Once

Album: Ten (1991)
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  • I admit it, what's to say
    I'll relive it, without pain
    Backstreet lover on the side
    Of the road
    I got a bomb in my temple that is gonna explode
    I got a .16 gauge buried under my clothes, I play

    Once upon a time I could control myself
    Once upon a time I could lose myself
    Oh try and mimic, what's insane
    I am in it, where do I stand?

    Indian summer I hate the heat
    I got a backstreet lover on the passenger seat
    I got my hand in my pocket so determined discreet, I pray

    Once upon a time I could control myself
    Once upon a time I could lose myself
    Once upon a time I could control myself
    Once upon a time I could lose myself
    Once upon a time I could love myself
    Once upon a time I could love you
    Once
    Once
    Once
    Once
    Once
    Once
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah Writer/s: Eddie Jerome Vedder, Stone C. Gossard
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Miles from West Linn, OrYou forgot to mention that in "Alive" the mother molests him due to the resemblance of his father. THAT'S what scars him. Not the reveal. It's the molestation.
  • Anthony from Orange Park, FlEd says something bout "back street lover on the side i got a bomb in my temple and its gonna explode i got a 16 gauge buried ender my clothes i play...... i got a backstreet lover in the passenger seat" i think its about a whore, and maybe him killing whores, i think he says "I listen to you"
  • Matt from Xyz, Poland"Oh, Indian summer and I hate the heat"- maybe it refers to "Indian summer" song by The Doors.
  • Jacob from Rocky Mount, NcThe intro is part of Master/Slave, so the first part is about the master, so it can't say "I listen to your voice" that would be the slave. It acually says "I listen to no one" as in saying the master does not listen to what people say, but the slave listens to the master. Speaking of Master/Slave, I love that intro! It really starts off the cd well, and ends it well too! Besides that, I love this song too.
  • Sippe from Saskatoon, Canadawhat an f-ing amazing song. And the whole intro music on the Ten album - my God!!! It totally makes my heart pound when they first get into it everytime. There's not a better song in the world to listen to.
  • Elliot from St. Louis, MoIn the intro, Eddie is just moaning. The first 25 or so seconds are a bonus track called Master/Slave. If you notice, the bass line coems back as a reprise after Release.
  • The Jorge from Hell, Otherwhat does he say in the beginning around 0:19-0:23, i think he says "I listen to your voice." I can't hear because the instruments are much louder no matter how high I turn up the song.
  • Jason from Worcester, MaVedder speaks the lyrics "You think i've got my eyes closed, I'm looking at you the whole f*cking time" at 2:48 into the song right before the last chorus. Not at the end of the song.
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