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Riff: Pearl Jam – “Swallowed Whole”

Oct 14, 2013

I could choose a path, I could choose the word/I could start the healing, bring it now/I could be the sun, I could be the sound/I could set myself right here and drown

from Swallowed Whole lyrics by Pearl Jam

Should PJ grow some balls and exercise some of their inner punk, maybe this sentimental yin-yang wail wouldn’t a.) rehash what the title track does a decent job of chasing or b.) at least change its series of “could” affirmations into states of “ams.” “Until that day,” yes, “turn the page” quickly.

Riff by Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' resident Content Guru. 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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