- "Alive" was written by Eddie Vedder about the grief associated with finding out his biological father was a man he had met a few times but did not know was his father until after his death when Eddie was 13, 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."
- "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.
- "Given to Fly" is about a man who faces hardship and persecution, but continues to love others. Or an angel who gets his wings. Both interpretations are possible.
- "Wishlist" is a love song from Eddie to his then-wife, Beth Liebling. This became a Tear Jerker when they divorced two years later, giving rise to the Darker and Edgier Binaural album.
- Binaural did contain one straightforward and rather sweet love song, "Thin Air"
There's a light / When my baby's in my arms / And I know she's reached my heart / In thin air...
- A twisted example from a rather dark album: "Help Help", from Riot Act - which came out soon after 9/11 - contains a fairly heartwarming Aesop about not labeling or demonizing others:
The man they call my enemy / I've seen his eyes, he looks just like me...
- Their 2006 self-titled album has a lot of heartwarming moments:
- "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 Heartwarming Moment in itself.
- Eddie's cover of "Let it Go" at a concert in Milan, which was done as a special request from his little daughter.
- "Sirens", taken literally, is a moving love song - but the deeper meaning is passing on hope and love to the next generation. Either way, those are messages to live by.