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Rate Corduroy
5 stars: One of the very best 91%  91%  [ 52 ]
4 stars: really good 7%  7%  [ 4 ]
3 stars: average 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
2 stars: meh 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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 Post subject: Song of the Moment: Corduroy
PostPosted: Fri December 28, 2012 7:00 pm 
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Corduroy


The waiting drove me mad
You're finally here and I'm a mess
I take your entrance back
Can't let you roam inside my head

I don't want to take what you can give
I would rather starve than eat your bread
I would rather run but I can't walk
Guess I'll lie alone just like before

I'll take the vermin’s path
And I must refuse your test
Push me and I will resist
This behavior's not unique

I don't want to hear from those who know
They can buy, but can't put on my clothes
I don't want to limp for them to walk
Never would have known of me before

I don't want to be held in your debt
I'll pay it off in blood, let I be wed
I'm already cut up and half dead
I'll end up alone like I began

Everything has chains
Absolutely nothing's changed
Take my hand, not my picture
Spilled my tincture

I don't want to take what you can give
I would rather starve than eat your breast
All the things that others want for me
Can't buy what I want because it's free
Can't buy what I want because it's free
Can't be what you want because I'm

Why ain't it sposed to be just fun
To live and die, let it be done
I figure I'll be damned
All alone like I began...

If pearl jam has a song that defines them lyrically Corduroy is it. Pearl Jam’s music means a lot of different things to me but if there is a theme running through it (the early albums especially) it is a running battle to come to grips with a world that has betrayed you or let you down in some meaningful way (I think all the really great grunge music has that in common). What do you do when the places and people you’ve looked to for trust, for inspiration, and for protection abandon you, let you down, or were never what you were looking for? What’s left? Their music offers two answers---the struggle itself has meaning (that’s what difference it makes) and the solidarity we can find with others who feel the same way (think of Leash—I Am Lost, I am no guide, but I am by your side, I am right by your side).

If you take that as a starting point then Corduroy is a statement of defiance, the lyrical heart of an entire album devoted to figuring out what music means to them and who it belongs to. What if the thing you waited for and worked towards your entire life lets you down? In their case, the song is about music—the commodification of the industry, the way the music stripped of its authenticity, its meaning, its passion, and its power. They watched this happen to themselves and the grunge movement they helped spearhead, which was co-opted almost immediately.

The waiting drove me mad
You're finally here and I'm a mess
I take your entrance back
Can't let you roam inside my head

These are some of my favorite opening lines to any pearl jam song. Sometimes we spend so much time and so much energy wishing and hoping for something that by the time we get it we’re changed and it is no longer what we need—in fact it may even be harmful. I’m sure Eddie had rock start dreams when he was a kid, and once he finally got to live them they weren’t what he needed, or even wanted. There is a powerful sense of betrayal here. The song is about music and fame for Eddie—but because the song is so well written it could be about whatever you need it to be. A good friend of mine always thought it was a love song and it works just as well that way. As long as there was something we desperately pined for that wasn’t really what we needed.

I don't want to take what you can give
I would rather starve than eat your bread
I would rather run but I can't walk
Guess I'll lie alone just like before

More betrayal, more isolation, more desolation. Once we’ve lost what we were holding out for what do we have left? In the end we have ourselves, and the meaning we can give to ourselves—and that is going to have to be enough. The rest of the song justifies abandoning the bread and being alone. Better to be starving and free than a fat slave

I'll take the vermin’s path
And I must refuse your test
Push me and I will resist
This behavior's not unique

It’s not enough that our dreams didn’t give us what they wanted—the real problem is that they won’t live us alone—again there is a sense of being trapped here—we got what we wished for and now it won’t leave us alone—so you need to struggle against the very thing you always wanted. What a mindfuck.

I don't want to hear from those who know
They can buy, but can't put on my clothes
I don't want to limp for them to walk
Never would have known of me before

I don't want to be held in your debt
I'll pay it off in blood, let I be wed
I'm already cut up and half dead
I'll end up alone like I began

More defiance—a realization that even if there are consequences we can let go, and we’ll be better for it

Everything has chains
Absolutely nothing's changed
Take my hand, not my picture
Spilled my tincture

Here we have some of the grasping solidarity that we find in songs like Leash or Not For You—it is what makes music that on the surface is about isolation and betrayal so compelling. None of us know what it was like for the band to go through having to be the biggest band in the world, loved and hated for their image, not who they were—but all of us can relate to the feeling even if we can’t relate to the circumstances. And as human beings—not as fan and idol—we can reach each other and hold onto each other. If you’ve seen them live you know this feeling.

I don't want to take what you can give
I would rather starve than eat your breast
All the things that others want for me
Can't buy what I want because it's free
Can't buy what I want because it's free
Can't be what you want because I'm

Why ain't it sposed to be just fun
To live and die, let it be done
I figure I'll be damned
All alone like I began...

Similar to Indifference, the song ends on what seems to be a down note (I’ll be damned, all alone like I began) but that ignores the exisistential empowerment running through the whole song. He started alone, but in control and free—not mastered by fame, the music industry, a failed relationship, or whatever you hear when you listen to the song. And it is from that point that we can emancipate ourselves—we can begin again.

I probably could have been more articulate about all that, but it’s been a long day and this is a long post. :) What does everyone else think?



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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Corduory
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honestly - one of my top 5 Pearl Jam songs to play with a band. I just love picking out the main riff...

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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Corduory
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5 stars. Without a doubt.


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i grown tired of Corduroy, because well, its been a long time...but there are moments, even in the recent tour ( missoula) were you hear the song and its just..damn this is so good... every aspect of what i love about music is here.

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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Corduory
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If I had to pick one song to explain Pearl Jam to someone, it would be this. Not necessarily my favorite track though.


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I bet chud hates this song.

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terrible song


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cutuphalfdead wrote:
terrible song



I'm completely serious, pete. I thought about it when I saw this thread and was like - yeah, not so hot on this one... so I listened to it, and remembered why it was a good song. I'm unashamed.


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doug rr wrote:
cutuphalfdead wrote:
terrible song



I'm completely serious, pete. I thought about it when I saw this thread and was like - yeah, not so hot on this one... so I listened to it, and remembered why it was a good song. I'm unashamed.

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cutuphalfdead wrote:
doug rr wrote:
cutuphalfdead wrote:
terrible song



I'm completely serious, pete. I thought about it when I saw this thread and was like - yeah, not so hot on this one... so I listened to it, and remembered why it was a good song. I'm unashamed.

everyone's a fucking critic today

You still don't get it, do you?

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Monkey_Driven wrote:
5 stars. Without a doubt.


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Anyone giving this less than 5 stars needs their head examined. In the top 5 of PJ at their best.

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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Corduory
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i get tired of Evenflow and Alive being played at nearly all of the shows i go to, but im never tired of hearing Corduroy live


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Dr. Van Nostrand wrote:
i get tired of Evenflow and Alive being played at nearly all of the shows i go to, but im never tired of hearing Corduroy live


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More than five stars. My favorite Pearl Jam song, and at times my favorite song ever. I have not once in the past nineteen years grown tired of it, even for a split second. Perfection.

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Never heard that song Corduory, is that a b-side?

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 Post subject: Re: Song of the Moment: Corduory
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Awesome in every way! From the first time I heard it all those years a go to now..never gets old nor do I get tired of it..it hasn't and will not be repeated. Five of the best stars.

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Corduroy is my personal best... RVM close second...


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Dr. Van Nostrand wrote:
i get tired of Evenflow and Alive being played at nearly all of the shows i go to, but im never tired of hearing Corduroy live

:thumbsup:

top 5 pj song for me. maybe the most defining song for them as a band. its just about perfect.


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I'm not familiar with this song.

I know the song Corduroy

I have never heard Corduory. Is it a b-side?

Edit-

Oh I see now. I was confused

Thanks stip. or whichever mod corrected


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