There are two popular theories concerning the title of this song:
1) The name “Yellow Ledbetter” originates from an old tongue twister in which you attempt to state “yellow much better, red far better” as fast as you can. Just a few times duplicated, the words become cluttered and you obtain “yellow ledbetter.” The reason they named the track this is because the lyrics are equivalent just like the tongue whirlwind.
2) It’s a homage to Huddy Ledbetter (known as Leadbelly), that was one of the founding fathers of the blues in the 1930s, as well as videotaped a lot of his songs while behind bars for assault. Leadbelly initially taped many classic songs which have been covered by several bands, like “Land of the Rising Sun” and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.”
The genuine significance, nonetheless, as specified in Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story by Kim Neely, is that the title was a joke in honor of a Chicago friend of Eddie Vedder’s called Tim Ledbetter. >>
Eddie Vedder confesses that he changes the verses and also significance of the track when he executes it, yet he created the track with one story in mind, which he told at a concert in Newark, New Jersey on August 7, 2008. He asked if anybody had any concerns, as well as a fellow asked what the lyrics to “Yellow Ledbetter” were. Instead of going word for word, Eddie just informed the tale of the tune.
The track was written during the initial gulf battle, when “Papa Bush” was President, as Eddie calls him. The tale is about a young Grunger child, all dressed up in his flannels with the long greasy hair. His brother goes off to fight in the battle as well as gets eliminated. He obtains a letter that can be found in one of those yellow army envelopes and also learns of his sibling’s death. So, all upset, he chooses to go out and stroll it off. On his walk he goes by a neat, middle-aged or elderly pair remaining on their front porch having some tea, and also he sees that they have an American flag out. He offers a wave, due to the fact that he feels like he relates: “The flag, my brother, you understand …” But they do not recognize, naturally. They do not understand what’s underneath the grunge and the lengthy hair. All they see are the outside looks, and also they don’t swing back.
The song has actually transformed its significance in time as well as Eddie transforms the words to fit whatever is on his mind. >>
The guitar component is a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, as it is similar introduction riff as his “Little Wing.”
Pearl Jam often utilizes this to shut their shows. The houselights come on and also the target market sings along.
This does not appear on any of Pearl Jam’s studio albums; it was released as the B-side of the “Jeremy” single, as well as live version was included on the “Daughter” solitary.
A live variation is the B-side of Pearl Jam’s “Daughter” single.
A brief bit of the track was played in the series finale of the tv series Friends when Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel will board an aircraft to Paris. It noted the first time that Pearl Jam had actually licensed one of their songs for a television program.