Chasing Yield

Do the Evolution by Pearl Jam


I’m ahead I’m a man
I’m the first mammal to wear pants yeah
I’m at peace with my lust
I can kill ’cause in God I trust yeah
It’s evolution baby

I’m at piece I’m the man
Buying stocks on the day of the crash
On the loose I’m a truck
All the rolling hills I’ll flatten’ em out yeah
It’s herd behavior uh huh
It’s evolution baby

Admire me admire my home
Admire my song here’s my coat
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
This land is mine, this land is free
I’ll do what I want but irresponsibly
It’s evolution, baby

I’m a thief, I’m a liar
There’s my church, I sing in the choir:
{Hallelujah? Hallelujah?}

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my song, admire my clothes
Cause we know, appetite for a nightly feast
Those ignorant Indians got nothin’ on me
Nothin’, why?
Because, it’s evolution, baby!

I am ahead, I am advanced
I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah
I crawled the earth, but now I’m higher
Twenty-ten, watch it go to fire
It’s evolution, baby {2X}
Do the evolution
Come on, come on, come on



The Song ~ Do the Evolution ~ Wikipedia
The Album ~ Yield [1998] ~ Wikipedia
The Phenom ~ Eddie Vedder ~ Wikipedia ~ Facebook



When speaking about “Do the Evolution”, Vedder stated, “That song is all about someone who’s drunk with technology, who thinks they’re the controlling living being on this planet. It’s another one I’m not singing as myself.” Pearl Jam has stated that the novel Ishmael influenced the writing of Yield, and according to the novel’s writer, Daniel Quinn, this song comes the closest to expressing the ideas of the book.

Vedder stated:

This Daniel Quinn book, Ishmael…I’ve never recommended a book before, but I would actually, in an interview, recommend it to everyone….But this book, it’s kind of the book of my … My whole year has been kind of with these thoughts in mind. And on an evolutionary level, that man has been on this planet for 3 million years, so that you have this number line that goes like this [hands wide apart]. And that we’re about to celebrate the year 2000, which is this [holds hands less than one inch apart]. So here’s this number line; here’s what we know and celebrate. This book is a conversation with a man and an ape. And the ape really has it all together. He kinda knows the differences between him and the man, and points out how slight they are, and it creates an easy analogy for what man has done, thinking that they were the end-all. That man is the end-all thing on this earth. That the earth was around even so much longer before the 3 million years. Fifty million years of sharks and all these living things. Then man comes out of the muck, and 3 million years later he’s standing, and now he’s controlling everything and killing it. Just in the last hundred! Which is just a speck on this line. So what are we doin’ here? This is just a good reminder…And I’m anxious to see what happens. You know, I’ve got a good seat for whatever happens next. It’ll be interesting.



I remember distinctly hearing this song for the first time back in 2005. It struck a chord in mi somewhere but I dismissed it, there are other gems in that album you know, rather overpowering ones (Given To Fly & Wishlist). Anyway it finally hit mi properly in late November last year, when I was going through the entire catalog of Pearl Jam’s after I heard their latest album… Lightning Bolt. I will get into Lightning Bolt later, lets just say it came at a very strange time in my life 😛

Ishmael, I never could gather the courage to read. I know what the book is about. I know because I have heard multiple interviews of the author, Daniel Quinn and have received multiple recommendations from people I have been reading since 2008. Finally I am going to read it and I have put it in my summer reading list, fingers crossed.

What really boggles my mind, is to go back in time to 2005-06, there were so many signs that life gave mi back then. Signs of the things to come and I managed to completely ignore them. Sometimes I wonder how different things could have been, but Life is a chain reaction of colliding universes creating shared realities in thoughts and deeds, alternates to which can always be imagined, though, never to be realized. We continue to try and give meaning to everything in words, words whose meanings are unique, unique to each universe, and like snowflakes these universes of meaning, they come and go. Only sometimes, by purpose, fate or simple chance I know not for sure (still), but sometimes, as these universes collide a little light shines through.

Don’t get mi wrong, I hold no regrets, in fact I am quite incapable of holding regrets and in any case they were some of my best years.

Well except my one exceptional regret, that I started listening to Rock & Roll pretty late in life. Much gratitude to those who introduced mi to the good stuff and got the stone rolling, primarily Kailash, Rana, RJ, Appu, The Dude, thanks guys.

Hmm… As I hear Eddie scream in my head, I feel his angst…



Yield ~ Wiki

From the Wikipedia page:

In finance, the term yield describes the amount in cash (in percent terms) that returns to the owners of a security. Normally, it does not include the price variations, at the difference of the total return. Yield applies to various stated rates of return on stocks (common and preferred, and convertible), fixed income instruments (bonds, notes, bills, strips, zero coupon), and some other investment type insurance products (e.g. annuities).


If you liked this post, you might also like something that I wrote a long time back Drops of Rain.

Love’s Refrain

Love Boat Captain by Pearl Jam


Is this just another day,… this God forgotten place?
First comes love, then comes pain. Let the games begin,…
Questions rise and answers fall,… insurmountable.

Love boat captain
Take the reigns and steer us towards the clear,… here.
It’s already been sung, but it can’t be said enough.
All you need is love

Is this just another phase? Earthquakes making waves,…
Trying to shake the cancer off? Stupid human beings,…
Once you hold the hand of love,.. it’s all surmountable.

Hold me, and make it the truth,…
That when all is lost there will be you,…
Cause to the universe I don’t mean a thing
And there’s just one word I still believe
And it’s
Love,… love. love. love. love.

It’s an art to live with pain,… mix the light into grey,..
Lost 9 friends we’ll never know,.. 2 years ago today
And if our lives became too long, would it add to our regret?

And the young, they can lose hope cause they can’t see beyond today,…
The wisdom that the old can’t give away
Constant recoil…
Sometimes life
Don’t leave you alone.

Hold me, and make it the truth,…
That when all is lost there will be you.
Cause to the universe I don’t mean a thing
And there’s just one word that I still believe and it’s
Love,… love. love. love. love.

Love boat captain
Take the reigns,.. steer us towards the clear.
I know it’s already been sung,… can’t be said enough.
Love is all you need,.. all you need is love,..
Love,.. love,…



The Song ~ Love Boat Captain ~ Wikipedia
The Album ~ Riot Act [2002] ~ Wikipedia
The Phenom ~ Eddie Vedder ~ Wikipedia ~ Facebook



The lyrics for “Love Boat Captain” tackle existential matters. “Love Boat Captain” references the 2000 Roskilde tragedy with the line “Lost 9 friends we’ll never know… 2 years ago today.” When “Love Boat Captain” is performed in concert, Vedder modifies the lyric to reflect the passage of time since the tragedy.

There is also a reference to The Beatles’ song “All You Need Is Love” from the 1967 album, Magical Mystery Tour, with the lyrics “I know it’s already been sung,…can’t be said enough/Love is all you need,..all you need is love,…”

When speaking about the song, Vedder stated:

It feels a little strange talking about love that openly, but if you can’t do it now, when can you do it? Love is one resource that the corporations aren’t going to be able to monopolize. Which means there’s hope for us human beings yet.

When asked about the line, “The young can lose hope,” Vedder said:

I was happy to get that line because I’m talking about people much older than us, people who are 70 or 80 and they’ve got attitudes that don’t have the deep peaks and valleys as someone who in adolescence who is faced with some things and they go, “Fuck this, this sucks, how can we have any hope?” These are people who been through the invention of the horseless carriage to the car to the TV set and are dealing with internet. How do they view it? It’s almost with disdain. This is the wisdom they can’t give away, that is what I’m talking about and that youth doesn’t have that time line beneath them. So they just see something in front of them and think there’s no hope, no getting over it, what’s the point and so on. They are also bombarded with information more than ever these days, and negativity and cynicism and I can understand why they would feel that way. But they don’t have to. There really are positive actions that can be taken.



A song this close to my heart, I could ramble on all night. I will just pose one question, I wonder, how his opinions on the last quote (above), have stood up to time?

I have a better suggestion, just go find the song and have an experience. If you don’t feel anything, I can only shake my head and wonder at what could ever make you feel 😐

Lightning & Thunder

2013 was The year of the Lightening Bolt, hence, it would only be logical to assume that 2014, will be The year of Thunder.

Happy New Year 🙂

To be, or not to be, that is the question:

He sits there speechless, observing her. Order and chaos, emerging and dissolving in a never ending dance of light. He wonders, did December come early this year, perhaps July never ended?

Hey! Hey Man! Snap out of it. Are you going to finally start or not? Life asks.

He smiles, why not?

It is going to be a long december, he thinks, the only difference being that there are going to be a lot of Pearls 😉


To be, or not to be, that is the question: ~ Wikipedia

The Obligatory Obituary

For those who have visited this place over the years and continue to do so. Sorry, I don’t have anything left to say anymore, not here anyway. I would like to thank you and wish you well.


Let me bequeath
by Yitzhak Maplebury


Box me on a warm bright day — youthful, though not, not ever again, useful — hands crossed neatly over shirt and tie. Let young things on grass plan parties, raves, getaways with only ethical narcotics and strong beer.

Indulge them in coquetry and intrigue, tasty gossip, bawdy, thunder-bumping-sex-beat rhythms and Romantically doomed dreams.

Let them be ignorant of death, and miffed by the gross solemnities of entropy, eternity and quantum creep.

Grant me peace in this, my first and only suit. Close the plain pine lid and lower me down.

Let them be curious, perhaps fearful –

Gather them over me to wonder: what is rite and why?

Let it – all of it – be alien to them, distant as violence, truth, sorrow. Let nothing be heavy and the sky so clear.

Blast them with aromas of Spring and skin; befuddle them with magic, laughter, pheromones and song.

Celebration of lips and hair; lusty minds a-flirt with promises –

I’m done with all that. I wish them well.


This essay/poem first appeared at Dissident Voice. It is posted here without permission of the author, but with absolutely no intention of plagiarism. I am in the camp that thinks, Yizhak Maplebury, is a poet of no small importance 🙂

Thank You, Dear Unholy Jehadis

Dear Unholy Jehadis,

I thank you for stabbing mi in the back. I thank you for desserting mi whenever I needed you. I thank you for kicking mi in the tenders when I fell. I thank you for making mi bleed. I thank you for helping mi become a better human being.

I thank you for sharing the battlefield of life, it has been, continues to be and for the forseeable future, will continue to be a pain and an honour.

Love and Regards

The Unholy Jehadis are a subset of the people, who belong to the family that I was born into and the family that adopted mi, my friends, my teachers and rank strangers. The Unholy Jehadis are those of them, who have tried their level best to make mi regret my life.

Thank You, Dear Spectators

Dear Spectators,

I thank you for doing nothing. I thank you for giving mi an opportunity to provide you with entertainment.

Love and Regards

The Spectators are a subset of the people, who belong to the family that I was born into and the family that adopted mi, my friends, my teachers and rank strangers. The Spectators are those of them, who have played no role in my life, who instead have chosen to watch the proceedings in my life, as if they were happening on some other planet.

Thank You, Dear Believers

Dear Believers,

I thank you for watching my back. I thank you for rallying to my support. I thank you for picking mi up when I fell. I thank you for patching mi up when I bled. I thank you for helping mi become a better human being.

I thank you for sharing the battlefield of life, it has been, continues to be and for the forseeable future, will continue to be a pleasure and an honour.

Love and Regards

The Believers are a subset of the people, who belong to the family that I was born into and the family that adopted mi, my friends, my teachers and rank strangers. The Believers are those of them, who have played a supportive role in my life.