a few thoughts…
*Greatest intro to a Pearl Jam song ever. Immediately sets a contemplative mood, which of course matches “Better Man”’s lyrics.
*Occasionally stylized as “Betterman”. I’m still not sure what the exact title is.
*Best song on a so-so album. Vs. was and is one of my favorite albums (easily one of the 10 best rock albums of the ‘90s), and I remember being a bit meh regarding Vitalogy.
*Epic made a limited edition run of Vitalogy on vinyl (because NO one bought, played or even sold new vinyl by 1994) and released it a week or two before the CD and cassette. I bought a copy, and I didn’t even have a record player at the time. I wound up either selling or losing it.
*This song comes on in a bar? At least five people are singing along.
*Fantastic opportunity for Eddie Vedder to get his Springsteen on. There wasn’t a video for this as Pearl Jam was not doing the video thing at this time (not that it hurt sales), but I always pictured Eddie Vedder strumming a guitar in black and white while the lyrics are acted out before him. Almost like Springsteen’s “Brilliant Disguise” video. Amazing how the brain works.