At a time of global uncertainty, Pearl Jam's Gigaton arrives with a great deal of scrutiny on the lyrics.

Per usual, Eddie Vedder penned the words to the majority of the songs, and Stone Gossard praised his bandmate back in January. "He’s not going to come out and say exactly in sort of very plain language maybe what you might think after reading the newspaper,” the guitarist said. “But I think that his mysticism and his way of using words and art and music is a powerful sort of tonic. I think that underlying it all is going to continue to be a hopeful and beautiful but at times tragic message.”

However, bassist Jeff Ament wrote "Alright," guitarist Stone Gossard composed "Buckle Up" and drummer Matt Cameron was responsible for "Take the Long Way." Check them all out below.

"Who Ever Said"

Drowning in their dissertations
Random speakers in my mind

Yeah, they never stop their fortifications
And blocking my precious time

You used to let it go and let it float away
You don't get to speak with twice as much to say

It's all in the delivery
Said the messenger who is now dead
Was all on the periphery
I didn't see him but I heard what he said

Aw, sideways talk, poisoning our thoughts
Everyone walks and it's no one's fault

Whoever said it's all been said
Gave up on satisfaction

Home is where... the broken heart is
Home is where... every scar is

Blinking stars, beneath you roam
Room to tomb and cradle to grave
All the answers will be found
In the mistakes that we have made

One bad ear and one eye blind
It takes a village but don't take mine

Living forwards in a backwards town
I feed 'em drinks just to watch 'em drown

Swallow my pencil and bleed out my pen
Surrender the wish we'll be together again

But I won't give up... No, I won't give up
On satisfaction... Satisfaction

Pull myself aside on a sleepless night
Sadness blurs, I'm in need of a light
Out of balance, balance, balance this time
I'm feeling fading, calling as I'm falling out of sight

As the silence gets louder my heart gets pounding
And ventricles pumping, working overtime

Our freedoms fraught with danger being circumscribed
A life cut short and circumsized

A rubble of commandments from the road, step aside
A rubble of commandments in the road, step aside

Whoever said it's all been said
Gave up on satisfaction

Whoever said it's all been said
Gave up on satisfaction

 

"Superblood Wolfmoon"

Superblood wolfmoon... Took her away too soon

I can hear ya... singing in the distance
I can see ya when I close my eyes

Once you were somewhere... and now you're everywhere
I'm feeling selfish and I want what's right

Ask for forgiveness... I beg of myself
Feeling angry, knock it off the shelf

Right now I feel... A lack of innocence
Searching for reveal... Hypnotic resonance

But I feel... Not much of anything
And the cause is life or death

Don't allow for hopelessness, focus on your focusness
I've been hoping that our hope does last

I don't know anything, I question everything
This life I love is going way too fast

Both my hands are swollen, my face is broken
And I'm hoping that I hurt your... Fist

She was a stunner and I am stunned
The first thought and second thought was could be the one

I was a prisoner, her keys and her cuffs
Yeh, I was feeling fortunate to be locked up

But the world kept a-spinning, always felt like it was ending
And love withstanding, we are each of us fucked

I can hear ya...

Superblood wolfmoon... Took her away too soon

I can hear ya... singing in the distance
I can see ya when I close my eyes

Once you were somewhere... and now you're everywhere
I'm feeling selfish and I want what's right

Focus on your focusness, don't allow for hopelessness,
I've been hoping that our hope does last

I don't know anything, I question everything
This life I love is going way too fast

 

"Dance of the Clairvoyants"

Confusion is... To commotion
What love is... To our devotion
Imperceptibly big, big as the ocean
And equally hard to control

So save your predictions
And burn your assumptions
Love is friction
Ripe for comfort

Endless equations
And tugging persuasions
Doors open up
To interpretation

Expecting perfection leaves a lot to ignore
When the past is the present and the future's no more
When every tomorrow is the same as before

The looser things get... The tighter you become
The looser things get... Tighter
There's not one man, who's greater than the sun
That's not a negative thought, I'm positive

Falling down... Not staying down
Could've held me up, rather than tear me down
Drown in the river

Expecting perfection leaves a lot to ignore
When the past is the present and the future's no more
When every tomorrow is the same as before

Numbers keep falling off the calendar's floor
Stuck in our boxes, windows open no more
Collecting up the forget-me-nots
Not recalling what they're for
I'm in love with clairvoyants
'Cause they're out of this world

I know the girls wanna dance...
Away their circumstance
I know the boys wanna grow...
Their dicks and fix and fire things

I know the girls wanna dance...
Clairvoyants in a trance
I know the boys wanna grow...
Their dicks and fix and fire things

Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back!

Took my love... To have and to hold
Held me down in the river
Took my love... To have and to hold
Drowning in the river

Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back when the spirit comes
Stand back!

 

"Quick Escape"

Reconnaissance on the corner
In the old world not so far
First we took and aeroplane
Then a boat to Zanzibar

Queen cranking on the blaster
And Mercury did rise
Come along where we all belonged
You were yours and I was mine

Had to... Quick escape
Had to... Quick escape

Crossed the border to Morocco
Kashmir than Marrakech
The lengths we had to go to then
To find a place Trump hadn't fucked up yet

Living life on the back porch
Lifting rocks to make a wage
Every sunset paid attention to
Not a starry night went to waste

Had to... Quick escape
Had to... Quick escape

And here we are, the red planet
Craters across the skyline
A sleep sack in a bivouac
And a Kerouac sense of time

And we think about the old days
Of green grass, sky and red wine
Should've known, so fragile
And avoided this one-way flight

 

"Alright"

You can't hide the lies
In the rings of a tree
If your heart still beats free
Keep it for yourself

When you want to run
And leave some part unrevealed
Like the flight of the bee
Keep it for yourself

It's alright, to be alone
To listen for a heartbeat, it's your own
It's alright, to quiet up
To disappear in thin air, it's your own

Should your living truth die
Could be an acid trip
Leave the eucharist whole
Keep it for yourself

If you tire of the game
Hit the road towards the clouds
Find the groove in the sound
Keep in for yourself

It's alright, to say no
Be a disappointment in your own home
It's alright to turn it off
Ignore the rules of the state, it's your own

It's alright, to shut it down
Disappear in thin air, it's your home
It's alright, to be alone
To listen for a heartbeat, it's your own

 

"Seven O'Clock"

7 o'clock in the morning, got a message from afar
Down under an oasis where there are dreams still being born
And summer spoke to winter relaying all encouraging words
And I was fully grateful mutant messages were heard

Moved on from my despondency and left it in the bed
Do I leave it there still sleeping or maybe kill it better yet
For this is no time for depression or self-indulgent hesitance
This fucked-up situation calls for all hands, hands on deck

Freedom is as freedom does and freedom is a verb
They giveth and they taketh and you fight to keep that what you've earned
We saw the destination, got so close before it turned
Swim sideways from this undertow and do not be deterred

Floodlight dreams go drifting past
All the lines we could've had
Distant loves floating above
Close these eyes, they've seen enough

Caught the butterfly, broke its wings then put it on display
Stripped of all its beauty once it could not fly high away
Still alive like a passer-by overdosed on gamma rays
Another "Gods" creation destined to be thrown away

Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse come forged the north and west
Then there's Sitting Bullshit as our sitting president
Talking to his mirror, what's he say, what's it say back?
A tragedy of errors, who'll be the last to have a laugh?

His best days gone, hard to admit
Throwing angry punches with nothing to hit
Luminous thoughts were once all he had
Fading lights, lost eloquence
There's still a fire in the engine room
Knows relief will be coming soon

What's to be done
Carve a path for Rivers reign
Much to be done
Oceans rising with the waves

Held by these thoughts
They refuse to slip away
Hangman in dreamland
About to call your name

Much to be done... Much to be done

 

"Never Destination"

Blisters on my fingers... Blisters on my brain
Blisters on the voices... Crazy makes insane

There's an angry sea... An ocean in my eyes
The waves are rolling... I'm becoming blind

I won't be taken... Won't take myself
Kicking and screaming, have to knock me off the shelf

Feels like illusion... This taking place?
Disease of confusion... Stripped of our grace

Don't wanna believe it... These endless miles
Never destination, just more denial

Some resolution... Some justice tied
To this collusion hiding in plain sight

Off in the distance... Leviathans
50 foot and breaking on our innocence

Don't wanna believe it... These endless miles
Never destination, just more denial

I can't believe it... These endless lies
Never destination, just more denial

When you make the drop... The gaping maw
Keeps us alive... Should we survive

Thank you Bob Honey... Thanks Paul Theroux
If I ever did, to this place let me go

Off in the distance... Leviathans
50 foot and breaking on my innocence

I won't be taken... Won't take myself
Kicking and screaming, have to knock my off the shelf

Say see-ya later... Never say goodbye
This is a little trick I play on my own mind

Don't wanna believe it... These endless miles
Never destination, just more denial

She was a singer in a rock-n-roll band
Had command of all her voices

Turned herself into a hologram
It all came down to choices

So I say til then... Never say goodbye
A little trick I play... On my mind

 

"Take the Long Way"

You got me through those feelings
That separates me from you

Put myself through a beating
Need you to pull me through

I'll break through these feelings
I'll break through the ceiling

I always take the long way, the long way
I always take the long way, that lead me back to you
I always take the long way, the long way
I always take the long way, that lead me back to you

Now's the time to resurface
Take back me and you

The hammer will fall on purpose
Our time... Our truth

I always take the long way, the long way
I always take the long way, that lead me back to you
I always take the long way, the long way
I always take the long way, that lead me back to you

Plant a seed in your mind... What's yours is mine
Show me how to live divine... What's yours is mine
Back to a moment in your mind... Go back in time
Show me how to live divine... What's yours is mine

 

"Buckle Up"

I got blood
Blood on my hands
The stain of
Of a human

I finally awoke
To my mother's wrath
Call lights
Bed sores and strange baths

Firstly do no harm
Then put your seatbelt on

Buckle up

The drapes pull back
Reveal her wound
Her boy on her lap
A murderer groomed

Antiquities lost
Lost to the Nile
A sudden slip
A fall on the isle

Firstly do no harm
Then put your seatbelt on

Buckle up

 

"Comes Then Goes"

High or low... Where'd ya go
Are you stuck in the middle?
A spectral invisible ghost
I'm here juxtaposed
Like images of angels in the snow
Our courage melts away, it comes then goes

Where ya been?... Can I find
A glimpse of my friend
Don't know where or when one of us left
The other behind
Divisions came and troubles multiplied
Incisions made by scalpel blades of time

Comes then goes... Comes then goes

Can I say... How ya been?
I can guess and conjecture
My altered perceptions unclear
Please interfere
Sadness comes, with it a sea of tears
Would some love be best had it not appeared?

Is this you?... Here I stand
Intense recollections of pain, self-neglecting again
Like you, I keep it in
Thought you found a game where you could win
It's all vivisection in the end

Comes then goes... Comes then goes

High or low... Try again
She fell off the altar
A vision you caught of her but then
A woodcut in red
Wish it was not you that she had led
Selfish navigation with no end

Where'd ya sleep?... Can I find
A deeper connection
In the face of rejection I'm trying
I'm trying
Evidence in the echoes of your mind
Leads me to believe we missed the signs

Can I try... One last time?
Could all use a savior from human behavior sometimes
And the kids are alright
The Queen of Collections took your time
Sadness comes 'cause some of it was mine

Comes then goes... Comes then goes
Comes then goes... Comes then goes

 

"Retrograde"

Comes the summer rain
Cue the lightning and far off thunder again
Projecting through the clouds
Meditations, and drifting off in the sound

The more mistakes, the more resolve
It's gonna take much more than ordinary love
To lift this up

Stars align they say when
Things are better than right now
Feel the retrograde spin us round

Seven seas are raising
Forever futures fading out
Feel the retrograde all around

Accelerate the change
Feeling equal and opposite all the same
Momentum rearranged
Shout, the echo, returning back but now changed

The rusted shapes refuse to fall
It's gonna take much more time than ordinary love
To lift this up

Stars align they say when
Things are better than right now
Feel the retrograde spin us round

Seven seas are raising
Forever futures fading out
Feel the retrograde all around

Hear the sound
In the distance, now
Could be thunder
Or a crowd

 

"River Cross"

I always thought I'd cross that river
The other side, distant now
As I got close it turned and widened
Horizon now, fading out

Drifting off in the undertow
Can't spot a figure on dry land
And afterthoughts of safety
When in truth, none to be had...
None to be had

I used to tell time by my shadow
Til the thunderclouds, they took the stage
These days will end as do the light's rays
Another read of the same page

Wide awake through this deepest night
Still waiting on the sun
As the hours seem to multiply
Find a star to soldier on
Living beneath a lion's paw
Knowing nothing can be tamed...
Can be tamed

 

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