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Pearl Jam (Originally released in 1962)


Pearl Jam has turned to the Dark Side of The Force. Henceforth, Eddie will be known as Darth Vedder.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Band Name Origins:

  • Pearl was one of the members' grandmother. She made jam. Their original name was Mookie after the NBA player, Mookie Blaylock. Their first album, Ten, was Mookie's number. Submitted by: Robert
  • Think "money shot". Earl the Pearl? Give me a break! Submitted by: Haven

Stupid Band Names:

  • Picture some Jam-like substance that's the same color a pearl would be, what does that remind you of?...yeah, gross. Submitted by: Thaddeus Gammelthorpe
  • Great band, and they supposedly named it after one of the guy's grandma's homemade jam. So why not *Pearl's* Jam? Does someone have a speech impediment? Submitted by: Kelly Norman
  • When was the last time you saw a pearl, jam? Submitted by: Mike

Former Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Eddie Vadder""Security guard"In his youth, Eddie Vedder patrolled the night shift as a security guard at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, Calif., recording music and surfing on his time off. In the '90s, Vedder was working at a gas station, before picking up with a Seattle-based group looking for a vocalist. Vedder’s self-recorded demo Momma-Son, highlighting his distinctive pipes and original lyrics, won him the gig. The band, Mookie Baylock, would later change their name to Pearl Jam after running into trademark issues. - Lefty Lucy
"Eddie Vedder""Gas station attendant"E-Ved was working as a gas station attendant when Jack Irons passed the demo tape onto him, which he then put vocals onto and became lead singer of Pearl Jam - GUILLOTINEinc

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Pry, To"p-r-i-v-a-c-y is priceless to me - RevengeFromMars YouTube
"Corduroy"I don't wanna take what you can give./ I would rather starve than eat your bread. - Brian Kelly
"Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town"Also known as "Hearts And Thoughts They Fade", since they repeat that so much toward the end. - rocky
"Wishlist"This song is literally a list of things Eddie is wishing about. (My personal favorite is "I wish I was the full moon shining off a Camaro's hood.") - Brian Kelly

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Pearl ClamNot just oysters can make pearlsJay
Paper JamA common problem in printersK.N. Pepper
Girl JamIf there's ever an all-female Pearl Jam cover bandRevengeFromMars YouTube
Pro GelIt seems that the band is more involved in looking good than playing good music.newave

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"In Haydn""In Hiding"Lad
"Let Me Keep!""Let Me Sleep"Jee
"Grellow Ledbetter""Yellow Ledbetter"Alison
"Blue Followedbetter""Yellow Ledbetter"Regina Haniger
"Red Ledworse""Yellow Ledbetter"Regina Haniger

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Yellow Ledbetter,"Whatever it is, I don't think it exists.Frosty The Cat
"Red Mosquito,"Mosquitos aren't red.Wanda Pierce

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Should I Stay Or Should I Go?," The Clash"Why Go?," Pearl Jam
"Buzz-Buzz-Buzz," The Hollywood Flames"Bugs," Pearl Jam
"Little Things," Bush"Bugs," Pearl Jam
"What's Your Favorite Color?," Living Colour"Black," Pearl Jam
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Just Breath" originally "Just Breathe"
"Lack" originally "Black"
Calvin Amari
"Let Me Seep" originally "Let Me Sleep"
Candy Welty
"Eve Flow" originally "Even Flow"
"Live" originally "Alive"

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Crazy Marcy" originally "Crazy Mary"
Rhonda Hindle
"Partying Ways" originally "Parting Ways"
Karen Smith
"Parting Sways" originally "Parting Ways"
Karen Smith
"Do The Revolution" originally "Do The Evolution"
Wendy Torrance
"Knot For You" originally "Not For You"
Same pronunciation, different meaning

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Panting Ways" originally "Parting Ways"
Karen Smith
"Porting Ways" originally "Parting Ways"
Karen Smith
"Parting Pays" originally "Parting Ways"
Candy Welty
"Parting Wags" originally "Parting Ways"
Candy Welty
"Parting Bays" originally "Parting Ways"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.


Feb 24
a parody of "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town" by Pearl Jam
Making fun of Pearl Jam's long title with one of my own. (MP3)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Jeremy""Herbie Kaye"Phil Ossifer
"Jeremy""Hennery's Moaning"CML
"Better Man""Fetterman"Arch Vile
"Better Man""Better Friend"SwimPuff165
"Alive""(I'm Still) A Guy"zvoidx
"Yellow Ledbetter""Mellow Trendsetter"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Quick Escape""New Building"Duc4AmIRight
"Last Kiss""Last Pape"Leigh Allason
"Better Man""Leatherman"Za Tawsch
"Alive""Luigi"Darius Whitehead

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
GoEnergy drinksAmIRightHead07
Just BreatheInhalerRich
Gods' DiceReligion Intercourse ProgramGlenn Rousseau
EvenflowPepto BismolMark Zara
AnimalThe ZooLarryHasHerpes182
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
AnimalAnimal ShelterGlenn Rousseau
RearviewmirriorCar Service HotlineGlenn Rousseau
Man Of The HourSuperhero HotlineGlenn Rousseau
BettermanDomestic Abuse Crisis HotlineJess
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Tell Her About It
   Billy Joel
   Pearl Jam
Tell Her Daughter About It
Take Time To Know Her
   Percy Sledge
   Pearl Jam
Take Time To Know Her Daughter
The Widow
   The Mars Volta
   Pearl Jam
The Black Widow
Combined title refers to a venomous spider
Britney Spears into pruning hooks
You Think You Know Her
   Cause And Effect
   Pearl Jam
You Think You Know Her Daughter
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Minnie Pearl
Minnie Riperton combined with Pearl Jam
Minnie Pearl (1912-1996) was a famous comedian. She appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and on Hee Haw.
Submitted By: Cody Finke
The Paper Jam
The Paper Chase combined with Pearl Jam
A common problem in computer printers.
Submitted By: K.N. Pepper
Lucy Pearl Jam
Lucy Pearl combined with Pearl Jam
Submitted By: Alice Spoonerism
Pearl Bailey Jam
Pearl Bailey combined with Pearl Jam
Submitted By: Jennifer

There are additional Pearl Jam Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Glorified G."
Misheard Lyrics:
Glorified virgin, I'm a pelican
Original Lyrics:
Glorified version of a pellet gun
"I Got ID"
Misheard Lyrics:
I got melodies
Original Lyrics:
I got memories
Misheard Lyrics:
I love Amstel Light
Original Lyrics:
Oh, I'm still alive
Misheard Lyrics:
I love Amstel Light
Original Lyrics:
Oh, I'm still alive.
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Glorified G."
Misheard Lyrics:
Low flying version of a pelican
Original Lyrics:
Glorified version of a pellet gun

Story about this misheard lyric by: Steve

My friend heard this when we were listening to the CD sometime soon after it first came out, there were 8 of us in his Dad's old Buick and the other 7 of us busted out laughing.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

Better Lyrics:
Jeremy Clarkson drove fast today.

Jeremy Clarkson's on "Top Gear" today.
Original Lyrics:
Jeremy spoke in class today.

Jeremy spoke in class today.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
Better Lyrics:
Jeremy smoked some grass today
Original Lyrics:
Jeremy spoke in class today
Submitted by: rocky
Better Lyrics:
Jeremy's a token black today
Original Lyrics:
Jeremy spoke in class today
Submitted by: rocky
There are additional parody fragments available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Light Years"
The Funny Lyrics:
I've understood feelings and I've understood words
But how could you be taken away?
Why They're Funny:
This whole song's funny because the band is telling the trendies (who liked Pearl Jam when they were popular and then dumped them) that they are completely irrational and can't think for themselves.
Submitted by: ZFF
"Soon Forget"
The Funny Lyrics:
Sorry is the fool who trades his soul for a corvette
Thinks he'll get the girl, he'll only get the mechanic
Why They're Funny:
Man! What an ingenious way to say that this rich dude will never get laid!
Submitted by: spacegirl

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Glorified G"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Glorified version of a pellet gun (4x)
And I always keep it loaded (4x)
Why They're Repetitive:
Tell it to the judge.
Submitted by: rocky
"Elderly Lady Behind The Counter In A Small Town"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Hearts and thoughts fade away
Why They're Repetitive:
Those lyrics drive me up the wall!!!!
Submitted by: Tenclubfan
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I would rather run but I can't walk,
Guess I lie alone just like a fork
Why They're Nonsensical:
So he can't run or walk but he can lie down - OK so far, but 'alone just like a fork'? What kind of comparison is that?
Submitted by: Jackie
"Yellow Ledbetter"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I said, I don't whether it's a box or a bag oh yeahhh
can you see them? on the porch, yeah...
but they don't wave
Why They're Nonsensical:
Incredibly difficult to get even those words which are debated as to what they really say, I am at loss for words, other than the music is pretty cool, minus the mumbling
Submitted by: Dana
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Insincere Song Lyrics:

The Insincere Lyrics:
Clearly I remember picking on the boy,
seemed a harmless little f***
Why They're Insincere:
Yeah its a good lyric and its a good song, but i just think its kinda insensitive to focus on that side of jeremys life so bluntly
Submitted by: George

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Last Kiss"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
She's gone to heaven so I've got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world
Why They're Misrhymed:
Good? World? This is possibly the most painful misrhyming I've ever heard. And it had to be in the chorus?
Submitted by: Tyler

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

The Lyrics:
I wish I was the full moon shining off a Camaro's hood.
Product Brand Name:
The Chevrolet Camaro.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Red Mosquito"
Opening Lines:
Watched from the window, with a red mosquito
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
"In My Tree"
Opening Lines:
Up here in my tree, yeah
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Boasting in Song Lyrics:

"Do the Evolution"
The Boasting Lyrics:
I'm the first mammal to wear pants, yeah
Yes, in fact, he is.
Submitted by: Glenn Rousseau

Song Title Space Change:

"Weven Flo" originally "Even Flow"
What if Flo doesn't want that done to her?
Submitted by: Peter
"Hey Foxy Mop Handle Mama, That's Me" originally "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me"
Submitted by: Glenn Rousseau
"Nothing A Sit Seems " originally "Nothing As It Seems"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"Nothin' Gas It Seems" originally "Nothing As It Seems"
A time when nothing farts?
Submitted by: George Straitjacket
"No Thing As It Seems" originally "Nothing As It Seems "
Submitted by: George Straitjacket

There are additional Song Title Space Change available.

Band Name Anagrams:

Ample Jar Submitted by: Candy Welty
Elm Jar, Pa Submitted by: Candy Welty
Jam Pearl Submitted by: Candy Welty
Switches the word order; meaning changes.
Jar Me, Pal Submitted by: Candy Welty
Pamela Jr. Submitted by: Gibran

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"My Jeer" originally "Jeremy"
Submitted by: Isac
"Oven Flew" originally "Even Flow"
Submitted by: Hayley Spalding
"Bent A Term" originally "Better Man"
How would a term get bent?
Submitted by: Joe Siebert
"Huge Dart" originally "Daughter"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Hated Rug" originally "Daughter"
The rug must've been really ugly.
Submitted by: Alexis

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Songs That Are Banned:

It was played with reference to a real teen suicide, by Jeremy Wade Delle, who had shot himself in front of his whole class,it's a real sad story. The video was banned, or just censored, because of the footage.
Submitted by: Screwdriver
"Another Brick In The Wall"
Banned by AT&T while being web-broadcast because the lyrics were altered to be critical of George W. Bush.
Submitted by: dxman
This song was banned on the US airwaves after the Columbia School shootings, and the music video was edited so as to not show the main character putting a gun in his mouth. (The song is about teen suicide.)
Submitted by: Diana

Super Long Pop Songs:

"All Those Yesterdays" Length: 7:40
So All Those Yesterdays is a 4 minute song but when it finishes theres silence then a couple seconds later the hidden track "Hummus" plays that is an eerie, VERY eerie, VERY VERY SO eerie song.
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Alive" Length: 5:41
Featured on their debut studio album, "Ten". I wonder if this song that lasting at 5 minutes and 41 seconds would be fit on a 7-inch single.
Submitted by: Wisnu Aji
"Release" Length: 9:06
Submitted by: DJ Blaze

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Wasted Reprise" Length: 0:52
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Lukin" Length: 1:02
From their album "No Code"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
"Pry, To" Length: 1:03
The lyrics: "p-r-I-v-a-c-y is priceless to me" repeated.
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube

Song Title Acrostics:

MOTH: "Man Of The Hour"
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Basin's Ted" originally "Satan's Bed"
Submitted by: Ned MacCamden
"Basin's Ted" originally "Satan's Bed"
Submitted by: Ned MacCamden
"Mara G." originally "Jeremy"
Submitted by: Alice Spoonerism
"Mara G." originally "Jeremy"
Submitted by: Alice Spoonerism
"Jane Of Bray" originally "Brain Of J."
Submitted by: Mae Beam

There are additional Song Title Spoonerisms available.

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Even Flow"
The Lyrics:
Freezin' rests his head on a pillow made of concrete again
Oh feelin' maybe he'll see a little betters any days
Oh hand out faces that he sees come again ain't that familiar
Oh dark grin he can't help when he's happy he looks insane
The song seems upbeat and lively, but the lyrics describe the experience of being homeless. And this is only the first verse.
Submitted by: Joe
The Lyrics:
Lemon yellow sun Arms raised in a V Dead lay in pools of maroon below
Daddy didn't give attention
To the fact that mommy didn't care
This song is actually about the kid - Jeremy - committing suicide. It's based on a true story that one of the band members had read in the newspaper.
Submitted by: Mr. Sally

Lyrics Alliteration:

The Lyrics:
why must we trust all these rusted rails?
2x R "rusted rails"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Pal Germ originally "Pearl Jam"
Submitted by: Dunga Gin
Jearl Pam originally "Pearl Jam "
Submitted by: Peter

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

Imagine a couple of drunk guys grabbing pots, pans, kazoos and making up lyrics like this at around 5am in the morning: "all these... i got bugs i got bugs in my room bugs in my bed bugs in my ears their eggs in my head bugs in my pockets bugs in my shoes bugs in the way i feel about you bugs on my window trying to get in they don't go nowhere waiting, waiting... bugs on my ceiling crowded the floor standing, sitting, kneeling... a few block the door and now the question's: do i kill them? become their friend? do i eat them? raw or well done? do i trick them? i don't think they're that dumb do i join them? looks like that's the one i got bugs on my skin tickle my nausea i let it happen again they're always takin' over i see they surround me, i see... see them deciding my fate oh, that which was once...was once up to me... now it's too late i got bugs in my on one that's when i had a chance i'll just stop now i'll become naked and with the...i'll become one!" That's "Bugs" by Pearl Jam. (And you thought Eddie Vedder didn't have a sense of humor!)
Submitted by: Agrimorfee

Hidden Tracks:

Ten features a two-part track entitled "Master/Slave" that both opens and closes the album. The first part begins the album, before "Once" starts, and the second part closes the album, after "Release". It begins about ten seconds after the album's closer "Release" as a hidden track, but both count as one track on the CD. The song is entirely instrumental (except for random unintelligible words Vedder utters throughout) with a dominant fretless bass line making up the core of the song (which Ament referred to in a 1994 Bass Player magazine interview as "my tribute to (fretless bass instrumentalist) Mick Karn"),[24] along with some guitar and sounds that seem to come from the drums. Producer Rick Parashar stated in 2002, "As I recall, I think Jeff had, like, a bass line...I heard the bass line and then we kind of were collaborating on that in the control room, and then I just started programming on the keyboard all this stuff; he was jamming with it and it just kind of came about like that." Taken From Wikipedia
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Writer’s Block"
Vedder has admitted that while working on the album he suffered from writer's block, which made it difficult for him to come up with lyrics. This inspired the hidden track "Writer's Block" - which consists of the sounds of a typewriter - that appears at the end of the album, starting at 6 minutes and 50 seconds on the track "Parting Ways". Taken from Wikipedia
Submitted by: Clever Name
The album includes the hidden track "4/20/02" at the end of disc two, a tribute to Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley. It was written by vocalist Eddie Vedder during the recording sessions for Riot Act on the day that he heard the news of Staley's death. The song features only Vedder singing and playing the guitar in a ukulele-inspired tuning. According to Vedder, the reason why it was not included on Riot Act was that the band already had too many songs. According to guitarist Mike McCready, the reason the song was only featured as a hidden track on Lost Dogs is because Vedder "wouldn't want it to be exploitative". Taken from Wikipedia
Submitted by: Clever Name
So there’s a song called All Those Yesterdays but when it finishes there is silence. Then a minute later the hidden track "Hummus" plays that is an eerie, VERY eerie, VERY VERY SO eerie song.
Submitted by: Clever Name

Hidden Messages:

"Brain Of J."
At the very begining, you can hear one of the recording studio workers say "1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4". A few seconds later, you hear the same man say "Yeah. 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,".
Submitted by: Glenn Rousseau

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Joining The North Carolina Boycott"
Pearl Jam joined Bruce Springsteen and others in boycotting North Carolina over their Bathroom laws.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Connections to former NBA player"
Originally, the band was to be called "Mookie Blaylock" after former NBA point guard Daron "Mookie" Blaylock. The members of Pearl Jam were fans of Blaylock However, the name was later changed due to avoid issues with the then-New Jersey Nets point guard. They did name the album "Ten" after the number Blaylock wore throughout his college and professional career. Also, Blaylock is a fan of their music.
Submitted by: JeReMy
"Spinal Tap Syndrome"
In one of Pearl Jam's first interviews with Much Music Stone Gossard mentioned that they went through "Spinal Tap Syndrome" before they found their drummer.
Submitted by: Celeste
"Suing Tickemaster"
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder took Ticketmaster court over their ticket pricing policies. Unfortunately he lost in court but Eddie decided to go with another ticket outlet to handle Pearl Jam's U.S. ticket sales.
Submitted by: Celeste

Movies Named After Song Titles:

1999 comedy with Katie Holmes
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Bad Ringtone Choices:

The Lyrics:
I'd rather be
I'd rather be
I'd rather be with an animal.
I wouldn't want this set off as a ringtone in a church or a zoo. Or be with a churchgoer in the zoo.
Submitted by: Odie Garfield

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