Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
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Yellow Ledbetter Lyrics

Unsealed, on a porch a letter sat
Then you said, "I wanna leave it again"
Once I saw her on a beach of weathered sand
And on the sand I wanna leave her again

On a weekend I wanna wish it all away, yeah
And they called and I said that I'll go
And I said that I'll call out again
And the reason I oughta leave her calm, I know
I said, "I don't know whether I'm the boxer or the bag"

Ah yeah, can you see them out on the porch?
Yeah, but they don't wave
I see them 'round the front way, yeah
And I know and I know I don't wanna stay

Make me cry!
(Guitar Solo)

I see, I don't know why there's something else
I wanna drum it all away
I said, "I don't, I don't know whether I was the boxer or the bag"

Ah yeah, can you see them out on the porch?
Yeah, but they don't wave
I see them 'round the front way, yeah
And I know and I know I don't want to stay at all

I don't want to stay
I don't want to stay
I don't want to stay
I don't, I don't wanna stay
Ooo-Ah, Ooo-Ah-O

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Songwriter(s): Jeffrey Allen Ament, Smokey Rogers, Mike Mccready, Eddie Jerome Vedder
Copyright: Innocent Bystander, Unichappell Music Inc., Dallas Music Co., Scribing C-ment Songs, Jumpin' Cat Music, Polygram Int. Publishing Inc.
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Meaning to "Yellow Ledbetter" song text (13 meanings)
Justin W 04/13/10,18:58

I said I don't know if he was in a box or a bag. Song is about a friend of Eddie's whose last name is Ledbetter. His brother was killed in the gulph war.Yellow letter's were sent to families of K.I.A.
Leigh 12/06/11,12:19

I don't even care what the meaning is. To me the mystery of the words is what adds to it's greatness. However, sometimes we all have those moments where we don't know if we are the boxer or the bag!
AJ 11/16/11,12:09

Per Eddie it's about a 'crunchy looking' friend of his who went for a walk after receiving a letter his brother was killed in action and saluted a flag and waived at people sitting on their porch...
Chris 10/28/11,07:32

My favorite part about this song is that you can't understand what he is is left up to the listener to interpret what the song means therefore it's diff for everyone....genius
Pizza Joe 08/23/11,22:10

.....and, this song brings tears to my eyes nearly everytime I hear it. I love this song so much!!!!!
Pizza Joe 08/22/11,21:43

Any1 who has the Lost Dogs CD can read the insert and they will find Mike Mcready's comments that Drew pointed out. Eddie made up the lyrics on the spot, but he does change it up now and then as well
Esteban Ramirez 12/29/10,10:57

The only intelligible version of this song i've ever heard was from the Tibetan freedom concert live cd.
DREW 11/19/10,10:42

When they were recording this Mike Mcready was just jammin and Eddie started making up words as he went, but Justin is write regarding what its about, and yes Ed changes it up every time they do it!
Pete G 10/27/10,20:06

I ve loved pearl jam since there debut and this is my favorite song.twenty years later and my nineteen yr old daughter is a PJ Mega fan. I m truly a blessed man. Long live pearl jam. love you meg.
Rachael 10/16/10,11:08

Saw them at Hyde Park this year and it was a dream come true. There was electricity in the air when they played this.
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