Since New Year 2009, my girlfriend and I seem to have an unspoken rule against putting on Last Kiss...It was a song that we both loved, however, her best friend was a pedestrian killed by a drunk and drugged driver on New Year 2009(take note anyone who believes 'bubbles' are innocent')...listening to any song with the theme of a car crash is pretty difficult but Pearl Jam's version of Last Kiss is just too painfully emotional a vocal performance to listen to. We've never actually confronted the fact that we don't play it, we just don't.
I think lots of Pearl Jam songs have that kind of effect on me, because (probably like many of you) I used constant Pearl Jam as therapy for getting over my ex girlfriend of 5 years many years ago during some tough times of drug and drink abuse. So certain songs have seemingly 'un-shiftable' imagery attached to them which is not necessarily a good thing.
However, I have never stopped listening to any of those songs (except Last Kiss) as it has allowed me to help create a new context for each song as I am the happiest I have ever been in life with my girlfriend of 3 years...I think this is important when trying to move on from things...facing your demons and such (not there yet with Last Kiss though.)
Songs which give me a painfully 'real' reminder of my past are:
Present Tense, Red Mosquito, Nothingman, All or None, Crazy Mary (Beneroyal), Man of the Hour.
Anyone else have songs that are not necessarily sad, but have personal negative significance for some reason?
...also, I echo the sentiment on Light Years...since hearing the version at the 02 they dedicated to their surfer friend, that song (particularly that version) really speaks to me
You can't spend your time alone, re-digesting past regrets - you can't come to terms and realize you're the only one who can forgive yourself - it makes much more sense to live in the present tense.
Leeds Festival - 25/08/2006, London O2 - 18/08/2009. London Hyde Park - 25/06/2010...upcoming... Manchester MEN - 20/06/2012, Manchester MEN - 21/06/2012 :)