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Go by Pearl Jam

Album: Vs.Released: 1993
  • Eddie Vedder has hinted that this song was actually written about his truck. Many people interpret it as being about child abuse. (thanks, Keith - Phoenix, AZ)
  • The line changes from "Don't go on me" to "Don't you want me" at the end. This could indicate the song is about child abuse. Asking an abusing parent, "Don't you want me" could be a child's attempt to find out why the parent is abusing them. (thanks, Elliot - St. Louis, MO)
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Comments: 11

I kinda figured that he was talking about a car or a truck when I heard the words, " Oh, please don't go out on me, don't go on me now. Never acted up before, don't go on me now." I didn't think Eddie would write about something as mundane as a truck but Obzcure's comment shed some light for me.Zero - Nowhere, Nj
The drum beat in the beginning sounds like "why go" off of tenMichael - Buford, Ga
At the United Center, 5/16/06, Eddie introduced "Go" as "how you beg and plead when you don't want someone to leave"Justin - Neoga, Il
thats wierd. "choke the walrus".. man just keep to your drugs.. anyway yes jack iron was from rhcp. but what does that have to do with this song? he didnt drum for them till well after this and only appeared on no code and yield. dave abruzeockus did this.. and yes its true that this song is about eddies truck. it was the only thing he had that kept him him during this time. everyone in the band were buying flash cars. but eddie kept his ebat up old truck jsut to avoid being tainted by fame.Obzcure - Auckland
Choke the walrus? maybe if you're on crack...Ashley - Moncton, Canada
The line "Don't go on me" is comonly misunderstood as "Choke the walrus". Lol, i love this song, and Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder, your drunk voice as really inspired me. Did anyone here know Pearl Jam's drummer Jack Iron's was the original drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers?Elliot - St. Louis, Mo
Vedder in one of his live acts said * ... This song is about begging someone not to leave , desperately desperately .... *
I dont think a vehicle can leave you unless you want to get rid of it yourself.
Suhaib - Karachi, Pakistan
Mostly Ed says 'don't go on me,' but once near the end he clearly says 'don't you want me.' Would someone say this about a vehicle? I dunno.Jam - Somewhere, England
well, i've always loved this song, but i'd never thought it was about an automobile until i looked at the lyrics....Reed - Hagerstown, In
The first verse certainly seems to suggest the song could be about a vehicle.Paulo - New York, Ny
I thought it was about death. "Please don't go on me."Kurt - Downers Grove, Il