EW exclusive news: Leaked Eddie Vedder song 'Better Days' is his contribution to the 'Eat Pray Love' soundtrack

roberts-vedderImage Credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty ImagesOver the past couple of days, the always-exciteable members of the Pearl Jam message board community have been scrambling to figure out the origin of an accidentally leaked Eddie Vedder-sung track apparently called “Better Days.” The song was hacked from the secure site of Monkeywrench Records, Pearl Jam’s label, and spread — as such things do — like wildfire across the web, with speculation ranging from “It’s a lost track from Riot Act!” to “It’s this year’s Christmas single!” (You can hear the leak here.)

How about: It’s Eddie Vedder’s contribution to the Eat Pray Love soundtrack! A source close to the band has confirmed exclusively to EW.com that the track is a new original from Vedder, intended to play during this summer’s Julia Roberts-starring odyssey. Lyrics like “My love is saved for the universe, see me now I’m bursting / on one planet, so many turns, different worlds” would certainly seem to jive with Elizabeth Gilbert’s story of global self-discovery, and there’s an exotic edge to the instrumentation that could happily live in Italy, or India, or Indonesia. Eat Pray Love star Javier Bardem and Vedder are friends, which may explain Ed’s participation. And considering 7 million people or something bought Gilbert’s book, it’s a savvy involvement for anyone.

Now that we know what the song’s for, what do you think, Mixers? (And you, Jamily friends?) A worthy contribution to the soundtrack? A worthy soundtrack for Vedder to contribute to? And if you’ve just now heard the leak, what do you think?

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  • Entertainment2u-Twitter

    Interesting — so not a PEARL JAM song after all — but an Eddie song. Anything he or the band puts out is GOOD STUFF.

    • LOL

      I thought it was a wonderful song.

    • the vicster

      I read the book, pretty excited to see how it plays out as a movie. Listening to the song, at first I thought it was the Zen-Drivers…

    • Jamirawan

      So ‘In To The Wild’! So Eddie! So beautiful!

      • Karin

        I agree totally!!!awsome!!!!

  • arthurdent

    I’d just like to point out that the song was NOT “hacked” but rather simply downloaded from an UNSECURED (at the time) website.

  • bob

    I’d just like to point out that Pearl Jam fans do not, ever, ever, refer to themselves as “Jamily.” That was something EW made up when writing about PJ a couple of years ago. They may have got this word from a couple of fans, I’m guessing the hippie, ex-deadhead, branch of the fandom, but this is not a word the majority of us use. Ever.

    • jessica

      pearl jam fans have been referred to as “jamily” long before EW ever picked it up. i’m pretty sure i’ve even read it in an issue of DEEP or the previous newsletter the ten club used to mail out, and i know i’ve seen it in the rumor pit e-mails.

      • bob

        I’ve been in the ten club for a while and EW was the first place I ever read the word “Jamily.” Which issue of Deep would this be in. Are we sure it wasn’t a joke? Like I said I can see the deadhead crowd calling themselves this but the average PJ fan?? I don’t think so. Come on! This band was once the voice of rage in America. Songs like “Leash”, “Not for You” or “Why Go?” do not inspire a fanbase called “Jamily.” Jamily soungs like a group of muppets, or people who love jam.

    • KJ

      “Jamily” was actually first used way back in the mid 90s when the Interwebs first started coming to homes, when web access was at an hourly rate and just a few dozen souls used to gather on AOL to discuss PJ. We were a tight knit group and Jamily wasn’t the dirty word it has since become. Peace.

      • Sue1

        You’re correct. The word has been around a while, used by many fans. Some hate it, some don’t.
        C’est la vie.

    • Jamaniac

      Bob’s a snob. Where is your sense of humor? “Jamily” has been around a long, long time, used by the fans on AOL message boards back in 1995. It was a term of affection we had for our fellow PJ fans. Obviously you don’t go back that far.

      • Aless

        right. LOL. it was affectionate, and a word that meant we loved each other. kill me for being sappy, but that’s how it once was. And i wouldn’t trade my life experience for a return to my youth, which is saying something!

      • bob

        Hey. I’ve been fan since ’91! Truth is I’ve never been a big internet chat/fan forum guy so I never was part of the Aol scene. I didn’t know that was the origin. I don’t mean to bash that scene or those of you who were part of. “Jamily” is still an awful word though. I can’t come up with a better one. I’ve always just used the term “Pearl Jam fan” or “PJ fan” for short. Peace.

  • Evolution

    This song is incredible… it really grows on you, and is a sure winner for the Oscar. Now I can’t wait to see the movie!

  • LOL

    Whitney sucks. She has moved from “binder clips” to “Jamily.” Can’t write a thing without silly gimmicks.

  • Jerome

    I will second the comments that PJ fans did not go on and hack the site like a bunch of rabid animals. it was accidentally posted, then spread virally. that’s the internets.

  • High Again

    Great song… Eddie Vedder, whether with Pearl Jam or without can’t do any wrong. It is rare for an artist’s material to hold up equally as strong in their solo act as it does when they change gears and front a band.

  • itiswhatitis

    This song is great compared to most but just OK for Eddie Vedder. It pales next to his beautiful soundtrack from “Into The Wild.”

    • Allison

      I agree. I do love this song. It’s great for the movie it was made for. But does it compare to “Into the Wild”? Not quite.

  • Theopop

    Is this a joke? It’s not funny if it is

  • Penny

    I have heard Mike in an interview talk about “The Jamily”

    Nice song Ed :)

  • Matt

    Ugh. Pearl Jam Fans: We’re such geeks…

    Amazing Song

  • Sue1

    Beautiful song. Vedder has one of the finest, most under-appreciated voices in rock.

  • LN

    I could listen to Eddie all day.

    • Jamirawan

      Me too…

      • Stauros

        Yes, I agree. But the movie is not only about the uonnkwn … ! So I think you should see the movie to understand it. I have read the book way before the movie was made and in that Sean Penn was good as well, to put a book into a film without losing its context, meaning. The movie is for sure a must see …. urgently !

  • Cindy

    Love the song, love Eddie. Loved the book. Looking forward to hearing this song in the movie.

  • Key

    Awesome song. Kinda dissapointed about the movie. You Tube it is.

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