Pearl Jam fans can’t deny this good news. The veteran band dropped “Can’t Deny Me” on Tuesday, the group’s first new original release in five years and the first song off their previously undisclosed forthcoming album.
“Can’t Deny Me” was released to Pearl Jam fan club members over the weekend, sparking speculation that it was part of a potential new record, which will be the band’s first since 2013’s Lightning Bolt.
Co-produced by the band and their longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien, “Can’t Deny Me” appears to take direct aim at President Donald Trump — albeit without mentioning the Commander-in-Chief’s name.
Your lies are sick
They’re sick and they’re vile
You can’t deny me
Try and talk down to me
My mind it ain’t so simple
Where’s your vocabulary
Your ignorance is sinful
You plant your lying seeds
Watch as the roots take hold
The country you are now poisoning
The higher, the farther, the faster you fly
I know it’s true, and you can’t deny me
Got nothing, got nothing, you got nothing to hide
Little bullsh– whore, and you can’t deny me
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder has frequently called out Trump during the performances over the last year, including taking a knee in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who Trump attacked because of his protests against police brutality.
Listen to “Can’t Deny Me” below.
This is poised to be a busy year for Pearl Jam, as the band will play a series of stadium shows in Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and Missoula, Montana, throughout the summer.