Pearl Jam Given To Fly
Label: Epic 665394 2, Epic EPC 665394 2, Epic 01-665394-14
Format: CD, Maxi-Single, Digipak
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Grunge
1 Given To Fly
Music By M. McCready*
Words By E. Vedder*
Words By, Music By J. Ament*
Words By, Music By E. Vedder*
Producer Brendan O’Brien, Pearl Jam
Recorded By Nick Didia
Tracks 1 & 2 are taken from the album Yield.
Cat# 665394 2 appears on the spine and CD.
Cat# EPC 665394 2 appears on back cover above barcode.
Cat# 01-665394-14 appears on CD and back cover.
Barcode: 5 099766 539423
Matrix / Runout: S0166539414-0101 32 A4
Other (SID Master Code): IFPI L552
Other (SID Mould Code): IFPI 944Q
Other (Rights Societies): SACEM/SDRM/BIEM
Other (Label Code): LC 0199
Other (Distribution Code): CB 608
“Given to Fly” is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by guitarist Mike McCready, “Given to Fly” was released in December 1997 as the first single from the band’s fifth studio album, Yield (1998).
“Given to Fly” proved to be the album’s most popular single. The song topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and eventually peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Worldwide, the single charted well, reaching number five in Finland, number six in Norway and Spain, and the top 20 in Australia, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
“Given to Fly” features lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by guitarist Mike McCready, although loosely based on Led Zeppelin‘s “Going to California“. McCready said he came up with the guitar riff after being stuck in his condo on a snowy day in Seattle. McCready on the song:
It was snowing here in Seattle, which it rarely does, and so they kind of shut down all the streets and I couldn’t get my car out of the driveway. And I have a Volvo and you’d think those would be able to drive in the snow, but no, it wasn’t going anywhere, so I was kind of stuck in my condo. And I wrote that riff [for “Given to Fly”] and the “Faithfull” riff that day.
In many ways, “Given to Fly” is one of the group’s most significant singles—both its classic-rock composition and its warm, crisp sound recall Ten, which suggests that Pearl Jam were at least somewhat shaken by its fanbase’s cool reception to the artsy, frayed No Code. The main riff is written in the DADGAD alternate tuning. Regarding the song, McCready said, “I just kind of imagined [“Given to Fly”] as sort of a wave in an ocean: It starts out slow and then it gets a little larger and a little larger and then it breaks and then it comes down again. And that’s metaphorically how I think of that song.” Drummer Jack Irons stated that “on “Given to Fly”, I play a beat that’s based around the toms, but it’s pretty soft. I’m not sure I would have been comfortable playing that way a few years ago.
Vedder about “Given to Fly”:
[I imagined the song as] a 20-page cardboard (children’s) book with a line on each page and a picture to go with it. It’s a fable, that’s all. The music almost gives you this feeling of flight, and I really love singing the part at the end, which is all about rising above anybody’s comments about what you do and still giving your love away. You know? Not becoming bitter and reclusive, not condemning the whole world because of the actions of a few.