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Pearl Jam – Jeremy lyrics

At home
Drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V
Dead lay in pools of maroon below

Daddy didn't give attention
To the fact that mommy didn't care
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Clearly I remember
Pickin' on the boy
Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed a lion

Gnashed his teeth
And bit the recess lady's breast

How could I forget
He hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting
Dropped wide open

Just like the day
Like the day I heard

Daddy didn't give affection
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn't wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Try to forget this...
Try to erase this...
From the blackboard

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  • i
    I actually have a teacher who went to school with jeremy. And he moved. That's where he shot himself infront of the class.
    When everyone at his old school (the school my teacher went to) found out, they were all acting sad, like they missed his, and they were crying. Then one of the teachers was just like "this is a bulls***, none of you cared about him! so stop acting like you care...cause if as many of you that are "sad" were actually friends with him, he might still be here"
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  • t
    Actually its about two different people
    one is a 15 year old boy named jeremy that lived in texas and killed himself infront of his whole class in 1990 (he put the barrel in his mouth while facing the class, hence the lyrics Try to erase this. From the blackboard.) and the other is a boy eddie vedder knew personally in his school daze and had gotten into fights with. One day the boy snapped and shot up his classroom. Eddie said that he remembered hearing the shots from his class (hence He hit me with a surprise left
    My jaw left hurting Dropped wide open Just like the day Like the day I heard[ the gunshots]).
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  • nocemisions
    This song is a very sad song. It shows what can happen to young children when they are neglected by family and friends. I'm not sure if the boy actually commits suicide, I think he just snapped.
    It seems like Jeremy was a quiet boy, that everyone picked on. His parents just ignored him. Dad never even acknowledged his existance and Mom was disgusted by him. After a while, a demon emerged from within the child. He was no longer going to take it. He goes to school and raises hell. Maybe with guns and violence. In the end, he killed himself or was taken away forever. No matter what anyone does, they won't be able to forget that one day when Jeremy spoke in class.
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  • viper_crooke
    The song is about jeremy wade delle and he killed himself so he wouldn't have to fave the people who hurt him. Pearl jam singer eddie vedder saw the article in a newspaper and thought, " after all that all he got was a small aritcle in the paper." vedder thought jeremy should have put it back to the people by living on. He wrote this song to give a jeremy more than just one little article in the paper. The other guy it was about shot up his biology class but didn't kill anyone, including himself. Vedder picked on him when the were kids.
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