Pearl Jam - Rats Lyrics




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
don't shit where they're not supposed to
don't take what's not theirs, they don't compare...
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...
rats...they don't compare
rats...they don't compare
ben, the two of us need look no more
ben, the two of us need look no more





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  1. Ewen Nicolson

    It's a critique of the US left. The rats are the US right wing. The left are helplessly divisive and individualistic. The American right are a hive mind who work on a series of self interests that unite to achieve a greater goal of control and societal uniformity.

    Fucking duh!

  2. ActsisMMLJ CorrectlyObeyed

    Well that rules out Antifa.

  3. BDizDaBest

    Lick the dirt off Olajuwon’s feet

  4. Neema Fouladi

    THIS ONE OF THOSE SONGS THAT YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO TWICE!

  5. Daniel G

    Its weird because is their second album but I think vs is their best album ever.

  6. Jack Gorbett

    I just came here for funky Jeff Ament bass and misanthropic lyrical execution for all introverts. ♡

  7. Cody Pearson

    The outro at 2:50 hits me in the feels every time!

    Ki Longfellow

    Love you using outro. My husband created that. The Intro and the outro.

  8. Handler Rezei

    Pearl Jam has many wonderful songs like this one, and most people only listen to Black, Even Flow, Jeremy and Alive. So stupid...

    Neema Fouladi

    They had many great songs. The album "Ten" is one of my all time favorites!

  9. Andrea Whitney

    THAY DON'T COMPARE . !!!!!!!!!!!

  10. J R

    Dave A. Killing that funk rock

  11. SALIO

    Vs, Best album.x

  12. Señor LoboSolar

    Ben, the two of us need love no more...


    Thanks to Pearl Jam. Thanks to Michael Jackson

  13. Muhsin Toksoy

    Best album with best drummer

  14. redz machine

    Best album

  15. redz machine

    They don't scurry when something bigger comes their way they don't shit..

  16. Storm Raven

    We go where we want to go...

  17. Jeremy Raboin

    Ben, the two of us need look no more.

  18. Jeremy Raboin

    One is one , don't shit where their not supposed to, don't take what's not theirs.

  19. opium blacklotus

    Ben the two of us need look no more

  20. Ian Williams

    Not a fan but this song is fuckn awsum

  21. Jefg Goldman

    Great social commentary ratts are btr than us currently butbwe gotbcell phones andvheroin ha ha stupid rats lol

  22. Stefano Franchini

    My favorite PJ song to play on the drums. This beat is just sick, damn!

  23. Morgan Cantrell

    I can confirm that rats do indeed eat like they are starving, they do sleep, they do push a lot and crowd together, they do scurry when something bigger comes their way, they do take what's not theirs, they do poop in places they shouldn't live their food dish, but they definitely don't compare. Give them a chance, they are really cute, sweet, and fun. Sincerely the mom of two dwarf rat brothers named Stone and Jerry.

  24. Poppy Kneegrow

    Theyyy.dont.scurryyy.when.somethinggg.biggerrr.comes.their.wayyyy

  25. Limits98

    Lyrics

    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
    Don't shit where they're
    Not supposed to
    Don't take what's not theirs,
    They don't compare...

    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..

    Rats...
    They don't compare
    Rats...
    They don't compare
    Oh

    Ben,
    The two of us need look no more
    Yeah
    Ben,
    The two of us need look no more
    Ben,
    The two of us need look no more
    Oh
    Ben,
    The two of us need look no more
    Oh
    Oh
    Yeah
    Ben,
    The two of us need look no more
    Ben,
    The two of us need look no more

  26. Xaiver Vault Hunter

    That new song RATS from that new band on 93X is terrible. Like the only good part is the guitar solo. If they're gonna play a song with Rats in the title it should be this. This song puts that song to shame Pearl Jam is the shit.

  27. Keith Leeuwen

    GREAT !

  28. António Pedroso

    Thank you for playing it live yesterday!!!! PJ❤️

  29. Genghis Khan

    Drugs...and octopuses.

  30. Blond Thought

    The irony is as heavy as the beat.

  31. SALIO

    still so very good

  32. Eoj Lebag

    A slick song by one of the very best, most underrated rock bands of all time. Funky as hell.

    Bunte Lrad

    Eoj Lebag I don't really think there underrated...

    Ch4rlene1

    Underrated....... really....?? Touring with sell out shows for nearly 30 years straight.... yea.... totally underrated....😉

  33. El Pechero

    Pearl Jam Ft Charlie Sheen (the first verses sounds like if Charlie were talking :P)

  34. James Geekie

    Who is Ben that he refers to in the last verse?

    Aaron D

    James Geekie it's from a Jackson 5 song called Ben

    alfred perez

    Based off of a movie about a boy who befriends a rat called Ben

  35. __________________

    My interpretation of the song is either that humans are like rats or that rats are better than humans

    Aaron Plowman

    Pearlgardenbonevanapilotdogpumpkinchains 90's Neither. Bout a pet rat Eddy had. Although ur part right. Rats are better is what the song means.

    Serpent Sepia

    I figured rats referred to people living on the street.

    elle x

    In my opinion i think he talks about fake friends who use you and everything from you to benefit themselves. He's like.."good friends dont do this and this, etc". He just compares them to rats and we use a similar expression here so 😂

    TheGreaterGood80

    Humans and rats are two of the biggest mammal success stories. Both species can adapt to almost any environment and live just about anywhere. It's sort of hard to understand exactly what Eddie is getting at with this comparison, but it is interesting to speculate nonetheless.

    Ewen Nicolson

    Read an interview once with Vedder where he ruminated on why the left in America are so divided and disconnected. he contrasted with the right, who fall directly back in line, no matter how disparate their Allegiances. They will eat others alive to preserve their position.

  36. Duncan Mathers

    I love how Ed fires Ben in at the end 😂. And that melody is fucking delicious...

    Aaron D

    Duncan Mathers it's from a Michael Jackson song

    Bunte Lrad

    @duncan..do your research

  37. __________________

    Bleh why did they get rid of dave

  38. Dan Hartwig

    The end of this song kicks Fucking Ass

  39. MrsPaul

    This was always my favorite song off of this album. (I remember listening to it on cassette tape!)

    grabman

    MrsPaul I do too!

    Rosalynde Vas Dias

    cassette <3 <3 <3

    Rali Ray

    @grabman me too...

  40. july93 gm

    Tum, tum,🎶 tu,ru,ru,,tu,ru,ru,tu,ru,tum,tum🎶
    They dont eat, dont sleep🎵🎵

    That music signed a increíble
    period in my Life, the best.
    From Málaga, spain

    Antonina Wróbel

    Málaga 💟

  41. okir rama

    only pj can make a song about rats and bugs 😂😂😂

  42. Soham Sali

    The outro is pretty epic.

    Ashley Richards

    The outro is powerful as fuck

  43. felipe andres muñoz bastias

    RATS..🎵🎶🎼

  44. Poknatin Pokkers

    to give more weight. try to add true meaning to every line, then, treat it all as a sarcastic message. a comparison to all the (supposedly) important people in the song writer's life. kudos. gud luk

    Poknatin Pokkers

    may i start?

  45. Brian Patrick

    I think this song means rats are better than humans, I mean listen, they don't do " human activities"

  46. RouletteYT

    if you cut the vocals you can easily say this is a RHCP song

    The Otherside

    That bass amirite

    Mark Adam Harold

    It's too good to be a RHCP song

    ana correa

    RouletteYT I'd said that Dirty Frank sounds like a RHCP song much more than Rats...

    pongo d

    ana correa  yeah dirty frank is totally a chili peppers tune

    James H

    RHCP did take Pearl Jam under their wings in their early years so maybe it rubbed off on them in Vs.

  47. Bradley Landau

    gossards always scurry and cant heaaaeere.

    Morgan Cantrell

    My pet rat is named Stone so I agree

  48. gingersleep

    Pretty sure rats don't give a shit where they shit. I can relate to that.

    MozartsSister

    They tend to use an area away from their beds/nests; they're not complete animals ;-)

  49. Dante Nastasi

    Jeff has such a sick bass line on this one

    Aaron Plowman

    Dante Nastasi Love it too. One of pearl jams best.

    Lori Leigh

    I agree. Jeff's bass is sick af!

    Jefg Goldman

    No doubt this glorified g andvdissidentvtopbfew jam songs the boys spokevthectruth man

  50. big ol'

    I miss the reference here.

    Jeffrey Whelchel

    I thought the song was originally making a political statement, but it is actually referring to the 1972 horror movie, "Ben".
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068264/

    MozartsSister

    Interesting; I knew near the end it was a ref to M'Jackson's 'Ben' but I thought the young Michael was singing about a rat he knew; didn't realise it was from a film, thanks :)

    Italia 1897

    Rup Tratin i thought was Ben Kweller of Radish grunge band

    Haywood Jablome

    @Jeffrey Whelchel "ben" is part 2 of the '71 movie "Willard"....Willard was the main character and Ben, his best friend, was a rat, the leader of the pack of rats that would kill for Willard

  51. Winstone Samson

    Fucken Powerful shit!!! fuck me FUCK!! this is d one whos gonna be Fucking my whole fuckin s2pid fucking WOrlD..FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!! yeahHH Fucking Awesome CooL FUCK!!!!! i Luv u guys.. i`m fuckin crying right now.. tears of joy xD FUCK!!! I feel like Final Destination FUCKED!! HAHAHAHAH WOoooooooooooooooo FUCKKKKKKKKK YOUUU BIEBER!!!! ./.

    Poknatin Pokkers

    to give more weight. try to add true meaning to every line, then, treat it all as a sarcastic message. a comparison to all the (supposedly) important people in the song writer's life. kudos. gud luk

  52. bnk57

    On the prowl.

  53. Jupiter

    shitfuck peniswrinkle

  54. Wyatt Matta

    Who are they talkin about!/=? They TALKIN SHIT or Telling The Truth!? Are those two different things or one in the same? Isn't the grass greener on the other side!?

  55. Trev Mac

    thanks for posting the songs PTFan

  56. LukeInside

    That beat has more fat than American bacon. It's awesome.

    flyspiderbird

    LukeInside yeah it's chunky. IMO pj lost a big part of their sound when they kicked out this drummer.

  57. Anita grey

    ...they don't compare...

    SuperSparrow45

    Rrrats.

    DemonWarp65

    Ben, the two of us need look no more.

    Francisca Saraiva

    😍💖

  58. Darth Khakis

    And run as one.......

  59. stricken79

    Boronia train station and safeway car park.

  60. Lord Hagar

    Lift the dirt off Olajuwon's feet

    TheGreaterGood80

    +Lord Hagar Lick the dirt off Elijah Wood's feet

    Noe Díaz

    my hole life ive thought it was lick the dirt of olajuwons feet ... actually I still think that ... :) ,,,,

    Duncan Mathers

    TheGreaterGood80 😂😂😂😂😂😂

    thomas houghton

    Lord Hagar 😂

    James H

    I will never un-hear that as long as I live

  61. Rin Jacob

    this song refers to the movie called "ben"

    __________________

    Rin Jacob nope it refers to the Michael Jackson song Ben

    Haywood Jablome

    @__________________ they both refer to the 1971 movie "Willard"

  62. Darth Khakis

    Procreate until they are dead........They dont compare......

  63. GonnaDoABarrelRoll

    who the fuck is Ben?

    Joetje1979

    Eddie Vedder had a pet-rat called Ben.

    Ben Wright

    +Joetje1979 u sure ur not thinking of Michael Jackson ... maybe they both did lol

    Stevie Johnson

    Ben is the title of a movie in the 80s.Micheal Jackson has a son titled Ben.

    __________________

    Michael Jackson song

  64. Ben Wherlock

    And also the Michael Jackson song!

  65. karen carroll

    I'm born Year of the Rat so this Appealed No end For Me

    Morgan Cantrell

    Lucky! I love rats!

  66. FTWorWTF

    "Ben, the two of us need look no more
    Ben, the two of us need look no more
    Ben, the two of us need look no more
    Ben, the two of us need look no more"
    ^ reference to the 70s psychothriller "Willard", maybe?

    Walter Velez

    The MJ song from the movie.

    No Need To Fear Your Friendly Neighborhood Negro Is Here

    I like your album cover

  67. PearlJamPTFan

    Awesome teacher that one.

  68. TheXL0

    my teacher told me to search this.

    Lukas Raus

    and i told your teacher :D