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Rate Come Back
5 Stars: One of the best love songs I've ever heard 22%  22%  [ 20 ]
4 Stars: Very good song 34%  34%  [ 31 ]
3 Stars: Average 25%  25%  [ 23 ]
2 Stars: Meh.... 11%  11%  [ 10 ]
1 Star: Hope it won't come back 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
0 Stars: This piece of shit totally ruins Pearl Jam 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
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 Post subject: SOTM #95 I'll be here...
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Come Back

If I keep holding out
Will the light shine through?
Under this broken roof
It's only rain that I feel
I've been wishin' out the days
Oh oh oh
Come back
I have been planning out
All that I'd say to you
Since you slipped away
Know that I still remain true
I've been wishin' out the days
Please say that if you hadn't have gone now
I wouldn't have lost you another way
From wherever you are
Oh oh oh oh
Come back
And these days, they linger on, yeh, yeh
And in the night, I've been waiting for
A real possibility that I may meet you in my dreams
I go to sleep
If I don't fall apart
Will my memory stay clear?
So you had to go
And I had to remain here
But the strangest thing to date
So far away
and yet you feel so close
I'm not going to question it any other way
There must be an open door for you
To come back
And the days they linger on, yeh
Every night I'm waiting for
Is the real possibility that I may need to in my dream
And Sometimes you're there
and you're talking back to me
Come the morning I could swear you're next to me
And it's ok
It's ok
it's ok
I'll be here
Come back, come back
I'll be here
Come back, come back
I'll be here
Come back, come back
Oooooooo
Oooooooo
Oooooooo


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
83. Daughter
84. Alone
85. I am Mine
86. Down
87. Cropduster
88. Strangest Tribe
89. Inside Job
90. Drifting
91. Wishlist
92. Big Wave
93. Sad
94. Stupid Mop

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Come Back might be one of Pearl Jam’s simplest, yet effective songs from their new catalog. It is about the death of a loved one, close to the narrator of the song. Some speculate it might be about Johnny Ramone from Ed’s perspective. They often use the allusions made in the song, such as him appearing in his dreams and in the morning where the narrator swears the lost person is “next to him.” However, there are a lot more lines that lead me to believe it could be about anyone, and not necessarily Johnny. One of my favorite lines is from the opening verse. “If I keep holding out, will the light shine through? Under this broken roof, it’s only rain that I feel.” I love the feeling of hopelessness and desperation from this line, Ed’s vocal convey it excellently. Another one of my favorites comes from the middle of the song. “Will my memory stay clear? So you had to go, and I had to remain here. But the strangest thing to date, so far away, and yet you feel so close.” Again, the desperation and the disbelief is completely evident in Ed’s voice and the music. And the final, and perhaps my absolute favorite is the outro with Mike’s solo. The simple “I’ll be here…come back…come back…” really works well.

As a witness to the much talked about San Diego 06 show, many people have raved about the version of Long Road played after a very chilling Ed speech. But for me, what really added the knock-out punch was the version of Come Back performed afterwards. Seeing 15,000 silent fans sitting there with their jaws dropped, and feeling Ed’s desperation for “his teacher” to come back even after 11 years was there. Come Back is also one of the few songs from Avocado that I felt got better live, along with Life Wasted, Comatose and Big Wave. While it might not be the best song ever written, it certainly is a song that is easily relatable to and catchy. A 3.5 song for me, however closer to a 4 than a 3.

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i don't know if there will be a zero star option, but in any case it gets 1 star, only for the heartfelt emotion outro. other than that its utter crap, musically and lyrically.


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Beautiful song. I don't love it, but I like it a lot. 3.5 stars.


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I really like it. 3.14 stars.


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Surprisingly, this song hasn't held up over time for me all too well. I loved it upon first listen, and the many times that I heard it afterwards, but even now when I listen to it occasionally, it comes off as stale. I still appreciate the song for what it is, but it's not even close to being a better ballad than Parachutes.

The best part of the song, for me, is still the guitar part after the last "it's okay" line and the beginning of the outro ("I'll be here"...). There's more feeling in that small musical section than in all of the lyrics combined, even though I think that a few certain lines are great. But overall, it's lyrically generic. And that's okay, because the song still gets it's point across just fine. It just doesn't have enough to be a real standout in the grand scheme of things.

A steadfast 3.5 I normally don't do the ".5" thing, but this is one song that just falls in the middle of the rating road for me. For the emotion, better than a 3, but for originality, less than a 4.

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dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
I still appreciate the song for what it is, but it's not even close to being a better ballad than Parachutes.


Parachutes is my favorite song on Avocado. I think.


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dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
I still appreciate the song for what it is, but it's not even close to being a better ballad than Parachutes.


Parachutes is my favorite song on Avocado. I think.


It's not my favorite (Comatose gets that honor), but it's probably an extremely close second.

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dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
Surprisingly, this song hasn't held up over time for me all too well. I loved it upon first listen, and the many times that I heard it afterwards, but even now when I listen to it occasionally, it comes off as stale. I still appreciate the song for what it is, but it's not even close to being a better ballad than Parachutes.

The best part of the song, for me, is still the guitar part after the last "it's okay" line and the beginning of the outro ("I'll be here"...). There's more feeling in that small musical section than in all of the lyrics combined, even though I think that a few certain lines are great. But overall, it's lyrically generic. And that's okay, because the song still gets it's point across just fine. It just doesn't have enough to be a real standout in the grand scheme of things.

A steadfast 3.5 I normally don't do the ".5" thing, but this is one song that just falls in the middle of the rating road for me. For the emotion, better than a 3, but for originality, less than a 4.


I think you pretty much got my thoughts across with this whole post, though I'd probably give it 3 stars overall.

Ed is a singer who i always really believe - i never question his sincerity, but i feel that on this track the typical ballady music that dominates the whole song (up until the outro) really hinders the emotion he's trying to put across. I'm not sure if that makes sense...but i guess i'm saying that because the music doesn't feel fresh, it almost appears lazy, and that can affect the way a song hits you.

I also thing the lyrics are perhaps a little too straight forward for me to really appreciate, this may be intentional to be more blunt and powerful, but i just much prefer an Ed lyric with a bit more umm...substance. For instance...Given the themes of songs like Light Years and Hail Hail, there's all the potential for the lyrics to turn into a cheese-fest, yet Eddie pens some of his greatest lyrics and really shows off his strengths. I don't feel that there are many lines in Come Back where i could say to someone "woah! look at this section".

That said, you can hear a lot of heart in Ed's vocal delivery, and combined with this, the outro really saves it from becoming a 2 star affair.


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iceagecoming wrote:
dirtyfrank0705 wrote:
Surprisingly, this song hasn't held up over time for me all too well. I loved it upon first listen, and the many times that I heard it afterwards, but even now when I listen to it occasionally, it comes off as stale. I still appreciate the song for what it is, but it's not even close to being a better ballad than Parachutes.

The best part of the song, for me, is still the guitar part after the last "it's okay" line and the beginning of the outro ("I'll be here"...). There's more feeling in that small musical section than in all of the lyrics combined, even though I think that a few certain lines are great. But overall, it's lyrically generic. And that's okay, because the song still gets it's point across just fine. It just doesn't have enough to be a real standout in the grand scheme of things.

A steadfast 3.5 I normally don't do the ".5" thing, but this is one song that just falls in the middle of the rating road for me. For the emotion, better than a 3, but for originality, less than a 4.


I think you pretty much got my thoughts across with this whole post, though I'd probably give it 3 stars overall.

Ed is a singer who i always really believe - i never question his sincerity, but i feel that on this track the typical ballady music that dominates the whole song (up until the outro) really hinders the emotion he's trying to put across. I'm not sure if that makes sense...but i guess i'm saying that because the music doesn't feel fresh, it almost appears lazy, and that can affect the way a song hits you.

I also thing the lyrics are perhaps a little too straight forward for me to really appreciate, this may be intentional to be more blunt and powerful, but i just much prefer an Ed lyric with a bit more umm...substance. For instance...Given the themes of songs like Light Years and Hail Hail, there's all the potential for the lyrics to turn into a cheese-fest, yet Eddie pens some of his greatest lyrics and really shows off his strengths. I don't feel that there are many lines in Come Back where i could say to someone "woah! look at this section".

That said, you can hear a lot of heart in Ed's vocal delivery, and combined with this, the outro really saves it from becoming a 2 star affair.


:thumbsup: you hit the nail right on the head!
i think the song would shine even with the mediocre lyrics if the music was more "special" and the delivery more emotive...the whole album, even though i like it, is missing that something that makes most if not all other PJ albums amazing...even riot act, with its many "lazy" vocals, comes off better emotionally (not sure thats the word i want to use...maybe more powerfully) than this album does...just cant put my finger on it but this album in general just seems less full, not empty, but less powerful than the others...maybe because of production? yo no se... :(

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I like this song, and think its an awesome companion song to Life Wasted


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I really like this tune, although I think the overdriven solo at the end is fairly cheeseball rock power ballad stuff that undercuts the song's quiet loneliness a bit.


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I really loved "Come Back" at first, but now I think it's just above-average. Still a damn good song though.

3.5 stars.

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I really like come back but more beacuse of the last minute and a half of the song then anything else.
While the lyrics are not the most original, they are heartfelt and eddie sings it well.
I will say I don't listen to it nearly as much as i did when i 1st heard it
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McParadigm wrote:
I really like this tune, although I think the overdriven solo at the end is fairly cheeseball rock power ballad stuff that undercuts the song's quiet loneliness a bit.


Just reread the thread. Funny that the thing I like least about the song is what least people like the most.


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This one went from a top 3 avacodo song to a low 3. 3 stars.

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I'm pretty much wtih Frank on this (and the people who agreed wtih him).

I like the lazy ballad feel to the song. It is a song that feels like taking its time and I think the relaxed feel to it plays out really well. I also like Eddie's vocal take on this one--not lazy, just not rushed--like the peson is trapped somewhere and knows they aren't leaving so there is no urgency to it--just some storytelling (except for the end). The music is simple, but it is a 50's style throwback simple, so it feels more like an hommage than lazy songwriting. The lyrics are my biggest problem--some really nice lines here and there (under this broken roof it's only rain that I feel is my favorite--plus there are some nice tie ins to similar 'home' imagery in earlier songs) but too many lines are flat (not terrible, just flat--the lyrics aren't bad, just somewhat uninspired) or a bit repetitive

And like everyone but McP, I love the ending, which works not because it is so overblown (it isn't, esp compared to other songs in their catalogue) but because of the contrast with the leisurely main body of the song


It's a 3 star song for me, but probably close to 3 than 4

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