Now, first of all, the title... it's a rather long and unusual-sounding title for a song ... The lyrics of the song are rather general and could be talking about many different people. The title gives a specific example that the lyrics apply to. I completely agree. I love the way the lyrics could go many ways, but it's the title that really anchors the thrust of the song. This truly was one of the first glimpses at Ed's more folkish and poetic side. Another great thing about the song is the use of figurative language. There are two images in particular that I really like: "Cannot find the candle of thought to light your name" and "Memories like fingerprints are slowly raising." Two very beautiful and emotional lines. Incredible. The candle of thought line is one that has leapt out at me from day one in 1993. Very beautiful and very visually evokative. An extremely interesting thing about this song is the use of rhyme ... The first occurence is "I seem to recognize your face/Haunting, familiar, yet I can't seem to place it." What's unusual is that "place," unlike "face," is not at the end of its line, but has one more word after it ... There's one more use of rhyme in the song. What? you might say. I don't see it anywhere. And you're right, because it's actually not there. But at the same time, it is. "Me you wouldn't recall, for I'm not my former/It's hard when you're stuck upon the shelf." I'm not my former what? I'm not my former self, of course ... This very unusual use of rhyming helps convey the idea that something is missing. Your observations on rhyme are something I have never considered. I did love the intentional omission of "self" as a rhyming word. This is the only invisible rhyme I know of! LOL... Perhaps these observations will rekindle my love of a Pearl Jam song that was getting very overplayed, overused and tired for me. Honestly I have been skipping this song on Vs. and bootlegs for several years now... I think I just needed a break from it. We'll see what happens from here.