Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”

November 5, 2022

Pearl Jam – Jeremy (Official 4K Video)

Today’s song of the day is “Jeremy,” a grunge single by Pearl Jam, the American rock band. Here are a few fun facts about the song and Pearl Jam.

Song Facts:

  • The song “Jeremy” was inspired by a newspaper article Eddie Vedder read about the story of Jeremy Wade Delle. The newspaper article described how Jeremy Wade Delle, a high school student shot himself in front of his class on January 8, 1991.
  • Vedder said that he could relate to the sad story because of his own experience. He described a classmate in 7th grade that “kind of freaked out and brought a gun to class one day.” Thankfully, no one was hurt in this scenario, as he shot a fish tank. Vedder had gotten into a fight with the kid a year before and was impacted greatly by the experience. 
  • “Jeremy” reached the number 5 spot on the mainstream MRB (Modern Rock Billboard) charts. Because it was not released as a commercial single in the United States, it could not enter the Billboard 100.
  • When the song was re-released in July 1995, it ranked #79 on the US charts.
  • Jeremy was part of the Ten studio album. This was the first album released by Pearl Jam in 1991.
  • Pearl Jam was formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. The original band’s lineup consisted of Jeff Ament (playing bass guitar), Stone Gossard (playing rhythm guitar), Mike McCready (playing lead guitar), and Eddie Vedder (lead vocals, guitar). Matt Cameron (playing drums) joined the band in 1998.
  • The studio album was the band’s first of all 11 they have produced.

Lyrics 

At home drawing pictures

Of mountain tops

With him on top

Lemon yellow sun

Arms raised in a V

And the dead lay in pools of maroon below

Daddy didn’t give attention

Oh, to the fact that mommy didn’t care

King Jeremy the wicked

Oh, ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today

Jeremy spoke in class today

Clearly I remember

Pickin’ on the boy

Seemed a harmless little fuck

But we unleashed the lion

Gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady’s breast

How could I forget

And he hit me with a surprise left

My jaw left hurting

Dropped wide open

Just like the day

Oh, like the day I heard

Daddy didn’t give affection, no

And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear

King Jeremy the wicked

Oh ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today

Jeremy spoke in class today

Jeremy spoke in class today

Try to forget this (try to forget this)

Try to erase this (try to erase this)

From the blackboard

Jeremy spoke in class today

Jeremy spoke in class today

Jeremy spoke in

Spoke in

Jeremy spoke in

Spoke in

Jeremy spoke in class today

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