Do the Evolution

by Pearl Jam

Feb 08, 1998

Lyrics for Do the Evolution by Pearl Jam:


Verse 1
I'm ahead, I'm a man
I'm the first mammal to wear pants, yeah
I'm at peace with my lust
I can kill cause in God I trust, yeah
It's evolution, baby

Verse 2
I'm at peace, I'm the man
Buying stocks on the day of the crash
On the loose, I'm a truck
All the rolling hills, I'll flatten 'em out, yeah
It's herd behavior, uh huh
It's evolution, baby

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, he's my clone
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
This land is mine, this land is free
I'll do what I want but irresponsibly
It's evolution, baby

I'm a thief, I'm a liar
There's my church, I sing in the choir:
(Hallelujah, hallelujah)

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, admire my clones
'Cause we know, appetite for a nightly feast
Those ignorant Indians got nothin' on me
Nothin', why? Because...
It's evolution, baby

Verse 3
I am ahead, I am advanced
I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah
I crawled the earth, but now I'm higher
2010, watch it go to fire
It's evolution, baby
It's evolution, baby

Do the evolution
Come on
Come on, come on

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Song Facts

Released in 1998 as the 7th track on Yield, the song was not a huge radio single. It peaked at only #40 on the Mainstream Rock Charts, but over the years it’s become a favorite of critics and fans. Eddie Vedder has even called it his person favorite from Yield.

In a 1998 interview Eddie Vedder explained that the song is about someone that’s :

drunk with technology, who thinks they’re the controlling living being on this planet

Daniel Quinn’s novel Ishmael has been cited by Vedder as having a heavy influence on the content of the song.

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