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Pearl Jam: Man of the Hour Meaning

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Song Released: 2003


Man of the Hour Lyrics

Tidal waves don’t beg forgiveness
'CRASHED' and on their way
Father he enjoyed collisions; others walked away
A snowflake falls in may.
And the doors are open now as the bells are ringing out
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final...

  1. aenason
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    Dec 30th report

    Although the song was created for a well known movie, the song and movie do not tie together, and since Eddie Vedder has dedicated this song to several important friends in his life, the song, in my view, stands for something else. One day, at my own passing, one of my enterprising family members will wonder why Man of the Hour was played at my own funeral. The answer is that this song embodies me most. I never asked for forgiveness in almost anything I did, even if I created collisions where others walked away. To break through to get to the place where I, and my family, could be free to be who they are in an unmerciful and frequently tough thing called life, it was the only way for me.

    Goodby for now and nature has its own religion stand for the fact that if you have researched religion as much as I did you do realize you are part of something grand and unknowable, and that nature is right in front of us as a living embodiment of creation. So, when we pass we go “on” but it isn’t truly over. We stand next to our loved ones for eternity.

    Father ruled by long division is a testament to how strategic you have to be in life. “Long division” connotes two things. First, that you have to sit down and grapple strenuously with challenges or decisions in life. Second, you have to get the calculations right. Take the extra time to think things out. It has served me well.

    And the sky breaked at dawn is about how there is always that next day, a fresh day to begin anew of continue confidently plodding in the right direction. It is also about time. Time heals. Every day it gets incrementally easier. Pain diminishes. We see people in terms of our positive memories. They are with us.

    “And the road
    The old man paved
    The broken seams along the way
    The rusted signs, left just for me
    He was guiding me, love, his own way.”

    This is self explanatory. I did everything for you. I love all of you, and I always will.

    Now I take my final bow. Goodbye for now. You are always with me, and I am always with you.

  2. anonymous
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    May 25th 2013 report

    It is about God(old man,father) and his son Jesus who came to show us the way... Doors are open now because he died for our salvation. And its only goodbye for now because He shall return.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  3. anonymous
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    Mar 25th 2013 report

    This is song is about a final goodbye to a father. In this song he remembers his father.

    I think this song teaches us to never take a moment with our family for granted, because one day they will be gone.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 29th 2012 report

    This song reminds me of the close friends or relatives I lost, we honor them. We can't bring them back because that's the nature of life. Life is pain, and pain is living.

  5. Doppleganger
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    Sep 13th 2010 report

    The song is about a son saying goodbye to his father.


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