"Alive" was written by Eddie Vedder about the grief associated with finding out his biological father died before he was born, but audiences interpreted it as a life-affirming anthem. Vedder said in 2006 that the audience's interpretation changed the meaning of the song, stating that "They lifted the curse. The audience changed the meaning for me."
His father did not die before he was born. He actually met him a few times, when he was young. He just did not know he was his father till after his death, which given the lyrics, I assume happened around age 13.
"Release" is a heartfelt ode from Eddie to the father he never truly knew.
Oh, dear dad, can you see me now? / I am myself, like you, somehow..
"In My Tree" from No Code is about stepping away from celebrity and its pressures, and reclaiming one's innocence.
From the same album, "Around The Bend" is a lullaby for Jack Irons' young son.
"Inside Job" is about choosing to live life hopefully. It's made even more heartwarming when you realize that the lyrics were written by Mike McCready, who battled drug addiction and Crohn's Disease before finding peace.
I'll not lose my faith...
"Parachutes" is about finding meaning from love, even in a troubled world.
And what a different life / had I not found this love with you..
"Just Breathe" is both this and a Tear Jerker - a simple four-minute song about death, dying, and treasuring the simple moments in life, as well as the people who truly care for you:
Oh, I'm a lucky man / To count on both hands / The ones I love..
Stay with me / Let's just breathe... / Did I say that I need you? / Did I say that I want you? / Well, if I didn't, I'm a fool...
From the same album, there's "Force Of Nature", which uses sailing metaphors to tell the story of a man who's willing to love and remain loyal to his partner, despite her faults. The guitar solo at the end is a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in itself.