Infallible lyrics by Pearl Jam

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Infallible lyrics by Pearl Jam  

Infallible is the sixth song from Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt album.

Lyrics

Keep on locking your doors
Keep on building your floors
Keep on just as before

Pay disasters no mind
Didn't get you this time
No prints left at the crime

Our ships come in
And its sinking

Of everything that's possible
In the hearts and minds of men

Somehow it is the biggest things
That keep on slipping
Right through our hands

By thinking we're infallible
We are tempting fate instead

Time we best begin
Here at the ending

Wanna third second chance
Put your faith in big hands
Pay no more than a glance

All good things come to an end
This could be good as it gets
How's the view from the fence?

You think we been here before
You are mistaken

Of everything that's possible
In the hearts and minds of men

When progress could be plausible
In reverse we curse ourselves

By thinking we're infallible
We are tempting fate instead

Time we best begin
Here at the ending

Of everything that's possible
In the hearts and minds of men

Somehow it is the biggest things
That keep on slipping
Right through our hands

By thinking we're infallible
We are tempting fate instead

Time we best begin
Here at the ending

Keep on locking your doors
Keep on building your floors
Keep on just as before


Check out some other lyrics from Lightning Bolt, Sirens, Yellow Moon and Sleeping by Myself

16 comments:

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  2. In the verse we curse ourselves

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  3. Yes, "in reverse" :)

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  4. I thought it was "no prints left at the crime"

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  5. second line is missing "keep on building your floors"

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  6. This stuff could be a single, maybe after another one, like Future Days or Swallowed Whole

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  7. These lyrics are truly food for the soul to anyone in conflict especially with loved ones. Listen to these words. "Wanna third second chance, Put your faith in big hands, Pay no more than a glance.
    All good things come to an end, This could be good as it gets, How's the view from the fence?" the whole song is amazing lyrically as usual.

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  8. This song is a bash on the church and their lesson of so called perfection and how that mind set is unsustainable for humanity.

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  9. There were hints that made me think about the climate change debate... "ignoring disasters.... we have been here before, you are mistaken...progress(ivism) could be plausible, in reverse we curse ourselves..."

    Whether he is talking specifically about climate change, or just using hints to talk more broadly about over confidence tripping up humanity...who knows??

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  10. It sounds like it's about someone who judges the world from a safe medium 'on the fence' and has alienated themselves because of it by locking their doors and doing home improvement projects. (That's the power of the home depot). However, the two could be unrelated. This person could be shutting the world out because they are tormented by an aggressive world both real and imagined with no light to separate the two. Their apparent judgemental ways could also just be driven by love as a sadness of the state of the world we live and the unnecessary conflict that plagues it. Or maybe it's about the Pope laying down some ceramic tile in the Vatican powder room. It's hard to say for sure.

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  11. It's not about a single person or a single issue (like climate change or the church). Its about humanity as a whole and the course of human history.

    "Of everything that's possible in the hearts and minds of men... Somehow it is the greatest things that have slipped right through our hands"

    We have major artistic, scientific and technological capabilities and, as individuals, a great capacity for love yet the simplest and most important stuff evades us. We still have wars, famines, violence, poverty and climate change. We cannot seem to change our basic nature or solve our most fundamental problems in spite of all of our advancements. We are tempting fate by being at near apocalypse and unable to solve anything in spite of being so "advanced".

    What are the greatest things, people? Love. Everyone having enough food and water. Respect. People getting along and taking care of one another. Basic stuff but humanity cannot do it no matter how tall our buildings get or how capable we are to find technological solutions to major problems (such as fresh water or climate change). Our fundamental state is pathetically unfit for continued survival on this planet since we cannot figure out how to get along.

    "You think we been here before
    You are mistaken"

    Never before in human history has our situation been as precarious as it is now. Since the birth of Christianity and probably before the concept of impending apocalypse has been ingrained in our subconscious but we have not been so close to the "ending". Time to start here and begin solving our real problems.

    This may sound doom and gloom but it is the most likely meaning to the song and the song provides the hope that by starting here at the ending we can move forward.

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    1. WELL STATED.

      THOUGH FOR MANKIND TO EVOLVE TO THE POINT WHERE POWER & GREED TAKES A BACKSEAT TO SELFLESSNESS & HUMANITY...
      I DONT KNOW?

      I HOPE WE CAN START TO LIVE AS A PREDOMINATELY CARING SOCIETY BUT HISTORY HAS SHOWN WE TEND TO PULL TOGETHER BEST IN TIMES OF CRISIS.

      EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS

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    2. I doubt it too but it is still worth thinking about. How is it possible that we as a civilization have such grandiose accomplishments yet we have not really evolved at all in the truest and most significant ways.

      Regardless of our future as a civilization or whether or not we will ever truly evolve, I think we can all agree that this a great song!

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  12. IDEALLY.
    IDEAS.

    I HAVE NO ANSWER FOR YOUR QUESTION.
    SORRY.
    BUT TRUE, IT'S NICE TO BRAINSTORM.

    AND THIS IS A GOOD SONG AS IS SWALLOWED WHOLE wIth it's optimistic slant AS IS MARIANNE FAITHFULL'S WORKING CLASS HERO as is FAITHFULL by PJ.

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