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Vedder Tuesday ⅩⅩⅣ: Elderly Woman Behind The Counter in a Small Town

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If I don't do one today (Monday) I'll have missed a week.  So sorry.

Ed once said that their first album dealt a lot with teen and youth angst, but that he figured older people felt it too, and wanted to make a song about that.  Here it is, the song with the longest title in the Pearl Jam catalog.

Elderly Woman Behind The Counter in a Small Town

I seem to recognize your face
Haunting, familiar -- yet I can't seem to place it
Cannot find the candle of thought to light your name
Lifetimes are catching up with me
All these changes taking place
I wish I'd seen the place
But no one's ever taken me
Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away
Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away

I swear I recognize your breath
Memories, like fingerprints, are slowly raising
Me, you wouldn't recall, for I'm not my former
It's hard when you're stuck upon the shelf
I changed by not changing at all
Small town predicts my fate
Perhaps that's what no one wants to see
I just want to scream "Hello!"
My God its been so long!
Never dreamed you'd return!
But now here you are, and here I am
Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away

The next one ... tomorrow?

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