21 May 2013

Pearl Jam

Though you can barely understand any of the words Eddie Vedder is singing, it is said this song was written during the first gulf war. The story is about a young Grunge kid, all dressed up in his flannels with the long greasy hair. His brother goes off to war and gets killed. The kid gets a letter in a yellow army envelope and learns of his brother's death. Upset, he decides to go out for a walk. On his walk he passes by a neat, elderly couple sitting on their front porch, he sees that they have an American flag out. He gives a wave, because he feels like he relates: "The flag, my brother, you know..." But they don't know, of course. They don't know what's underneath the grunge and the long hair. All they see are the outward appearances, and they don't wave back.