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"My Father's Son" is the third song from Pearl Jam's tenth album, Lightning Bolt. The song was first played on Buffalo, New York, 12 October, 2013 and it was composed by Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament and Mike McCready.
A common background on the band's poetry, once again Pearl Jam, and specially Eddie, play on the relation between father and son. The protagonist admits his father was a genius, but also a psycopath, and since he inherited his genes, he is the next in line. He is also not proud of his mother, who "never got a top dollar", but despite this, the song would never exist. All this ancestry gets him desperated, bound to fail, coming from two people that couldn't give him a genetic future, and he asks himself if he can quit all of this thing by his own will, being a "volunteer amputee".
Maybe inspired by the same personal conversation that was present in Alive, it is implied another dialogue between a lost son and a father that never existed, this time changing the family members. Also implying artificial insemination that generated this son, the real father left his family in regret of them.
The protagonist seems very hurt, with wounds unhealed by the unforgettable hide of his father. After some time, once again resembling Alive, his father died and now there are no lifetime connections with father and son, the latter being free to be himself. With all the worng things he inherited, now he must build his own legacy and admits "sailing" by his own on life.
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