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SONG / LYRIC

PRESENT TENSE

Released: August 27, 1996
COMPOSER: Vedder/McCready
ARTIST: Pearl Jam
Lyrics

Do you see the way that tree bends?
Does it inspire?
Leaning out to catch the sun's rays
A lesson to be applied
Are you getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone, re-digesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You're the only one who can't forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense, to live in the present tense

Have you ideas on how this life ends?
Checked your hands and studied the lines
Have you the belief that the road ahead, ascends off into the light?
Seems that needlessly it's getting harder
To find an approach and a way to live
Are we getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone re-digesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You're the only one who cannot forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense, to live in the present tense

FIRST PLAYED:Sat 14 September, 1996 - The Showbox Seattle, Washington
LAST PLAYED:Wed 22 October, 2014 - Pepsi Center Denver, CO
TIMES PLAYED:126
DATE LOCATION VENUE
Wed 22 Oct, 2014Pepsi CenterDenver, CO
Fri 17 Oct, 2014iWireless CenterMoline, IL
Thu 9 Oct, 2014Pinnacle Bank ArenaLincoln, NE
Wed 1 Oct, 2014US Bank ArenaCincinnati. OH
Tue 8 Jul, 2014First Direct ArenaLeeds, UK
Sat 30 Nov, 2013Spokane ArenaSpokane, WA
Sun 24 Nov, 2013LA Sports ArenaLos Angeles, CA
Fri 1 Nov, 2013Voodoo FestivalNew Orleans, LA
Wed 30 Oct, 2013Time Warner Cable ArenaCharlotte, NC
Sun 27 Oct, 20131st Mariner ArenaBaltimore, MD
Tue 22 Oct, 2013Wells Fargo ArenaPhiladelphia, PA
Sat 19 Oct, 2013Barclays CenterBrooklyn, NY
Sat 12 Oct, 2013First Niagara CenterBuffalo, NY
Fri 19 Jul, 2013Wrigley FieldChicago, IL
Tue 16 Jul, 2013Budweiser GardensLondon, ONT
Sat 6 Apr, 2013Lollapalooza ChileSantiago, Chile
Tue 10 Jul, 2012ForumCopenhagen, Denmark
Thu 5 Jul, 2012O2 WorldBerlin, Germany
Thu 21 Jun, 2012M.E.N. ArenaManchester, UK
Fri 11 Nov, 2011ZequinhaPorto Alegre, Brazil
Sun 25 Sep, 2011Pacific ColiseumVancouver, British Columbia
Fri 23 Sep, 2011Rexall PlaceEdmonton, Alberta
Sat 17 Sep, 2011MTS CenterWinnipeg, Manitoba
Mon 12 Sep, 2011Air Canada CentreToronto, Ontario
Tue 6 Jul, 2010Heineken Jammin' FestivalVenice, Italy
Wed 23 Jun, 2010Odyssey ArenaBelfast, Northern Ireland
Fri 21 May, 2010Madison Square GardenNew York, New York
Thu 13 May, 2010Jiffy Lube LiveBristow, VA
Mon 3 May, 2010Sprint CenterKansas City, Missouri
Fri 20 Nov, 2009Etihad StadiumMelbourne, Australia
Fri 30 Oct, 2009Wachovia Spectrum ArenaPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Wed 7 Oct, 2009Gibson AmphitheaterUniversal City, California
Sun 4 Oct, 2009Austin City LimitsAustin, Texas
Wed 30 Sep, 2009Gibson AmphitheaterUniversal City, California
Sat 26 Sep, 2009Clark County AmpitheaterPortland, OR
Tue 22 Sep, 2009Key ArenaSeattle, Washington
Mon 24 Aug, 2009United CenterChicago, Illinois
Mon 17 Aug, 2009Manchester Evening News ArenaManchester, England
Tue 11 Aug, 2009Shepherd's Bush EmpireLondon, UK
Tue 24 Jun, 2008Madison Square GardenNew York, New York
Mon 16 Jun, 2008Colonial CenterColumbia, South Carolina
Thu 12 Jun, 2008St. Pete Times ForumTampa, Florida
Mon 18 Jun, 2007Wembley ArenaLondon, England
Tue 12 Jun, 2007OlympiahalleMunich, Germany
Wed 22 Nov, 2006Adelaide Entertainment CentreAdelaide, Australia
Thu 16 Nov, 2006Rod Laver ArenaMelbourne, Australia
Wed 8 Nov, 2006Acer ArenaSydney, Australia
Sat 23 Sep, 2006WuhlheideBerlin, Germany
Thu 14 Sep, 2006PalaMalagutiBologna, Italy
Wed 30 Aug, 2006SportpaleisAntwerp, Belgium
Tue 18 Jul, 2006Bill Graham Civic AuditoriumSan Francisco, California
Sat 15 Jul, 2006Bill Graham Civic AuditoriumSan Francisco, California
Sun 2 Jul, 2006Pepsi CenterDenver, Colorado
Sat 24 Jun, 2006US Bank ArenaCincinnati, Ohio
Tue 30 May, 2006Verizon CenterWashington, D.C.
Sat 27 May, 2006Tweeter Center at the WaterfrontCamden, New Jersey
Tue 16 May, 2006United CenterChicago, Illinois
Tue 9 May, 2006Air Canada CentreToronto, Ontario
Fri 5 May, 2006Irving PlazaNew York, New York
Thu 4 May, 2006Ed Sullivan TheatreNew York, New York
Thu 20 Apr, 2006AstoriaLondon, England
Sat 3 Dec, 2005PacaembuSao Paolo, Brazil
Sat 1 Oct, 2005Borgata Events CenterAtlantic City, New Jersey
Sat 24 Sep, 2005Mile One StadiumSt. Johns, Newfoundland
Mon 19 Sep, 2005Air Canada CentreToronto, Ontario
Tue 13 Sep, 2005Copps ColiseumHamilton, Ontario
Fri 9 Sep, 2005Fort William GardenThunder Bay, Ontario
Wed 7 Sep, 2005Credit Union CenterSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Wed 29 Sep, 2004Fleet CenterBoston, Massachusetts
Sat 19 Jul, 2003Palacio De Los DeportesMexico City, Mexico
Mon 14 Jul, 2003PNC Bank Arts CenterHolmdel, New Jersey
Wed 9 Jul, 2003Madison Square GardenNew York, New York
Wed 2 Jul, 2003Tweeter CenterMansfield, Massachusetts
Sun 29 Jun, 2003Bell CenterMontreal, Quebec
Thu 26 Jun, 2003DTE Energy Music TheatreClarkston, Michigan
Sun 22 Jun, 2003Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre IndianaNoblesville, Indiana
Wed 18 Jun, 2003United CenterChicago, Illinois
Fri 6 Jun, 2003MGM GrandLas Vegas, Nevada
Thu 5 Jun, 2003San Diego Sports ArenaSan Diego, California
Sun 1 Jun, 2003Shoreline AmphitheatreMountain View, California
Wed 30 Apr, 2003Nassau ColiseumUniondale, New York
Fri 25 Apr, 2003Gund ArenaCleveland, Ohio
Tue 22 Apr, 2003Savvis CenterSt. Louis, Missouri
Sat 19 Apr, 2003Hi Fi Buys AmphitheatreAtlanta, Georgia
Fri 1 Sep, 2000E-CentreCamden, New Jersey
Fri 25 Aug, 2000Jones Beach Music TheatreWantagh, New York
Wed 23 Aug, 2000Jones Beach Music TheatreWantagh, New York
Mon 21 Aug, 2000Polaris AmphitheatreColumbus, Ohio
Thu 17 Aug, 2000AmSouth AmphitheatreNashville, Tennessee
Wed 9 Aug, 2000Mars Music AmphitheatreWest Palm Beach, Florida
Fri 4 Aug, 2000Blockbuster PavilionCharlotte, North Carolina
Wed 28 Jun, 2000Sjohistoriska MuseetStockholm, Sweden
Mon 26 Jun, 2000SporthalleHamburg, Germany
Thu 22 Jun, 2000Forum MilanMilan, Italy
Sun 18 Jun, 2000ResidenzplatzSalzburg, Austria
Thu 15 Jun, 2000SpodekKatowice, Poland
Wed 14 Jun, 2000Paegas ArenaPrague, Czech Republic
Sat 3 Jun, 2000S.E.C.C.Glasgow, Scotland
Wed 23 Sep, 1998Coral Sky AmphitheatreWest Palm Beach, Florida
Sat 19 Sep, 1998Constitution HallWashington, DC
Wed 16 Sep, 1998Great Woods CenterMansfield, Massachusetts
Sun 6 Sep, 1998Thompson-Boling ArenaKnoxville, Tennessee
Sat 29 Aug, 1998Blockbuster Music Entertainment CenterCamden, New Jersey
Thu 20 Aug, 1998Molson CentreMontreal, Quebec
Wed 22 Jul, 1998Memorial Stadium, SeattleSeattle, Washington
Sat 18 Jul, 1998Rose Garden ArenaPortland, Oregon
Mon 13 Jul, 1998Great Western ForumInglewood, California
Mon 29 Jun, 1998United CenterChicago, Illinois
Sat 20 Jun, 1998Washington-Grizzly StadiumMissoula, Montana
Sun 24 Nov, 1996Cascais PavilionLisbon, Portugal
Thu 21 Nov, 1996Sports PalaceBarcelona, Spain
Sun 17 Nov, 1996Sports Hall BudapestBudapest, Hungary
Fri 15 Nov, 1996Sports Hall PraguePrague, Czech Republic
Wed 13 Nov, 1996Forum MilanMilan, Italy
Tue 12 Nov, 1996PalaeurRome, Italy
Wed 6 Nov, 1996ParkhalAmsterdam, Netherlands
Sun 3 Nov, 1996DeutschlandhalleBerlin, Germany
Fri 1 Nov, 1996The TorwarWarsaw, Poland
Tue 29 Oct, 1996Wembley ArenaLondon, England
Thu 24 Oct, 1996Millstreet ArenaCork, Ireland
Mon 7 Oct, 1996F.L. Baseball StadiumFt. Lauderdale, Florida
Sat 5 Oct, 1996N. Charleston ColiseumCharleston, South Carolina
Wed 2 Oct, 1996Dodge Music CenterHartford, Connecticut
Tue 1 Oct, 1996Marine Midland ArenaBuffalo, New York
Sun 29 Sep, 1996Downing Stadium, Randall's IslandNew York, New York
Sat 14 Sep, 1996The ShowboxSeattle, Washington