Supposedly ‘Even Flow’ is about homelessness—see the lines about ‘a pillow made of concrete’ and ‘ceilings few and far between’—but I hated that the chorus didn’t tell you what ‘even flow’ was supposed to be, and the line about thoughts arriving like butterflies sounded like a bad Natalie Merchant lyric. Still, the video for ‘Even Flow’ succeeded in doing for Pearl Jam what the ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ video had done for Def Leppard four summers earlier: It made you wish really hard that Pearl Jam would come somewhere near your town very soon.
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