Thursday, October 28, 2010

You Should Experience Pearl Jam's "Do The Evolution" (Good Music)

It's been a long time since I saw a music video that meshed so well with its song.  

Who says art has to be uplifting?  It just needs to speak to us, and have a message worth hearing.  Here's a message worth listening to:

The lyrics, straight from Pearl Jam's Website:

Artist: Pearl Jam
Composer: Vedder/Gossard
I'm ahead, I'm a man
I'm the first mammal to wear pants, yeah
I'm at peace with my lust
I can kill 'cause in God I trust, yeah
It's evolution, baby

I'm at peace, I'm the man
Buying stocks on the day of the crash
On the loose, I'm a truck
All the rolling hills, I'll flatten 'em out, yeah
It's herd behavior, uh huh
It's evolution, baby

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, he's my clone
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
This land is mine, this land is free
I'll do what I want but irresponsibly
It's evolution, baby

I'm a thief, I'm a liar
There's my church, I sing in the choir:
(hallelujah, hallelujah)

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, admire my clones
'Cause we know, appetite for a nightly feast
Those ignorant Indians got nothin' on me
Nothin', why?
Because... it's evolution, baby!

I am ahead, I am advanced
I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah
I crawled the earth, but now I'm higher
2010, watch it go to fire
It's evolution, baby
Do the evolution
Come on, come on, come on
I'm always interested in discovering what influenced the creators of a song I enjoy.  The band cites a book called Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit as inspiration.  A few friends have been urging me to read Ishmael for a few months, without ever being able to convey what it's about.  Google to the rescue.  From
Ishmael is a half ton silverback gorilla. He is a student of ecology, life, freedom, and the human condition. He is also a teacher. He teaches that which all humans need to learn -- must learn -- if our species, and the rest of life on Earth as we know it, is to survive.
That book sounds like it's worth my time.

*Do The Evolution was originally recorded in 1997.  I'm stuck in the 90's.

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