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Vedder's lyrics for this were inspired by the writings of Charles Bukowski. The writer was known to stay in a room for days at a time without coming out. Vedder on the origins of the song:

" 'In Hiding' is actually written about Bukowski. Sean Penn gave me a quote that Bukowski had said to him once, and it was written directly from that. He told Sean that sometimes he just has to check out for a few days—no… read more

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I shut and locked the front door
No way in or out
I turned and walked the hallways
And pulled the curtains down
yeah I knelt and emptied the mouths…

Pearl Jam - In Hiding Lyrics


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