Oh, she walks slowly across a young man's room
She said, "I'm ready for you."
Why I can't remember anything to this very day?
'Cept the look. The look
Oh, you know where. Now I can't see I just stare
This verse is fictional and not based on Vedder’s personal experience. In Rolling Stone, Vedder revealed that “she” was the mother, and “the look” referred to was not the look on her face, but “the look is between her legs. Where do you go with that? That’s where you came from.”
The mother is making a very memorable come on to the son. It is not everyday a mother shows her son that look. Further, she is requesting that he penetrate the very birth canal that gave him life.
Vedder elaborates, “It’s an intense thing because the son looks just like the father. The son grows up to be the father, the person that she lost. His father’s dead, and now this confusion, his mother, his love, how does he love her, how does she love him? In fact, the mother, even though she marries somebody else, there’s no one she’s ever loved more than the father. You know how it is, first loves and stuff. And the guy dies. How could you ever get him back? But the son. He looks exactly like him. It’s uncanny. So she wants him. The son is oblivious to it all. He doesn’t know what the fuck is going on. He’s still dealing, he’s still growing up. He’s still dealing with love, he’s still dealing with the death of his father. All he knows is ‘I’m still alive’ — those three words, that’s totally out of burden.”
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