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Satan's Bed 42%  42%  [ 33 ]
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Satan's Bed vs. Red Mosquito

Satan's Bed
It's not all been said...been said and done...
I've never slept in Satan's bed
Although I must admit...still visits my place
Uninvited, as you know, he don't wait
Funny how he always seems to fit in
Funny how I always want to give in
Sundays, Fridays, Tuesdays, Thursday, the same
Sometimes the special guest, he don't like to leave

Already...in love...

Who made, who made up, made up the myth
That we were born to be covered in bliss?
Who set the standard, born to be rich?
Such fine examples, skinny little bitch
Model, role model, roll some models in blood
Get some flesh to stick, so they look like us
I shit and I stink, I'm real, join the club
I'd stop and talk, but I'm already in love

Already...in love...

Torture...follows reward...
Follows torture...follows reward...

Never shook Satan's hand, look see for yourself
You'd know it if I had, that shit don't come off
I'll rise and fall, let me take credit for both
Jump off a cliff, don't need your help so back off
I'll never suck Satan's dick...
Again, you'd see it, you know, right round the lips
I'll wait for an angel, but I won't hold my breath
'magine they're busy, think I'm doing okay...
Already...in love...
Already...in love...
Already...in love...
Already...

Red Mosquito

Watched from the window, with a red mosquito
I was not allowed to leave the room
I saw the sun go down, and now it's coming up
Somewhere in the time between

I was bitten, must have been the devil
He was just paying me...
A little visit, reminding me of his presence
Letting me know, he's a-waiting... oh

Red man's your neighbor, call it behavior
While you're climbing up slippery hills
Two steps ahead of him, punctures in your neck
Hovering just above your bed
Hovering just above your bed

I was bitten, must have been the devil
He was just paying me...
A little visit, reminding me of his presence
And letting me know, he's a'waiting, he's a'waiting...
Ooh....

If I had known then what I know now...
If I had known then what I know now...
If I had known then what I know now...
If I had known then what I know now...


Previous The Best…
1.existential album closer
2. failing love song
3.seize the day song
4. anti-war song
5. song for unrequited love
6. song for a father
7. guitar solo
8. song about getting away
9.political call to arms
10. song for a blown love
10. Surf Song
11. Song about religious faith
12. song to define the band
13. search for personal contenment

14. song about being in love

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Two great songs that are near the top of my favorites (although not quite there).

Satans’ Bed first.


I love the playful defiance in the song. It is weighty subject matter, but the song has such a great melody and bouncy feel to it that it almost makes it easier to resist temptation. The singer is in a comfortable place that he can draw on to derive strength and make his struggles easier. However, I do think that the music is a little too dirty. A little less fuzz would have made this even stronger. It makes the song a bit too muddy when it needs to be clearer (plus Mike is far too buried in the mix)

Lyrically this has always been one of my favorites. In particular the second verse is just a masterpiece—and is one of the most important verses on the entire record. There is a realization (from first hand experience) that the honors and rewards that the devil offers us are illusory, and that underneath the world remains the same dirty and difficult place. Once we’ve accepted that we can rise and fall on our own, find love on our own, and empower ourselves to do whatever it is we have to do.

I must confess I’ve never been a fan of the satan’s dick line. A bit too crass.


Red Mosquito is another powerhouse. My favorite song on No Code (probably because it sounds like it should have been on Vitalogy), and one of the few songs they’ve written post Vitalogy that really sound epic. And it is appropriate here, since there is a quite a bit at stake in this song. I love the contrast between the relativiely tame verses and the huge chorus, and that the transition between the two is so fluid. Plus the fuzzy, dirty qualityof the music works much better than it does on Satan’s Bed since the subject is so unsure of himself. The song is punctuated by this clean acoustic moments that just get buried underneath the wall of fuzz and leads during the choruses—moments of clarity trampled by how overwhelming the temptation is.

Lyrically this might be the strongest song on No Code, and there are some heavy hitters lyrically on that record. I love the metaphor of the red mosquito for the devil or for temptation, a small seemingly insignificant little insect, but once you are bitten the bite is all you can focus on. The lyrics do a great job of conveying a sense of feeling trapped, and of the inevitability of giving in. Although, because this is a pearl jam song, the singer hasn’t quite given up yet. He’s bitten, but not quite beaten.

I wish eddie was louder in the mix during the outro, as it is a wonderful way to close the song—a real ‘wisdom from the old’ moment. But of course he didn’t know then what he knows now, which is what makes the lyric so plaintive. He didn’t know, and now he has to deal with the consequences


Two great songs, but Red Mosquito takes it

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Satan's Bed by a country mile. Great riff, great chorus, great sentiment.


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satans bed

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If there's a future poll for "worst PJ song", red mosquito better be one of the choices.

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Red Mosquito wins this easily.

I saw both of these songs at the same show. :shock:


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Angus wrote:
Red Mosquito wins this easily.

I saw both of these songs at the same show. :shock:

now that I've seen leash, satan's bed is at the top of my wishlist. I've gotten Red Mosqutio, which is great every time they do it

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if you have ideas for future best of's, and even better, would like to write the lead post, pm. I've only got five or 6 left from my list.

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red mosquito!!! if there was a soundtrack of my like for the last year, red mosquito would be on there.

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Red Mosquito. The verses in Satan's Bed are great, but I never felt the "Already in love" line made sense around them.

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dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
Red Mosquito. The verses in Satan's Bed are great, but I never felt the "Already in love" line made sense around them.


I think his point is that he doesn't need what the devil (or fame, the music industry, etc) is offering because he already has love

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stip wrote:
dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
Red Mosquito. The verses in Satan's Bed are great, but I never felt the "Already in love" line made sense around them.


I think his point is that he doesn't need what the devil (or fame, the music industry, etc) is offering because he already has love

and that love is jesus christ

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stip wrote:
dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
Red Mosquito. The verses in Satan's Bed are great, but I never felt the "Already in love" line made sense around them.


I think his point is that he doesn't need what the devil (or fame, the music industry, etc) is offering because he already has love

and that love is jesus christ


I got a call this morning about joining a bible study group. Think ed will be in it?

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Red Mosquito. The verses in Satan's Bed are great, but I never felt the "Already in love" line made sense around them.


I think his point is that he doesn't need what the devil (or fame, the music industry, etc) is offering because he already has love

and that love is jesus christ


I got a call this morning about joining a bible study group. Think ed will be in it?

i wouldnt be surprised if it was him calling you

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warehouse wrote:
stip wrote:
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dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
Red Mosquito. The verses in Satan's Bed are great, but I never felt the "Already in love" line made sense around them.


I think his point is that he doesn't need what the devil (or fame, the music industry, etc) is offering because he already has love

and that love is jesus christ


I got a call this morning about joining a bible study group. Think ed will be in it?

i wouldnt be surprised if it was him calling you


:lol: than eddie is sounding more and more like a middle aged black woman every day

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stip wrote:
warehouse wrote:
stip wrote:
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dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
Red Mosquito. The verses in Satan's Bed are great, but I never felt the "Already in love" line made sense around them.


I think his point is that he doesn't need what the devil (or fame, the music industry, etc) is offering because he already has love

and that love is jesus christ


I got a call this morning about joining a bible study group. Think ed will be in it?

i wouldnt be surprised if it was him calling you


:lol: than eddie is sounding more and more like a middle aged black woman every day

hopefully they will play that supremes cover ive been waiting for

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Satan's Bed, because it's angrier. :lol:

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isn't red mosquito about the time eddie got deathly ill? i've never looked at it as a song about temptation.

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Satan's Bed but only because I thought of Red Mosquito as a song about being quarintined like blazer said.

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