Oh, so THOSE are the lyrics: Eddie Vedder’s isolated vocals from “Jeremy”

In Pearl Jam’s early days, Eddie Vedder’s YAAARRRROOOOWL style often obscured what he was actually singing. “Jeremy” wasn’t so bad–hey, it’s nowhere near as incomprehensible as “Yellow Ledbetter”–but his enunciation wasn’t the greatest. Here, then, are his isolated vocals so you can finally make out every word. I think. (Via

Alan Cross

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  • Back in ’96, at “Teacher’s College”, my group was presenting information on the Troubled Child. I decided to begin the presentation with the Jeremy music video. I sent an email to MuchMusic requesting a copy of the video to show to a group of 80 teacher candidates. I received a reply from Denise Donlon inviting me down to the station to pick up a VHS copy. I had to transcribe the lyrics while listening to the video because I couldn’t find lyrics on the internet back then. After listening to the vocals-only, I was 100% correct. Our group received an A+ on the presentation. I also showed 2 other music videos during the presentation, , Come Out and Play, by the Offspring, and 99 Ways to Die, by Megadeth. All 3 were on the VHS cassette that MuchMusic made for me.


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