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Vedder Tuesday ⅩⅩⅩⅥ: Corduroy

Many popular bands have had perils-of-fame lyrics.  And I cannot usually relate to them, even if (like Rush's Limelight and Queensrÿche's Anybody Listening?) they are beautifully written.

But Corduroy is an exception.  Corduroy, for me, has always seemed a song for anyone who has ever felt a disconnect between what people expect of him and what he wants of himself, and has felt the need to challenge this.  A song, that is, for everyone.

I once read a review of the album Vitalogy that described Corduroy as "a thinly-veiled pop song".  Veil or no veil -- pop or not-pop -- I think it's a great song, the lyrics to which can resonate in many a heart.

The waiting drove me mad
You're finally here and I'm a mess
I take your entrance back:
Can't let you roam inside my head

I don't want to take what you can give
I would rather starve than eat your bread
I would rather run but I can't walk
Guess I'll lie alone just like before

I'll take the varmint's path
Oh, and I must refuse your test
Push me and I will resist --
This behavior's not unique

I don't want to hear from those who know
They can buy, but can't put on my clothes
I don't want to limp for them to walk --
Never would have known of me before
I don't want to be held in your debt
I'll pay it off in blood, let I be wed
I'm already cut up and half dead
I'll end up alone like I began

Everything has chains; absolutely nothing's changed
Take my hand, not my picture, spilled my tincture

I don't want to take what you can give
I would rather starve than eat your breast
All the things that others want for me
Can't buy what I want because it's free
Can't buy what I want because it's free
Can't be what you want because I'm...

I ain't supposed to be just fun --
Oh, to live and die, let it be done
I figure I'll be damned, all alone like I began

It's your move now:
I thought you were a friend, but I guess I, I guess I hate you

One Response to Vedder Tuesday ⅩⅩⅩⅥ: Corduroy

  1. Huh. I always thought it was "I'll take your interest back."


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