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- Roger Briggs, on who would complete the first free ascent of Colorado's Jules Verne in 1975

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Given To Fly

It’s not the first time that Pearl Jam plays a gig in Mexico City, but this was my first time seeing them and, according to many people, last night’s concert was the best they have given here. Their current tour celebrates the first 20 years of the band’s career.

Even though we bought the cheapest tickets for the farthest side of Foro Sol, the sound quality was great, the band performed amazingly and the crowd got so excited that the resulting setlist was really big:

Pearl Jam Setlist Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico 2011, Pearl Jam Twenty Tour

20 years might be easy to say but, to many of us who grew up listening to the tunes of Pearl Jam and other grunge bands from the early 90′s, it evoked some of the greatest memories of our lives

pearl jam – given to fly

he could’ve tuned in, tuned in
but he tuned out
a bad time, nothing could save him
alone in a corridor, waiting, locked out
he got up outta there, ran for hundreds of miles
he made it to the ocean, had a smoke in a tree
the wind rose up, set him down on his knee

a wave came crashing like a fist to the jaw
delivered him wings, “hey, look at me now”
arms wide open with the sea as his floor
oh, power, oh

he’s… flying
high… wide, oh

he floated back down ’cause he wanted to share
his key to the locks on the chains he saw everywhere
but first he was stripped and then he was stabbed
by faceless men, well, fuckers
he still stands

and he still gives his love, he just gives it away
the love he receives is the love that is saved
and sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky
a human being that was given to fly

high… flying
oh, oh
high… flying
oh, oh
he’s flying
oh, oh…

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