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Swallowed Whole is the eighth song from Pearl Jam's tenth album, Lightning Bolt.




AnalysisEdit

The song is a strong evidence of the resistant marks coming from the previous album, Backspacer, not only on its musicality but also on its lyrics, addressing a vision on Earth itself and its relation with the protagonist, who seems to be someone that enjoy the freedom of feeling the world, regardless the temporality of life.

Also, what clearly is a sign of the past album and also from Riot Act's I Am Mine, is the idea of the movement of life and its end, since everything until the day of his/her death is his/her responsability, and the protagonist has the ability to be connected with the nature that are surrounding, including, of course, other people.

Most of the song is the description of these abilities, all of them capacities of feeling, hearing, seeing or modifying the world or the own mind, the latter with the idea of choosing a path or a word. All this movement is considered to be a humming of the planet, an unquiet vibration that sings among the wind, like vibrations with no end. It is said that those who are out of this connection with the world, refering to those who are clear far from the noise, will get swallowed whole. By the way, the protagonist seems to have found no quiet of these sensations, and no matter what may come beyond death, he will keep feeling all of this.

Music & LyricsEdit

I can feel the dawn, I can feel the earth 

I can feel the living all around, round, round, round

all around, round, round, round

I can choose a path, I can choose a word

I can start the healing, bring it now, now, now, now

Bring it now, now, now, now

Whispered songs inside the wind

Breathing in forgiveness

Like vibrations with no end

Feel the planet humming

What is clear far from the noise, gets swallowed whole

I can feel the sun, I can see the sound

I can set myself right hear and drown, drown, drown, drown

hear and drown, drown, drown, drown

I can feel the rush, I could clear the clouds

I could set the needles spinning love loud, loud, loud, loud

love loud, loud, loud, loud

I can hear the crash, I can feel the pound

I can feel the current pulling down, down, down, down

Down, down, down, down

Whispered songs inside the wind

Breathing in forgiveness

Like vibrations with no end

Feel the planet humming

What is clear far from the noise, gets swallowed whole

With no quiet to be found

spirit lifted off the ground

and what lies beyond the grave

might be welcomed change

And will come, come what may 

with no rest in peace

Until that day

I choose a path, I could choose the word

I could start the healing, bring it now, now, now, now

Now, now, now, now

I could be the sun, I could be the sound

I could set myself right here and drown

Whispered songs inside the winds,

Breathing in forgiveness

And the chapter I’ve not read

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