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Mind Your Manners (2013)

 Mind Your Manners is the second song from Pearl Jam's tenth album, Lightning Bolt, and it was the first to be officially revealed and to have an official video. 




BackgroundEdit

The song features some strong similarities with works like Spin The Black Circle and Comatose, presenting a visible influence of punk rock. Even though Mind Your Manners is set on a sequence of Backspacer, the song's theme is stronger, as always critical and keeping the tradition of the band of song who deal with religious critic.

AnalysysEdit

Mind Your Manners just like cited in Even Flow, Go and directly mentioned on Somtimes, Faithful, God's DiceDo The Evolution and Marker In The Sand is a direct and clear critic to religion or at the least the system on how this cultural and important feature is developed on society. The protagonist affirms that has lost his belief on something, and those (who probally control or administrate that belief) were not faithfull enough, and take more from the person without significant comeback.

The main character affirms that he realized that there's no need of a god in his life, and if this entity really exists, the world should use its powers right now, because the world seems to be on a critical moment, and many of those people who claim to be believers are only contributing for the maintenance of this situation. Ironically, the protagonist affirms that thorughout this chaos, those people kept saying for the others to mind their manners, while they had none.

On the chorus, it is sung that the person is self-realized and metaphysically redeemed (an Aristotelic concept of what's beyond physical reality), believing that the humanity may only live this life and never solve the mistery of its existence. Possibly the protagonist says that this god could be the greatest help humanity could have, but since he believes it is a lie, no matter where people pray, to the sky or anywhere else, nothing will change. This chorus is very close to what was sung on Faithful.

In the end, the protagonist admits that this salvation in Heaven is exceeded and if the other side is to live in Hell, and this place is what is contrary to that belief, he prefers to live on the second one.

Music & LyricsEdit

Mind Your Manners (Official Music Video) - Pearl Jam03:02

Mind Your Manners (Official Music Video) - Pearl Jam


got an unfortunate feeling

I been beaten down

I feel that I'm done believing

Now the truth is coming out

What they're taking is

  More than a vow

They're taking young innocents

  And then they throw em on a burning pile

Ah ah ay ay

  And all along they're saying

"Mind your manners!"

I caught myself believing

  That I needed God

And if it's out there somewhere

  We sure could use it now

Try my patience!

  My patience tried

This world's a long love letter

That makes me want to cry

Ah ah ay ay

  And all along they're saying

  "Mind your manners!"

That's all they're saying

Self-realized and metaphysically redeemed

  May not live another life

May not solve our mystery

Right round the corner

  Could be bigger than ourselves

We could will it to the sky

  Or we could something else

Go to heaven

  That's swell

How you like your living in Hell?

Go to Heaven

  That's swell

How you like in living Hell?

Mike McCready on "Mind Your Manners" - Pearl Jam02:11

Mike McCready on "Mind Your Manners" - Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder - "Mind Your Manners" (Vignette 2) - Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam00:56

Eddie Vedder - "Mind Your Manners" (Vignette 2) - Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam

Matt Cameron Drums To "Mind Your Manners" (Vignette) - Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam01:03

Matt Cameron Drums To "Mind Your Manners" (Vignette) - Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam

Jeff Ament Playing Upright Bass (Vignette) - Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam01:20

Jeff Ament Playing Upright Bass (Vignette) - Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam

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