Gonna See My Friend

Album: Backspacer (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This high-energy rocker is the opening track from American alternative rock band Pearl Jam's ninth studio album, Backspacer.
  • Brad Wheeler of the Toronto Globe and Mail spoke to Eddie Vedder about this track. The Pearl Jam frontman recalled: "All I remember is writing it in a little room on a small table with a little 4-track tape machine. I got it sounding loud real quick, without disturbing the neighbors. I work using headphones a lot. I'm not going to have any hearing left. We all make sacrifices at our jobs, and my hearing is obviously going to be the first thing to go."
  • In an interview with Canadian radio station The Edge, Vedder called this a "drug song," but elaborated that it's about going to see a friend to stay off drugs.

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