Like many songs of this era, the lyrics saw Eddie Vedder coming to terms with Pearl Jam’s fame. Ironically, as ‘No Code’ was released, their popularity was shrinking as times and tastes were changing. The music, composed by Mike McCready, seemed to demonstrate that you can get through tumultuous times: it starts out slow, gets a bit frantic, and then slows down again.

Greetings Pearl Jam fans,

Recently Pearl Jam has been dropping some pretty cool live performances online.  This afternoon we got a real nice surprise with “Present Tense” recorded live at Sports Hall in Budapest, Hungary on November 17, 1996.   The video might be a little grainy, but this is a GREAT performance from the band.  It’s not often you get to see 1996 Pearl Jam!  Enjoy.

-The Coach