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Old 06-10-2007, 04:58 PM   #1
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Pearl Jam - "Love Boat Captain" Appreciation

As any big Pearl Jam fan knows, they have a lot of material out there, but this one gets me every time, such a powerful and dark song. If I was forced to pick a favorite PJ song, it'd have to be this.
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:27 PM   #2
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Beautiful beautiful song!

Is this just another phase? earthquakes making waves,...
Trying to shake the cancer off? stupid human beings,...
Once you hold the hand of love,.. its all surmountable.




Riot Act has some absolutely killer songs and some filler.
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:29 PM   #3
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True, I'm also partial to "Cropduster" and "Bu$hleaguer"
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let the show begin...
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Beautiful beautiful song!

Is this just another phase? earthquakes making waves,...
Trying to shake the cancer off? stupid human beings,...
Once you hold the hand of love,.. its all surmountable.



Easily one of their best

My starts right where you left off

hold me and make it the truth
that when all is lost there'll be you
cuz to the universe, i don't mean a thing
and there is just one word i still believe
and it's love...


Then, there are the most painful lines maybe ever in a PJ song...given what happened at Roskilde:

it's an art to live with pain, mix the light into grey
lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today
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Then, there are the most painful lines maybe ever in a PJ song...given what happened at Roskilde:

it's an art to live with pain, mix the light into grey
lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today
That wasn't about 9/11?
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I appreciate this.
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That wasn't about 9/11?
Nope, but interesting that you mention that. All great songs are universal at times, but the lyrics relate specifically to a European festival at Roskilde in 2000, where nine fans were crushed to death during PJ's set. It wasn't a Pearl Jam show, and the band had no input in security whatsoever. There were over 70,000 people in attendance. From the stories I've heard, the band stopped repeadedly to calm the crowd, but the domino effect was so overwhelming once a few of them got rowdy that there was no stopping the damage. It was pretty awful, and the band briefly considered breaking up from various reports. They also took a lot of heat from so-called experts who claimed their concerts were "violent," and so on. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I've yet to see a band place a greater importance on fan security than Pearl Jam, U2 included. They're actually known for being fan-friendly in every aspect of their operations. The issue in this case was a lapse in security from the festival organizers. There was a lack of railings/dividers that would have protected people from being hurt.

I used to have a pic from the show where Eddie looked so distraught...can't find it now, but he was completely broken
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Until recently the event caused them to not play festivals.
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Until recently the event caused them to not play festivals.
Yep. It's really interesting to watch clips from Leeds and Reading last year...Eddie addresses the crowd several times to ensure "everyone is okay." Security aside, it must have been a huge psychological barrier to play those larges venues once again.
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My favorite from Riot Act. It's great when it builds and builds to an awesome climax (excellent McCready solo - that guy was really great on that album; I Am Mine, 1/2 Full and All or None have as well some excellent guitar work).
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Love Boat Captain being played live in images:






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That wasn't about 9/11?
i think the common thought is that I Am Mine is about 9/11, or moreso life after 9/11
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:21 PM   #15
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Well the beauty of many PJ songs, like many U2 songs is that while they may have been written about something, but their lyrics leave enough open to be applied to many things, while those specific lines do refer to the Rokslide incident, the message of the song can still be broad.
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