Eddie Vedder wrote "Better Man" before joining Pearl Jam while he was still in his teens. He performed it with his previous band, a San Diego-based group called Bad Radio.
This song is about a woman who settles for the man she has because she doesn't think she can do any better. Vedder had his stepfather in mind when he wrote it. After Eddie's biological father died, his mother remarried, and Eddie thought she did it only because she needed someone to help support the family.
At some concerts, Vedder has dedicated this to "the bastard who married my mother."
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