Rats Lyrics - Pearl Jam

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They don't eat, don't sleep
They don't feed, they don't seethe
Bare their gums when they moan and squeak
Lick the dirt off a larger one's feet
They don't push, don't crowd
Congregate until they're much too loud
Fuck to procreate till they are dead
Drink the blood of their so called best friend

They don't scurry when something bigger comes their way
Don't pack themselves together and run as one
Don't shit where they're not supposed to
Don't take what's not theirs, they don't compare

They don't scam, don't fight
Don't oppress an equals given rights
Starve the poor so they can be well fed
Line their holes with the dead ones bread

They don't scurry when something bigger comes their way
Don't pack themselves together and run as one (2x)
Don't shit where they're not supposed to
Don't take what's not theirs, they don't compare...

Rats...They don't compare (2x)
Ben, the two of us need look no more (6X)







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One of my favourite all time tracks | Reviewer: Keir Mclean Brown | 12/23/12

Where to begin... firstly... this track is about SOCIETY ETHICS CAPITALISM AND CONSUMERISM and how it affects PEOPLE. It's about the soulless greedy nature of consumerist societies and how far we have gone from our roots as human beings. Sucking the blood of friends - running in packs there are plenty of references and what it depicts is that even RATS have more morals. Which in itself is ironic as RATS in the English language are considered dirty, unsanitary, plaguing animals or by association a human RAT is considered an untrustworthy sneak thief? The clever part of this track is even Humans are more of a plague than rats... Pure lyrical genius. Also the old Ben quote from the 70's MJ track in there for good measure for Eddie and the bass players nostalgia.

Just to be clear | Reviewer: Anon | 8/14/09

“At an early age, I realized music was a very powerful thing,” Jeff told Bass Player in 1994. “I’d hear Michael Jackson singing [1972's] “Ben” and it would make me cry and I’d have to go hide.”

While nine-year-old Jeff was reacting to MJ’s first solo No. 1 in Montana, seven-year-old Eddie over near Chicago counted the Jackson Five as one of his favorite groups. Eddie told Circus in 1992 that singing along to 12-year-old Michael Jackson was some of the first singing he ever attempted. “We had moved north of Chicago,” Eddie said. “And my parents became the new foster parents for seven kids in this group home. they were mostly African-American kids and some Irish kids. Most of these kids were around 11, and they were all full on Motown. That’s when I got into Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Otis Redding and the Jackson Five. I started singing to Michael Jackson records.” In the same article, Eddie notes that his first album was Michael Jackson’s 1972 album “Got To Be There.”

As all PJ fans know, these two unlikely fans paid homage to Michael Jackson twenty years later in the 1993 Pearl Jam song, “Rats.” The song is dominated by Jeff’s bass-heavy groove and it swings into a massive key shift at the end so that Eddie can repeatedly sing the chorus of “Ben.”

Awesome Song | Reviewer: seth | 4/26/09

Love the fact that Pearl Jam manage to squeeze in a reference to the 70's film 'Ben', a great little social commentary film about how uncivilized humans are compared to what we consider "lower" forms of life. (It's quite likely that Michael Jackson named his pet rat after watching the film. I doubt very, very highly that Pearl Jam ever heard anything at all about Mike's pet rat. I mean, COME ON, dude!)

One of Pearl Jam's Best | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/14/07

Love the fact that Pearl Jam manage to squeeze in a reference to Micheal Jacksons song 'Ben', a love song the young mowtown singer wrote for his pet rat (Ben the two of us need look no more/ we've both found what we've been looking for).




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