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Riff: Pearl Jam – “Sleeping By Myself”

Oct 14, 2013

Forever be sad and lonely/Forever never be the same/Oh I close my eyes and wait for a sign/Am I just waiting in vain?

from Sleeping By Myself lyrics by Pearl Jam

A cruel castaway from the Into the Wild/Ukelele Songs sessions, PJ join Vedder quickly with tambourines and sunshine riffage, but encroaching rejoice just leads to desolation row. Call it the lonely point. But ‘lightning bolt’, remember, they called the damn record ‘lightning bolt’, WTF dudes?

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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