"Even Flow" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by guitarist Stone Gossard, "Even Flow" was released in 1992 as the second single from the band's debut album, Ten (1991).


The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was included in Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003). A remixed version of the song was included on the 2009 Ten reissue.


"Even Flow" features lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by guitarist Stone Gossard. Bassist Jeff Ament said, "I knew it was a great song all along, and I felt that it was the best song that we got the worst take of on the first record. There were a hundred takes on that song, and we just never nailed it."


Drummer Dave Krusen said, "I was pretty green back then and 'Even Flow' suffered from too much fluctuation." He added that "it was really tough for me. I don't know why. Not sure why we didn't use that one from the demo as well, but I know it felt better."


Guitarist Mike McCready stated, "We did 'Even Flow' about 50, 70 times. I swear to God it was a nightmare. We played that thing over and over until we hated each other. I still don't think Stone is satisfied with how it came out."




Lyrics


Freezing

Rests his head on a pillow made of concrete, again

Oh, feeling

Maybe he'll see a little better, set of days, ooh yeah

Oh, hand out

Faces that he sees time again ain't that familiar, oh yeah

Oh, dark grin

He can't help, when he's happy he looks insane, hm yeah


Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies

Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away

Oh, someday yet, he'll begin his life again

Life again, life again


Kneeling

Looking through the paper though he doesn't know to read, oh yeah

Oh, praying

Now to something that has never showed him anything

Oh, feeling

Understands the weather of the winters on its way

Oh, ceilings

Few and far between all the legal halls of shame, hey


Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies

Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away

Oh, someday yet, he'll begin his life again

...Ah, whispering hands, gently lead him away

Him away, him away


Yeah!

Woo, ah yeah... fuck it up


Hey man, you got a dollar?

Come on, just some spare change, man, I know you got

Well, God bless you, man, God bless you


Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies

Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away

Oh, someday yet, he'll begin his life again

Oh, whispering hands, gently lead him away

Him away, him away... yeah!

Woo, ah yeah