Riff: Pearl Jam – “My Father’s Son”

Oct 14, 2013

Can I get a reprieve?/This gene pool don’t hurt me/Can I beg a release?/Can I volunteer amputee?

from My Father's Son lyrics by Pearl Jam

Eerily familiar of Vedder’s estranged relationship with his biological father, of which he chronicled in cathartic infamy via “Release” 22 years ago on Ten, the band phones this one in with some cheesy organ fills and a lame-ass ominous riff from McCready that seems made for a videogame boss fight.

Riff by Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.

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