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You know the deal...
5 stars: <Insert witty remark about excellency> 28%  28%  [ 30 ]
4 stars: Heyyyy Ohhhhhh 39%  39%  [ 41 ]
3 stars: It's OK 26%  26%  [ 28 ]
2 stars: Just another brick in the wall 1%  1%  [ 2 ]
1 star: Hmm, the girl from 5 rows over seems pretty hot 3%  3%  [ 4 ]
0 stars: Toilet break! 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 105
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 Post subject: SOTM #83- You guys ready? The shades go down...
PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:11 pm 
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you guys ready...?
alone...listless...breakfast table in an otherwise empty room
young girl...violins(ence)...center of her own attention
mother reads aloud, child tries to understand it
tries to make her proud
the shades go down, it's in her head
painted room...can't deny there's something wrong...
don't call me daughter, not fit to
the picture kept will remind me
don't call me daughter, not fit to
the picture kept will remind me
don't call me...
she holds the hand that holds her down
she will...rise above...
don't call me daughter, not fit to
the picture kept will remind me
don't call me daughter, not fit to be
the picture kept will remind me
don't call me...
don't call me daughter, not fit to
the picture kept will remind me
don't call me daughter, not fit to be
the picture kept will remind me
don't call me...
the shades go down
the shades go down
the shades go, go, go...


If you’ve only heard one Pearl Jam song chances are pretty good that it’s Daughter. A staple on the radio and during concerts throughout the years, it is a favorite of fans, but it seems that it isn’t applauded too greatly by the hardcore fans (especially on RM.)

Nonetheless, it takes about half a second to recognize the beautiful chords that Stone brings this song in with. Great rhythm in the intro, along with the fun of Dave’s hi-hat, the rhythm here really sets the tempo for the rest of the song.

Shortly after, Ed comes in with emotion really complimenting the instrumentals in this song. I feel that this song has that characteristic just a little bit more than some other PJ songs (but all are great.)

Here is where the trouble arises:

What is Ed trying to say in this song?

I think this song is about a little girl who has been abused by her mother.

alone...listless...breakfast table in an otherwise empty room

Here, the girl is working alone trying to do whatever it is to please her mother, because that’s all she wants to do. Without pleasing her mother, the girl has nothing to live for, she’s all alone.

young girl...violins...center of her own attention

But it isn’t enough for the mother, who abuses her little girl for not doing what she said. The little girl is the center of her own attention because she, herself is the only thing she has in this world. Without the praise of her mother, she has nothing else, but she can’t even get that.

mother reads aloud, child tries to understand it
tries to make her proud

Here again, the girl is shown trying to please her mother, but again fails to do so.

the shades go down, it's in her head
painted room...can't deny there's something wrong...

Here I think is where the little girl has lost it. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with her mother anymore, she has given up. She knew there was something wrong and got away. She ran away from her mother.

don't call me daughter, not fit to
the picture kept will remind me

Now the girl, eternally mad at her mother, doesn’t even want to known as her daughter. She doesn’t want to be called her daughter because the young girl believes that her mom has lost the right when she continually lost her temper and beat her child. And the little picture that the girl takes with her symbolizes that that is all she’ll ever need to remember her mother and nothing else. The girl wants to forget her past and start a new life, but for now, she’s saddened, and it seems that there is no hope.

The song closes fading out with Ed singing:

the shades go down
the shades go down
the shades go, go, go........................

Hopefully someday the girl would pick herself up and move on.


With the good instrumentals and the so-so lyrics I’d give this song a 3, but because it’s one of Pearl Jam’s most famous, I’ll bump it up to 4 stars.

Previous Songs of the Moment
1. In My Tree
2. Red Mosquito
3. Porch
4. I Got Id
5. Release
6. Do The Evolution
7. Breath
8. Corduroy
9. Elderly Woman...
10. Leash
11. Hail Hail
12. Grievance
13. Love Boat Captain
14. Even Flow
15. Black Red Yellow
16. In Hiding
17. Can't Keep
18. Indifference
19. Insignificance
20. Whipping
21. Black
22. Smile
23. Push Me Pull Me
24. Rats
25. God's Dice
26. All or None
27. Yellow Ledbetter
28. Last Exit
29. Who You Are
30. Rearview Mirror
31. Hold On
32. Present Tense
33. Light Years
34. Alive
35. Brain of J
36. Thumbing My Way
37. Hard to Imagine
38. Tremor Christ
39. Rival
40. Animal
41. Lukin
42. You Are
43. betterman
44. Given to Fly
45. Once
46. Low Light
47. Parting Ways
48. Off He Goes
49. Go
50. get right
51. World Wide Suicide
52. Angel
53. MFC
54. Long Road
55. Why Go
56. Nothingman
57. Save You
58. Of A Girl
59. Habit
60. Satan’s Bed
61. Faithful
62. Oceans
63. Gone
64. WMA
65. State of Love and Trust
66. Spin The Black Circle
67. Life Wasted
68. Arc
69. Garden
70. All Those Yesterdays
71.Sleight of Hand
72. Other Side
73. Let Me Sleep
74. I’m Open
75. Blood
76.Nothing As It Seems
77. All Night
78. Jeremy
79. No Way
80. Around The Bend
81. Immortality
82. Comatose

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Oh boy this will get a great reaction. :roll:

As for me, I've won many a fan over with this song. Nice catchy little tune. 4 stars.

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Every time I tell someone Pearl Jam is my favorite band, they always respond by singing "don't call me daughter..". i'm like "dude they have more than that one song." :lol:

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meh... I kinda hate this song and like it alot at the same time.
its way overplayd, especially live. I think they should give it a rest live.

I think bee Girl and this song are about the same person.

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I dread this song. The lyrics make absolutely no sense and the outro just drags. And to boot, I fucking hate it live unless it has a good tag.

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It was kind of fun to growl


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one of the few pre-2000 pj songs i like.

4.25.03 version w/ people have the power :thumbsup:

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I tend to get tired of it, but I do like the song. I love when it has a good tag.

I would say 3.5/4 stars.

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godeatgod wrote:
It was kind of fun to growl


link it up geg.

i like this song, it's neat, riff is awful though, the first couple of times i heard i thought it was neat but after a while i really can't stand it anymore. but the lyrics are decent, and it's always fun live to see what tag you get.

3.5 stars


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It is a great song, but I must admit it is one of the few Pearl Jam songs I am sick of, mind you when i heard it live last year it was pretty fu..ing good, 4 stars.

However if you have heard a song too much it does not make it a bad song, which some people on this board think it does :? or if lots of casual fans like it :roll:

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but because it’s one of Pearl Jam’s most famous, I’ll bump it up to 4 stars.


sorry pete that is a logic I can not understand :?


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I don't like it too much. But with a nice tag it's something I would endure on any setlist.


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I can't think of a remark to put in for the 5-star vote. I guess it doesn't matter too much- it won't get too many of those.

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I like it with a good tag, otherwise it's a 3/5. Catchy tune though.

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4 stars...


...5 stars with "It's OK"

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"Daughter" gets 3 stars from me.

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I gave it 4. I really don't care if I see it live, but it is fun when they do play it (I guess). I like it when paired with RVM. Nice little story (shades go down...finally the shades are raised).

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I've been told that this song is about a daughter that Ed's mother gave up for adoption before Ed was born. However that may change how you look at it...

3 stars.

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4 stars even though a lot of people hate it

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Fantastic song. The ending is mildly fun in concert, but on the right boot is fucking amazing to listen to on the road at night.


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I like this song a lot 4/5.


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