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Riff: Pearl Jam – “Yellow Moon”

Oct 15, 2013

An echo that rings a bullet unchained/One life, one grave joins the parade/At night the sky grows dark with fallen stars/Who comes so far a headstone and grave/The colors turns grey, the black and white fades/Yellow moon on the rise

from Yellow Moon lyrics by Pearl Jam

In a stretch of last-minute balladry, the acoustic howls break out for an ominous moon tale painted black with allusions to suicide, or death of some perceived value system, an “echo” of a “bullet unchained” joining Vedder’s brood and a steel-horse riff from McCready to pan across the landscape.

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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