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off he goes

No Code

Grunge rock pearl jam alternative rock 90s

The story of "Off He Goes" concerns a friend who periodically comes whirling in and out of the protagonist's life. In an interview, Vedder revealed himself to be the friend. Vedder said, "The song "Off He Goes" is really about me being a shit friend. I'll show up and everything's great and then all of the sudden I'm outta there..." In Allmusic's review of No Code, "Off He Goes" was cited as one song on the album that is "equal [to] the group's earlier masterpieces. Read more on

Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), Mike McCready (guitar), and Eddie Vedder (vocals). The band's fifth and current drummer is Matt Cameron, of Soundgarden, who has been with the band since 1998. Formed after the demise of Gossard and Ament's previous band, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam broke into the mainstream with its debut album, Ten, in 1991. Read more about Pearl Jam on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.

off he goes
pearl jam
Pearl Jam
Live On Two Legs
Off He Goes
Know a man. His face seen pulled and tense.
Like he's riding on a motorbike in the strongest winds.
So I approach with tact.
Suggest that he should relax, but he's always moving much too fast.

Said he'll see me on the flipside of this trip he's taking for a ride.
He's been taking too much on.
There he goes with his perfectly unkept clothes.
And there he goes.

He's yet to come back but I've seen his picture.
It doesn't look the same up on the rack.
Oh, we go way back.

I wonder about his insides.
It's like his thoughts are too big for his size.
He's been taken, where I don't know.
There he goes with his perfectly unkept hope.
And there he goes.

Oh, and now I rub my eyes for he has returned.
It seems my preconceptions are what should have been burned.
For he still smiles. And he's still strong.
Nothing's changed but the surrounding bullshit. That has grown.
Oh, and now he's home and we're laughing like we always did my same old, same old friend.
Until a quarter to ten. I saw the strain creep in.
He seems distracted and I know just what is going to happen next.
Before his first step he is off again.
Here we go.


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