Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (3:14)

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Vedder about “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town”:

It’s kind of about a lady, and she’s getting on in years, and she’s stuck in this small town. Small towns fascinate me: You either struggle like hell to get out, to some people want to stay ‘cause then they’re the big fish in the small pond, and then others just kind of get stuck there. So here she is working in this little place, and then an old flame comes in, and he’s probably driving a nice car and looking kind of sharp—not a fancy car, but he’s moved on. And then she sees him, and at first she doesn’t even remember who he is, and then she realizes who it is. She’s just too embarrassed to say ‘hello.’


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  • TheMally98

    I just wanna scream HELLO!

    25 Jul 11:18pm Reply
  • Sorrowness

    ''Cannot find the candle of thought to light your name..'' ''Memories like fingerprints are slowly raising'' '' I changed by not changing at all'' amazing lyrics.. every time I'm amazed.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lullabyJim

    great times - wifey & best mate - the song is a great fit :)

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pogoshrooms

    This is a song for the early hours. It's literally bringing a tear to my eye :')

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Sathg


    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    Fit good in this night.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • diablo7979

    cool jam

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    nice introspective, non hysteric song,,,,lovely

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TylerWard-

    I wish this song was about twice as long.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • wellagainbrege


    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • GT3x24x7

    "I just wanna scream hello! My God it's been so long, never dreamed you'd return! But now here you are, and here I am. Hearts and thoughts, they fade away."

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Pasazer

    This song was something unexpected when I listened to the album for the first time. Still seems different, incredibly soft. Great.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ralphsanctum

    sooo good

    10 Jul 2012 Reply
  • FIL1994

    amazing song!

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • marina_manrique


    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • giggleloop1

    Loving it!

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Cielofunk


    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • alles7

    man, what a great tune!

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • keanequeen


    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Seederman

    Speaking as a fairly neutral non-fan of Pearl jam's, I have to admit that this is one of my favorite songs of the 90's. Sweet, generous, sung beautifully, and it made m think of my own lost loves... So A+ for this one, guys. I just wish there were more of 'em...

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
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