Even Flow

by Pearl Jam

Duration:
4:52
Released:
Apr 06, 1992
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Lyrics for Even Flow by Pearl Jam:

Verse 1
Freezin'
Rests his head on a pillow made of concrete, again
Oh, feelin'
Maybe he'll see a little better, set of days, ooh yeah
Oh, hand out
Faces that he sees time again ain't that familiar, oh yeah
Oh, dark grin
He can't help, when he's happy he looks insane, hm yeah

Chorus
Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away
Oh, someday yet, he'll begin his life again
Life again, life again...

Verse 2
Kneelin'
Looking through the paper though he doesn't know to read, oh yeah
Oh, prayin'
Now to something that has never showed him anything
Oh, feelin'
Understands the weather of the winters on its way
Oh, ceilings
Few and far between all the legal halls of shame, hey

Chorus
Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away
Oh, someday yet, he'll begin his life again
...Ah, whispering hands, gently lead him away
Him away, him away

Yeah!
Woo, ah yeah... fuck it up

Guitar Solo

Interlude
Hey man, you got a dollar?
Come on, just some spare change, man, I know you got
Well, God bless you, man, God bless you

Chorus
Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away
Oh, someday yet, he'll begin his life again
Oh, whispering hands, gently lead him away
Him away, him away... yeah!
Woo, ah yeah...

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Song Facts

“Even Flow” is the second single from Pearl Jam’s inaugural album Ten. It is a narration of the life of a homeless person. It is a favorite for many, including Matt Cameron (who was Soundgarden’s drummer at the time).

I distinctly remember hearing the chorus for “Evenflow” and thinking that’s HUGE. So hooky, it’s got a really rad Zeppelin huge rock feel to it. Although we’ve played it a couple of thousand times since I’ve been in the group I think that’s the quintessential Pearl Jam song. Even though it gets played out, the nuts and bolts of that song are just amazing.

Fun Fact: For their first album, Pearl Jam was very efficient in the studio, getting most songs done in just a few takes. However, “Even Flow” was an exception, requiring between 50 and 100 takes. Pearl Jam was a band with itinerant drummers, and Dave Krusen, who was their stickman at the time, had a hard time with this track. Said Krusen: “They had to edit the middle because I was speeding up at the end. It was just a nightmare.”

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