"Son," she said, "Have I got a little story for you
What you thought was your daddy was nothing but a...
While you were sitting home alone at age thirteen your real daddy was dying
Sorry you didn't see him but I'm glad we talked."

from Pearl Jam – Alive Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is a deeply personal autobiographical verse by Eddie Vedder. When Vedder was a teenager, his mother revealed to him that the man he thought was his father was actually his stepfather, and his biological father was dead. Heavy…

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