Eddie Vedder's Big Hard Sun

pearl jamCoach Carter made sure I had the MP3 of Eddie Vedder's solo song from the Into The Wild soundtrack. As I was listening to it for the first time, I realized it wasn't an Eddie original but a song I had heard many times on local radio stations. It was a cover, but for the life of me I couldn't name the original artist.

The song is called "Big Hard Sun" and a local band called Indio released it on their 1989 LP Big Harvest. Indio isn't really a "them" but a guy named Gordon Peterson who hasn't been heard from since. If you were listening to Toronto radio in the late 80s and early 90s, you'll recognize this tune.

Eddie does a nice job with it. Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker fills in for Joni Mitchell on this version. Listen to Ed Vedder's "Big Hard Sun" below.

Note: I've been told the player above disappears in IE. It works fine with my Firefox. If you can't see the player above, Teddy Vedder left a link in the comments that will let you stream the song.


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Jamie

Mike, the link doesn’t work. I’m dieing to hear it!

August 31, 2007 @ 10:21 AM

Toronto Mike

That link was to the file hosted on the Into The Wild home page.

Let me investigate...

August 31, 2007 @ 10:25 AM

Toronto Mike

I'm now streaming it in the entry - let me know if the player doesn't work.

August 31, 2007 @ 11:00 AM


Dianna Karapalevski

SOUNDS AMAZING :)

his voice is gorgeous.

September 7, 2007 @ 10:49 PM

Dianna Karapalevski

SOUNDS AMAZING :)

his voice is gorgeous.

September 7, 2007 @ 11:01 PM

stevie

thanks man, we were stumped as to who wrote the song, big hard sun originally. we remember hearing it on wbru out of brown university in the late eighties. indio? we thought hot house flowers. thanks again
stevie

September 24, 2007 @ 8:26 PM

Kyle

AWESOME SONG!!!! Can someone tell me more of his stuff?
Email me.. kylemalkus@aapt.net.au

Is he still alive, intrested in getting him together for a Live aid concert..
Cheers,
Kyle... Australian Music Corporation

October 13, 2007 @ 9:44 AM

Kyle

Was a joke the whole him being alive....
As lead singer of Pearl Jam

October 13, 2007 @ 9:54 AM

Kmk

Gord Peterson, the original singer, still lives in Toronto.

October 19, 2007 @ 7:27 AM

Anonymous

i thought it was broken ice

October 23, 2007 @ 6:56 PM

Scott

Best thing he's sung since 1993

November 15, 2007 @ 12:19 AM

Jeremy Campbell

when I walk beside her
i am the better man
when I look to leave her
I always stagger back again
once I built an ivory tower
so I could worship from above
and when I climbed down to be set free
she took me in again

there's a big
a big hard sun
beaten on the big people
in the big hard world

when she comes to greet me
she is mercy at my feet
when I see her pin her charm
she just throws it back again
once I sought an early grave
to find a better land
she just smiled and laughed at me
and took her blues back again

there's a big
a big hard sun
beaten on the big people
in the big hard world

there's a big
a big hard sun
beaten on the big people
in the big hard world

when I go to cross that river
she is comfort by my side
when I try to understand
she just opens up her eyes

there's a big
a big hard sun
beaten on the big people
in the big hard world

once I stood to lose her
when I saw what I had done
bound down and flew away the hours
of her garden and her sun
so I tried to warn her
i'll turn to see her weep
40 days and 40 nights
and it's still coming down on me

there's a big
a big hard sun
beaten on the big people
in the big hard world

there's a big
a big hard sun
beaten on the big people
in the big hard world

there's a big
a big hard sun
beaten on the big people
in the big hard world

there's a big
a big hard sun
beaten on the big people
in the big hard world

November 21, 2007 @ 9:06 AM

nic

well, that is beautiful, a voice like an angel

December 7, 2007 @ 10:18 AM

doug

Loved this song when it first came out. Heard Vedder's version and thought the original was re-released. Just dug out my old cassette copy of Big Harvest.

December 21, 2007 @ 5:56 PM

Revae

Thanks! This was driving me crazy - I couldn't remember the band but always loved this song and it doesn't seem to be getting much credit. Big Harvest was a great album. Now I can find it - couldn't remember the name!!!

March 23, 2008 @ 5:06 PM

Tracy

Well, Dallas Texas here....they played in on KDGE (used to be considered 'Alternative') I didn't remember the band, but it was not Eddie Vedder or Pearl Jam - thanks for clearing it up for me.

June 21, 2009 @ 1:06 AM

Aussie357

Here's the original - great song, but Vedder makes it his own - as he does with everything. http://optimisticvoices.blogspot.com/2008/03/hard-sun-gordon-peterson.html

September 13, 2009 @ 12:17 PM

Ilechubs

Who sings the chorus for this song?

October 11, 2009 @ 2:05 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

It's Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney.

October 11, 2009 @ 2:16 PM

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