We have been huge fans for years of the song “Santa Cruz” by Pearl Jam. It was released on December 31, 2008, not on an official PJ album but on a compilation album with various artist. (Update: “Santa Cruz” was re-released in December 2019 as a single)

In April of the same year Eddie Vedder came into town and played at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for a kick off to his acoustic tour. The Mercury News reported the following day:

The 2,000 or so who crammed into Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on Saturday were thrilled just to be in the presence of rock royalty, as the lead singer of Pearl Jam took the stage for the first U.S. performance of his first solo acoustic tour.

But after nearly two hours of stripped-down Pearl Jam obscurities, living-room ukulele ditties, favorite covers, a quirky room-service anecdote, a beautiful experiment in vocal loops and several songs from Vedder’s soundtrack to Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild,” Vedder launched into “Pulling Into Santa Cruz,” a loving ode to Surf City penned that very afternoon in lieu of catching some waves.

I can feel the lifting of my blues,” he sang, “pulling into Santa Cruz.”


We thought it would be fun to put the song to videos of Santa Cruz since there is no official video. Video includes drone footage from by Ernest Smith (Instagram @earnest.smith.89) and koi footage by Sergio Iribe.


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