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"Jeremy" Pearl Jam Essay

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"Jeremy"-Pearl Jam Pearl Jam was a grunge band of the early nineties, when the Seattle grunge style of music was very big, with bands such as Soundgarden and Nirvana. In fact Pearl Jam's 1991 C.D., entitled "Ten", is one of the top three grunge C.D.'s ever written. Pearl Jam, a band that consists of Dave Krusen on drums, Jeff Ament on Basses, Eddie Vedder on Vocals, Mike McCready on Lead Guitars, and Stone Gossard on Guitars, was formed in 1990 in the basement of a local art gallery in Belltown area Seattle. The majority of the songs that comprised their first C.D.,"Ten," were written in less than seven days after the band formed. The first release from that C.D. was called "Alive" and the second was a very emotionally charged song entitled "Jeremy." "Jeremy" is a song that Eddie wrote while in a hotel room in Texas. He picked up a newspaper and saw an article about a 16-year-old boy from a local school who shot and killed himself in front of his English class. The boy was Jeremy Wade Delle. Classmates described him as a loner, rightfully so, because he had just transferred to Richardson High School in his sophomore year, and hated his new school. The student was often in counseling and missed class numerous times. One day however, Jeremy came into his second-period English class and the teacher asked him to go to the office to receive an admittance slip since he had not attended his previous class. Jeremy exited the room and came back moments later, gun in hand. He walked to the middle of the classroom said, "Miss, I got what I really went for" and proceeded to place the .357-caliber Magnum into his mouth and pulled the trigger. He died as soon as the gun was fired in front of his classmates in his second period English class. Eddie felt that he must do something to remember this boy and also spread the word of suicide to other teens. He used this song and experiences from his past to draw up the hit song and remarkable video "Jeremy." The first verse describes Jeremy sitting at home drawing pictures of what he would like his life to be. He could not achieve this in real life, so he would draw it with pen and paper. This picture that Eddie writes about is of Jeremy standing on a mountain top with all of the people that have ever teased him or taunted him lying dead below. You know that the people below are lying dead because it says, "dead lay in pools of maroon below." The color maroon is being a symbol for blood. He is standing on the mountain with his arms raised in the air in the shape of a "V." This shows his triumph or victory over his predecessors which lay dead below him. Once again, Jeremy could not achieve beating his peers in reality so he drew a picture of what he would like to happen. The second verse explains how Jeremy's parents did not pay much attention to him, or care much about him. Eddie shows how the responsibility of a parent can influence a child's life. To divert his anger and rage from his...

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