I don't know whether I'm the boxer or the bag

from Pearl Jam – Yellow Ledbetter Lyrics on Rap Genius


While the meaning could be as above, as Eddie Vedder usually changes the lyrics of the song any time he sings it, he sometimes sings this part differently:

“I don’t know where am I: on the box or in the bag?”

Since the overall meaning is a soldier’s death, Eddie does not know if the dead body is in a box (coffin) or in a body bag.

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