cleanly. I mean gezzz, the avacado isn't even discolored yet, mine always turn green so fast.

I'm impressed
 
Look how yellow it is... not very ripe.  That's why the seed is so shiny and clean.  The riper ones have hairier seeds.  'Course, it might be plastic or 3D rendered.  But get back after you talk to Eddie...

McCready!!!!!!
 mandolin wrote:


...i disagree - i never much cared for their nineties canon, but i'm surprised to find myself quite appreciating their music of this decade...i think they've matured quite a bit musically over the course of their career...
 

You are so right.
What an incredible band...

A thread of Pink Floyd through the entire song, but it's not at all derivative.  It's all Pearl Jam.
 Pyro wrote:
I'd like this as an instrumental.
 

This one was actually written from 'top to bottom 'by lead guitarist Mike McCready, lyrics and all.  I think this song really shines, like the majority of their work, when played live.
I should have thrown out the CD case and just listened to the music.  This song is pretty good.  What's up with the gore and zombies inside the cover of the album?  It turned me off to the whole thing. 
 Dave_Mack wrote:
I like the rocking out ending.
 
I just like the fact that it is ending   {#Puke}
I like the rocking out ending.
Perfect background for working right now. 
 potatomutant wrote:
Avocados are good on everything.
 
Summer pudding? Kippers? Pavlova? While I like to experiment with all kinds of food I think you need to rethink the 'everything' clause.

/pedant  
 mandolin wrote:


...i disagree - i never much cared for their nineties canon, but i'm surprised to find myself quite appreciating their music of this decade...i think they've matured quite a bit musically over the course of their career...
 
Agreed.  I liked the 90's stuff, but some of the music they are producing later in their careers is far more complex and compelling...I hope they keep it coming...

 ddbz wrote:
They are not aging well!  A true fan and I here quality, but I will stick to the 90's...
 

...i disagree - i never much cared for their nineties canon, but i'm surprised to find myself quite appreciating their music of this decade...i think they've matured quite a bit musically over the course of their career...
Avocados are good on everything.
 DrLex wrote:

I can agree on you that comments like "I don't like this, it sucks" are useless, but so are comments like "I like this, it rules". I believe the rating system is intended to show your appreciation or disgust for a song. The comments are intended for saying something interesting about the song.
 
I know a lot, maybe even most people would agree with your statement with regards to negative comments (not me though). Positive comments amount to the same thing as clapping at a rock concert.  There is nothing wrong with that, and no obligation to be interesting.  As far as negative ones go, I think your ideal comment board would be quite boring, and pretty much empty of content.  Very few comments are truly interesting, and the rants and spats are what are fun to read.  Too many people get their feelings hurt, and egos bruised, because someone else doesn't like their band or song.  That's their problem, not the commenters'.

 crockydile wrote:
Very cool music brought down by Vedder's moaning. The backup singer is better than he.
 
what a shame that the backup-vocals are by eddie himself. damn. {#Tongue-out}
 Nuance wrote:
Too much PJ this week. Can someone please fix this? Please? I'm sure it's an error. I mean really. No one would purposely program this much darth vedder in one week. hello? are you listening??
 
you are my hero

They are not aging well!  A true fan and I here quality, but I will stick to the 90's...
Too much PJ this week. Can someone please fix this? Please? I'm sure it's an error. I mean really. No one would purposely program this much darth vedder in one week. hello? are you listening??
 Pyro wrote:
I'd like this as an instrumental.
 

righty o
Had the sound turned down...thought it was Rusted Root. {#Ask}

Very cool music brought down by Vedder's moaning. The backup singer is better than he.
 ri_shelton wrote:
You know, I'm in a phase where I discover new subtleties in Pearl Jam tunes.  May have missed these wonderful surprises had it not been for Radio Paradise!
 
Me too - never heard this and usually disregard PJ - but this is great !!  {#Yes}

cool song
Nice lookin' avocado!
 Mandible wrote:
He and Tori Amos should do a incomprehensible duet together!
 
{#Lol}

 handyrae wrote:
In the 90s I didn't have much use for Pearl Jam, but I really enjoy the Pearl Jams songs I've heard on RP in the last couple of years.
 
Same here. Used to class them with Nirvana. No more.

In the 90s I didn't have much use for Pearl Jam, but I really enjoy the Pearl Jams songs I've heard on RP in the last couple of years.
 mybaldbird wrote:
Good ol' Eddie and his incomprehensible vocals.
 
He and Tori Amos should do a incomprehensible duet together!


 Johnny_Wave wrote:
This is just plain bad.
 
i couldn't disagree more  . . .isn't is great that we can {#Smile}
I'd like this as an instrumental.
You know, I'm in a phase where I discover new subtleties in Pearl Jam tunes.  May have missed these wonderful surprises had it not been for Radio Paradise!
Johnny_Wave wrote:
This is just plain bad.
 
{#Frustrated}
 
I agree.

 mybaldbird wrote:
Good ol' Eddie and his incomprehensible vocals.
 
got to love him!

Very good right from the start..
This is just plain bad.
Good ol' Eddie and his incomprehensible vocals.
 jenakle wrote:

I've popped in no less than 5 times to verify my already stated 9 rating....
think that means its really a 10?

 
haha same here... I just rushed to make sure I had rated this song high and have done it so many times in the past if memory serves me. I am contemplating a 10... Dunno what it is about this song that catches me but I LOVE IT!, and have from the very first play. As it starts, it makes me feel quiet, hopeful, and I sit back and try to in all the good things I experienced during the day. As it goes on, I feel uplifted, joyous and by the end I want to jump up and yell the lyrics! Many people I know have stopped listening to PJ over the years, and I do admit that they have changed quite a bit. However I don't think that's a bad thing. Songs like this is why I keep listening to them.

 PurplePrincess wrote:
I just upped this to a solid 9.
 
I've popped in no less than 5 times to verify my already stated 9 rating....
think that means its really a 10?

I just upped this to a solid 9.
Crank it ... UP! 
 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Reminds me of Pigs from Pink Floyd Animals. Not as good, mind you, but reminds me.
 

Exactly ... totally get that vibe from this ...
renegade_X wrote:
One of PJs best IMO. I do wonder is that a guitar in the beginning being used with a bow like a violin?

I think it's just a volume pedal or similar effect.  

 cattail321 wrote:
He's suppose to zing off key deary...that is their style...me would think!!!jus' like Bob Dylan....off key....and popular
 
Suppose to zing?  Or "supposed to sing"?
1wolfy wrote:
I love this intro
Reminds me of Pigs from Pink Floyd Animals. Not as good, mind you, but reminds me.


Pink Floyd ... it sounds so much like Pink Floyd to me ... I simply love it ... Eddie is amazing / the whole band is amazing
always surprising me and making love music over and over again

Who hasnt screamed along with Eddie in the car to the Album 10?
Yay!!! Pearl Jam!!!
One of PJs best IMO. I do wonder is that a guitar in the beginning being used with a bow like a violin?
LOL...funny how one song can draw so much ....me!
I love Avacado... :whipit: come on ...put some "real" PJ on :sleep:
Pyro wrote:
For me, loathe is a strong word, but I'm not a fan. Love this song, though, even though Vedder sings out of tune, as usual....
He's suppose to zing off key deary...that is their style...me would think!!!jus' like Bob Dylan....off key....and popular :beat:
inkedbuddha wrote:
I usually loathe PJ and/or Eddie Vedder (sorry, people) but I'm really digging this tune. Are there more like it in the PJ discography?
For me, loathe is a strong word, but I'm not a fan. Love this song, though, even though Vedder sings out of tune, as usual....
lwilkinson wrote:
I love Pearl Jam but hate the albums. It seems that I personally can't listen to the whole thing because only one or two tunes are really good
actually, there are a lot of albums like that, I dont mind the songs individually but after a while the album in entirety get on my nerves which is why my computer and mp3 player both work on full list random 99% of the time
lwilkinson wrote:
Trying to close the books for a Friday after a week of client issues and really enjoying some of what's Bill's spinning today. Some new, some old, some heard before like Pearl Jam. I have this album and listening was suddenly struck that I love Pearl Jam but hate the albums. It seems that I personally can't listen to the whole thing because only one or two tunes are really good; almost like they save the creativity up, blow it out for about two tunes per album and then go out in the back yard and gather up some filler to fill it out. That's too bad 'cause when PJ gets creative they can really catch your attention. :think:
Even though I don't agree with your conclusion, I respect that you and others may feel that way. In that case, you should try out "Lost Dogs", PJ's "rarities" collection. From the AMG review "Since their proper albums are so somber and tightly controlled, it seemed as if the band didn't have a sense of humor, or even gave themselves a chance to breathe. These songs not only prove that assertion false; they capture what the band sounded like at its peak — they capture their passion, their open-heartedness, their stance as true believers. This spirit was damped on the albums since they deliberately shied away from it and obscured it with ventures into experimentalism, but here, they not only sound committed but also eclectic and alive. This is where the nonchronological sequencing is a plus — everything here sounds like it could date from their heyday of the first of the '90s, even though much of it dates from later. This is further proof that Pearl Jam consciously turned away from the big, anthemic sound and spirit that won them a mass audience with Ten — they still had the songs and sound, they just chose to bury it. Lost Dogs crackles with that passion and it has another advantage: unlike most of Pearl Jam's album, it's a fun, compulsive listen."
DoctorHooey wrote:
Haha, that was my reaction too. He's going on a solo tour this summer. :)
I absolutely LOVE his work on Into the Wild and really look forward to the new album coming out next month...cant remember what its called but know the proceeds go to Veterans against the Iraq War