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Album: I Am Mine single/Lost Dogs (2002)

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  • Mike McCready: "I was excited about it but I wanted it to sound heavier than it actually did when we recorded it. I liked how it came out, but it just didn't work with the rest of [Riot Act]. Even I had to admit it, but I didn't want to. It was relegated to B-side-dom. Originally it was supposed to be more of a crunch-type thing. It just came out a little bit lighter than I thought. But people seem to dig it when we play it live. I'm proud of it. I like the song."
  • The line, "You can't be neutral on a moving train" is the title of a book by author Howard Zinn. Eddie Vedder has said Zinn is one of his favorite authors.
  • Vedder and McCready wrote this after seeing the band Social Distortion in Los Angeles.
  • Vedder: "One of my favorites. Suffered from the 'One thing is not like the other' syndrome'" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Arman - College Station, TX, for all above

Comments: 1

  • Chris from Scranton, PaThis song is also on the Live at State College CD. It has very optimistic and uplifting lyrics, including, "If hope can rise from dirt like me/ It can be done." It also has several anti-drug references, such as "I think I'll throw these pills away."
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