Pearl Jam – Red Mosquito - I may be in the minority, but I fucking love this song. It's heavily influenced by Neil Young... but the Mike's guitar work is fucking incendiary. I'm not entirely sure what the song is about. A red mosquito I think. The purpose of this track again is to hear McCready wail on that fucking axe.
Watched from the window with a red mosquito.
I was not allowed to leave the room.
I saw the sun go down and now it's coming up.
Somewhere in the time between I was bitten.
Must have been the devil.
He was just paying me a little visit.
Reminding me of his presence.
Letting me know he's a-waiting. Ohh...
Pearl Jam – Lukin - sonically, one would quickly say that this is Habbit's kissing cousin. Lyrically, I think its one of the most interesting ones on the record though. The song is about visiting Matt Lukin's (Melvins) house and finding sanctuary in his kitchen. At the time Eddie Vedder had a problem with a stalker... and he reportedly was getting tired of hearing that pearl jam penned very long songs.
I found the key but I return to find an open door.
Some fucking freak who claims I fathered, by rape, her own son.
I find my wife, I call the cops, this days work's never done.
The last I heard that freak was purchasing a fucking gun.
Pearl Jam – Present Tense - the Keystone song on No Code. I vividly recall laying awake one night listening to this song and completely changing my mind on the album.
Have you ideas on how this life ends?
Checked your hands and studied the lines.
Have you the belief that the road ahead ascends off into the light?
Seems that needlessly it's getting harder to find an approach and a way to live.
Are we getting something out of this all encompassing trip.
Pearl Jam – Mankind - I have always loved this song and this is not an opinion that is shared with by most of my friends. I vividly recall talking about songs we wanted to hear live in 98 with Jaime. State of Love and Trust was atop my list as was Mankind. I nearly shit myself when they played it. I'm pretty sure everyone else in attendance, wished that another track made the set list. Fuck all the haters.
I'll be playing with my magazine, using up my Listerine, like Ovaltine.
And you'll be dipping in your battleship, for the latest tip, for the latest dream.
Pearl Jam – I'm Open - a poetic endeavor at the end of No Code. My favorite moment can be captured in this lyric.
When he was six he believed that the moon overhead followed him, by nine he had deciphered the illusion trading magic for fact.
So this is what it's like to be an adult.
Pearl Jam – Around The Bend - the last track off No Code... like the first track on the album, it's incredibly tender to listen to. In many ways it reminds me of a song that Elvis could cover.
You're an angel when you sleep.
How I want your soul to keep on, and on, around the bend.
Artists: Pearl Jam
Album: No Code
Producer: Brendan O'Brien
Recorded: Chicago Recording Company, Kingsway Studio, Studio Litho