Today Pearl Jam released their new video for Amongst the Waves, my favourite song off their 2009 album Backspacer. It features some incredible ocean and surfing footage, and footage of the live version of the song. Check it out here (scroll down the page for ocean facts and links).
For the video, Pearl Jam partnered with National Geographic and Conservation International, and proceeds from the sale of the song and video on iTunes will support various initiatives that are involved in ocean preservation. Given the recent oil disaster, this song, with its soaring chorus and its themes of natural beauty, love, enjoyment, and urgency seem quite timely. Whenever I hear it I am reminded why Pearl Jam has been at the very top of my “must see them live” list for five years. Here are the lyrics.What used to be a house of cards Has turned into a reservoir Saved the tears that were waterfalling Let’s go swim tonight, darling And once outside the undertow Just you and me and nothing more If not for love I would be drowning I’ve seen it work both ways, but I am up Riding high amongst the waves I can feel like I Have a soul that has been saved I can feel like I Put away my early grave Gotta say it now Better loud than too late Remember back the early days When you were young and thus amazed Suddenly the channel changed The first time you saw blood Cut to later, now you’re strong You’ve bled yourself, the wounds are gone Survived and you’re amongst the fittest Love ain’t love until you give it up Riding high amongst the waves I can feel like I Have a soul that has been saved I can see the light Coming through the clouds in rays Gotta say it now Better loud than too late