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Coloring Club Plus — 8/1/19

Aug 1

Yes, the scribbled blue along the edges is intentional.  I was experimenting with trying to give it a look like it was vibrating.

Apologies are in order for another late posting.  Too much life and not enough time.  I stayed up late last night watching Denzel Washington in, “The Equalizer.”  It’s the second time seeing it and I’d forgotten about how damned good that movie is.  Mission statement:  Denzel don’t play.

It’s been a Pearl Jam, No Code afternoon of coloring for me. If I were to arrange PJ’s albums from most to least liked/listened-to, No Code would be towards the top. If I were to do the same with the songs on it, Off He Goes would be towards the top. I would daresay that every single person reading this post has a friend or family member like the one in this song. Maybe the universality of it makes me love it so.

No Code is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1996 through Epic Records. Following a troubled tour for its previous album, Vitalogy (1994), in which Pearl Jam engaged in a much-publicized boycott of Ticketmaster, the band went into the studio to record its follow-up. The music on the record was more diverse than what the band had done on previous releases, incorporating elements of garage rock and worldbeat.

Although No Code debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, it left a large section of the band’s fanbase unsatisfied and quickly fell down the charts. Critical reviews were also mixed, with praise to the musical variety but the album being considered inconsistent. The album became the first Pearl Jam album to not reach multi-platinum status, receiving a single platinum certification by the RIAA in the United States. However, the album remains a favorite among diehard fans. [like me]

From wikipedia:
“Off He Goes” is a song written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and released in 1996 as the third single from No Code. The song peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The song was included on Pearl Jam’s 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).

The story of “Off He Goes” concerns a friend who periodically comes whirling in and out of the protagonist’s life. In an interview, Vedder revealed himself to be the friend. Vedder said, “The song ‘Off He Goes’ is really about me being a shit friend. I’ll show up and everything’s great and then all of [a] sudden I’m outta there…” During a Pearl Jam performance on June 16, 2000 in Katowice, Poland at Spodek, Vedder said before starting the song that “this is about being friends with an asshole,” and pointed at himself.

“Off He Goes” was released as a single in 1996 with a previously unreleased B-side titled “Dead Man“, which can also be found on the compilation album, Lost Dogs (2003) [another excellent song on an excellent album!]

In Allmusic’s review of No Code, “Off He Goes” was cited as one song on the album that is “equal [to] the group’s earlier masterpieces.” David Fricke of Rolling Stone said, “At first, “Off He Goes” sounds like another page torn from the Neil Young hymnal. Its elegant, acoustic simplicity is deceiving, though. With a humor and confidence that he rarely gets credit for, Vedder describes a man not unlike himself—at least, his public image—but from the point of view of an old, puzzled friend.

One, two, one, two, three, four…

Know a man…his face seemed pulled and tense…
Like he’s riding on a motorbike in the strongest winds…
So I approach with tact…suggest that he should relax…
But he’s always movin’ much too fast…
Said he’ll see me on the flipside
On this trip he’s taken for a ride
He’s been takin’ too much on…
There he goes with his perfectly unkept clothes
There he goes…

He’s yet to come back…but I’ve seen his picture…
It doesn’t look the same up on the racks…
We go way back…
I wonder ’bout his insides…
It’s like his thoughts are too big for his size…
He’s been taken — where, I don’t know…
Off he goes with his perfectly unkept hope…
There he goes…

And now I rub my eyes…for he has returned…
Seems my preconceptions are what should have been burned…
For he still smiles…and he’s still strong…
Nothing’s changed but the surrounding bullshit that has grown…
And now he’s home, and we’re laughing, like we always did…
My same old, same old friend…
Until a quarter-to-ten…
I saw the strain creep in…
He seems distracted and I know just what is gonna happen then…
Before his first step…he’s off again…
Songwriter: Eddie Vedder

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