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Infallible is the sixth song from Pearl Jam's tenth album, Lightning Bolt.





AnalysysEdit

InfallibleInfallible marks not only physically but also musicaly the middle of the album. After the first two strong rock songs, the big love song from the album and the one that marks its name, Infallible divides the album between the strongest and the calmer existential songs, specifically doing a critic on something that has always been present on humanity: egocentrism.

The protagonist of the song ironically advises those people who only cares for themselves to keep doing what they are still doing, like locking their doors and forgetting disasters of the outside world just because it didn't happened with them. It is concluded that "the ship", probably our society, since everybody is together on the same life, is sinking by the lack of collectiveness. All the things that are possible within human capacity, especially and ironically the biggest ones, slip through our hands just like grains of sand, and the main reason for that is because the human being consider himself/herself infallible, flawless. And by having this mentallity, humanity test fate, so it would be better if things could be changed on the present, that is already the end.

Describing how flawless humanity is, the protagonist affirms that we keep wanting a third second chance, meaning that we keep trying to fix what is wrong, but instead of getting things better, we keep destroying it. Also, it is criticized the ignorance with the other, paying no more than a glance to the other's situation. Stating that all good things comes to an end, once again ironically the protagonist criticizes the "view from the fence", meaning that we keep separating ourselves from the others. This is clearly a sign of the new era Pearl Jam carries, an opposite behavior from Vitalogy era, that never forgot collectiveness, but has built "walls" towards the band.

Affirming that progress could be plausible, meaning that what is called "progress" could really keep things going forward, by thinking we are infallible we just turn progress into a curse that keep us from socially and philosophically evoluting. Ending the song, seems like things aren't going to change, so the protagonist ironically advises, and after the song becomes a warning, to keep locking the doors, being isolated, just as before.

Music & LyricsEdit

Keep on locking your doors

Keep on building your floors

Keep on just as before

Pay disasters no mind

Didn't get you this time

No prints left at the crime

Our ships come in 

And its sinking

Of everything that's possible

In the hearts and minds of men

Somehow it is the biggest things 

That keep on slipping

Right through our hands

By thinking we're infallible

We are tempting fate instead

Time we best begin 

Here at the ending

Wanna third second chance

Put your faith in big hands

Pay no more than a glance

All good things come to an end

This could be good as it gets 

How's the view from the fence?

You think we been here before

You are mistaken

Of everything that's possible

In the hearts and minds of men

When progress could be plausible 

In reverse we curse ourselves

By thinking we're infallible

We are tempting fate instead

Time we best begin

Here at the ending

Of everything that's possible  

In the hearts and minds of men 

Somehow it is the biggest things

That keep on slipping

Right through our hands

By thinking we're infallible

We are tempting fate instead

Time we best begin 

Here at the ending

Keep on locking your doors

Keep on building your floors 

Keep on just as before

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