This aggressive rocker finds Eddie Vedder reflecting on what he considers to be the hypocrisy surrounding religion. The singer is questioning why it is still considered bad manners to condemn faith groups when such disgraceful actions such as the child sex abuse scandals are occurring.
"I've got an unfortunate feelin'
I've been beating down
I feel I don't believe
And now the truth is coming out
What they've taken is more than a vow
They've taken your innocence
And then they throw them on a burning fire
All along they're sayin'
Mind your manners."
Vedder told The Sun
. "I hate the whole, 'Our way or the highway.' And then it becomes hypocritical when you see so many of the things which have come out of those organizations – like the abuse of children and then its cover up. I have never seen such a dastardly abuse of hypocrisy."
Pearl Jam's contempt for religion was previously expressed on the Yield
" where Vedder sings, "M.Y.T.H is belief in the game. Controls that keep us in a box of fear."