Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has a new track on the ‘Every Mother Counts 2012’ album titled “Skipping.” Right off the bat I love the song, it’s better than at least half of the stuff on Ukulele Songs. It’s a heartfelt love song from parent to child, and really shows a different side of Eddie. We started out with the angry young man on Ten singing about his own problems with his parents and his childhood on “Alive” and now on “Skipping” we hear Eddie as a parent himself expressing his love for his daughter. I think the lyric that shows the most growth for Eddie personally is, “All the loves lost and the one that I found, You lifted my gaze up off of the ground.”
The song opens with a child’s voice going “check check” and Eddie responding with “check check.” The child’s voice then says “daddy daddy” and Eddie starts singing. It’s a very laid back acoustic song, with a open ended melody that runs throughout the song. Very inspired lyrics from Eddie, basically about his love for his daughter and appreciating her youth. It won’t last forever, nothing does, but he tries to capture it in this song. Another theme of the song is that the love for his daughter is the type of love Eddie had sought throughout much of his life. For those who think Eddie’s gone totally soft, the song still has that dark Ed quality to it especially with some harrowing ‘ooohhhs’ at the end and some bittersweet lyrics in the song. It’s not just an ‘oh isn’t my life great now’ type of song, it’s acknowledging the road he’s traveled in life to where he is now, and how moments in life like childhood are fleeting but that love is really what conquers all.
For anybody interested in listening to the song, if you look hard enough online you’ll find it. My hint is the words that Pearl Jam’s forum moderators use to announce that tour dates are coming…tweet tweet…
theskyiscrape.com has a fantastic review up of the song.