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Eddie Vedder wrote this before joining Pearl Jam while he was still in his teens. He performed it with his previous band, a San Diego based group called Bad Radio.
This is about a woman who settles for the man she has because she doesn't think she can do any better. Vedder had his stepfather in mind when he wrote it. After Eddie's biological father died, his mother remarried, and Eddie thought she did it only because she needed someone to help support the family. (thanks, Zipper - Phoenix, AZ, for above 2)
At some concerts, Vedder has dedicated this to "The bastard who married my mother."
Only the second Pearl Jam song to chart in the US. Many of their songs were not released as singles in America, which encouraged fans to buy the albums.
The album was released as a vinyl record 2 weeks before it was issued on CD. Vinyl was completely outdated, but many people still had record players and Pearl Jam liked the imperfect sound of albums, with the scratches and blips providing a different listening experience each time.
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