Pearl Jam - I Am Mine - Meaning of the song
"I Am Mine" is a song by American rock band Pearl Jam. Written by vocalist Eddie Vedder, "I Am Mine" was released on September 23, 2002, as the first single from the band's seventh studio album, Riot Act (2002). The song peaked at number six on the BillboardModern Rock Tracks chart. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album.
It was written by vocalist Eddie Vedder in a hotel room near Virginia Beach, Virginia before the band's first show after the Roskilde tragedy in 2000. Vedder said that he wrote the song to "reassure myself that this is going to be all right."
Drummer Matt Cameron on said:
It seems like it has all the elements this band is known for: strong lyrics, strong hook, and a good sense of melody. It wasn't a really tough decision to have that be the starting point for the record.
The lyrics for "I Am Mine" tackle existential matters. At the band's April 8, 2003, show in New Orleans, Louisiana at the UNO Lakefront Arena, Vedder stated:
"This song is about what's inside you. You own it, and you have the freedom for it to come out. It's allowed to come out. It is also about personal safety, and the feeling of being secure, and even free."
I Am Mine - Lyrics
The selfish, they're all standing in line Faithing and hoping to buy themselves time Me, I figure, as each breath goes by I only own my mind North is to south what the clock is to time There's east and there's west and there's everywhere life I know I was born and I know that I'll die The in-between is mine I am mine And the feeling gets left behind All the innocence, lost at one time Significant behind the eyes There's no need to hide We're safe tonight The ocean is full 'cause everyone's crying The full moon is looking for friends at high tide The sorrow grows bigger when the sorrow's denied I only know my mind I am mine And the meaning that gets left behind All the innocents lost in one time Significant, behind the eyes There's no need to hide We're safe tonight And the feelings get left behind All the innocents broken with lies Significance between the lines We may need to hide And the meanings that get left behind All the innocence, lost in one time We're all different behind the eyes There's no need to hide Yeah!