Pearl Jam's first release of original music since their 2013 album Lightning Bolt, "Can't Deny Me" was first put out as a surprise early download on March 10, 2018 for active members of the band's fan group, the Ten Club. It was subsequently made available for purchase at digital stores and streaming services.
"Can't Deny Me" was co-produced by Pearl Jam and longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien and was recorded in Seattle in February 2018. The music for the track was written by guitarist Mike McCready and lyrics by vocalist Eddie Vedder.
A politically charged song, "Can't Deny Me" features apparent critical references to President Donald Trump - albeit without mentioning his name.
Your ignorance is sinful You plant your lying seeds Watch as the roots take hold The country you are now poisoning Condition critical
Pearl Jam performed "Can't Deny Me" live for the first time at the band's first show of 2018, which took place on March 13 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. Eddie Vedder spoke to the crowd in Spanish and dedicated the song to the "incredible" students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
John Lennon wrote "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" about Richard Cooke, a hunter he met at the Maharishi's camp in India. Cooke hasn't shot anything since the camp, except with his camera - he became a freelance photographer for National Geographic.