Nothingman

  • Once divided...nothing left to subtract...
    Some words when spoken...can't be taken back...
    Walks on his own...with thoughts he can't help thinking...
    Future's above...but in the past he's slow and sinking...
    Caught a bolt 'a lightnin'...cursed the day he let it go...
    Nothingman... (2x)
    Isn't it something?
    Nothingman...
    She once believed...in every story he had to tell...
    One day she stiffened...took the other side...
    Empty stares...from each corner of a shared prison cell...
    One just escapes...one's left inside the well...
    And he who forgets...will be destined to remember...oh...oh...oh...
    Nothingman... (2x)
    Isn't it something?
    Nothingman...
    Oh, she don't want him...
    Oh, she won't feed him...after he's flown away...
    Oh, into the sun...ah, into the sun...
    Burn...burn...
    Nothingman... (2x)
    Isn't it something?
    Nothingman...
    Nothingman... (2x)
    Coulda' been something...
    Nothingman...
    Oh...ohh...ohh... Writer/s: Eddie Jerome Vedder, Jeffrey Allen Ament
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • April 1, 1996 from Bethlehem L.c.This song will always have a special place in my life. I was 17, driving in a remote area and came upon a woman running down the road waving her arms. I stopped and put down my window, assuming she had some car trouble. Everything after that moment changed my outlook on life, and what the world can do to you if you let it. Her husband had left a suicide note earlier that day and she found his car parked in a church parking lot within eyesight. I called the police from a nearby home, but they wouldn’t be there for some time. She hadn’t brought herself to look in the car, so I went alone. The windows were completely fogged, so I had to open the door. What I saw will never leave my mind. The revolver sitting in his lap still in his right hand. The white dress shirt. The blood. The thin mustache. The finality. Time had stopped. I don’t know how long I was there, and then I heard a voice approaching. She had followed me, even though I’d asked her not to. I had to physically restrain her as she flailed at me, trying to get to the car. It seemed like forever. She knew what was behind the foggy windows, and I knew she didn’t need to see it. The police finally arrived as we held onto each other in the parking lot. I made my reports to the troopers and was eventually just turned loose. No offers to speak with anyone about what I’d just been through. I don’t even think they notified my parents. Later that night I was to practice a Spanish dialogue for school with my friend. On the way to his house on yet another remote, dark road, Nothingman came onto the radio. It was like poetry reaching out to me through the darkness. I never made it through our Spanish session. As I went to get into my car to leave late that night, I froze. The windows were fogged and I couldn’t open the door. I just stood there, with the lyrics to Nothingman running through my head. It’s 2020 now, 24 years later, and I still have a hard time opening a car that I can’t see into. And every time I hear Nothingman, it takes me back to that day, that road, that church, and what was inside a Chrysler LeBaron that forced me to grow up a little sooner than I’d planned. He who forgets will be destined to remember.
  • Tonya from IndianaWhat's the kingdom of heaven worth to you? Nothing and Everything undoubtly Samson and Delilah at her once believed in every story he had to tell then one day she's different and took the otherside once divided with nothing left to subtract some words spoken can't be taken back curses the day he let it go his secret and he who forgets will be destined to remember oh into the sun" Samson "son of the sun my burns burns eyes see one just escapes and ones left inside the well...God knew ownership the Black Pearl at worlds end on 10 album #5 #9 #2 evenflow at Delilah gives back 1 silver Dollar see connect-I-cut In God we Trust Not Even scissors and spice" Exotic Birds " Back-space-R ...The End
  • Lily from Los Angeles, CaQuote from Vedder in a 1994 interview with the LA times about his girlfriend, soon to be wife, Beth Liebling: "...I just know that without her, I'd be a kite without a string, a nothing man."
  • Sarah from Porterville, CaI too, love this song. I love all of their music, but yes this song is underrated! So powerful, I grew up to their music, and it plays in my soul on a daily basis..Great Band, Great people.
  • Bill from Pierce , IdArguably the most emotionally powerful, haunting song they ever made. An overlooked gem...
  • Raygun from Kathmandu, NepalThis is one of the best song i've ever heard...
    if it was a composed by any other band it wouldn't have been that much good..
    and Eddie's vocals are really heart feeling...
    i feel a chill in my heart when he sings shivering...the lyrics and the way Eddie sings is a perfect combination....like a perfect song...
  • Bryan from Spring, TxOne of the most underrated Pearl Jam songs in my opinion...
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