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posted 4/27/2007 6:16:54 PM |
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How many of you music buffs know what or who that song is about ( even tho the words make noooo sense) ??

I happen to know and was suprised...

PS-Yes, Im bored and Im waiting for a phone call ....

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Apr 27 @ 6:56PM  
The song's name is derived from the actual name of an old friend of lead singer Eddie Vedder.
It is about someone receiving a letter and finding his brother had died overseas in war.
As far as I can tell.


Apr 27 @ 6:59PM  
(yea...I googled it!) One theory says it's an anti-war song, but the name comes from a tongue twister "yellow-letter, red-letter" which if you say it enough times really fast comes out yellow-ledbetter. They named the song thus because the lyrics are just as indistinguishable. Oh...and the riff is either a tribute to Jimi Hendrix or Kenny Wayne Sheppard.

Apr 27 @ 8:25PM  
What is it about?? Does Eddie Vedder sing about anything? I mean next to Curt Cobain, he's the most incoherent singer alive...

Popular therory is that the song is either about a man learning his brother died in combat over-seas. Another therory has it that it is a tribute to an old Blues pioneer named Ledbetter... Only Vedder's speech therapist may know for certain.

People mistakeningly assume the song is a lyrical tribute to Jimi Hendrix, however it is more like musical plagurism of Hendrix and Sheppard. The opening notes still fool even me into thinking Little Wing is coming on the radio, it is possible McCready was writting a musical Ode to a great, though it is nearly a note for note rendition..... I hope the Hendrix estate got royalties.....

Apr 27 @ 8:44PM  

Apr 28 @ 1:11AM  
I agree with canu, I just listened to the song and cant understand a freaking word of it. lol

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