In keeping with the spirit of Yield, the microphone was handed to drummer Jack Irons, whose “Whale Song” didn’t make the album (and probably was never considered a contender, though the title can be seen on rehearsal lists in Single Video Theory) but was included on the third installment of the Surfrider Foundation‘s Music For Our Mother Ocean series, and ultimately appeared on Lost Dogs. The song is slight in some respects, and even if Irons had remained in the band, “Whale Song” would never have inspired a poster campaign calling for its live debut, but it does contain its share of beauty, including lead guitars squeaking and swirling to mimic a humpback’s song, and the low, rumbling, Vedder-sung bridge. Still, it’s easy and understandable to skip past Irons’s thin, half-spoken vocal delivery and painful rhymes. His passion for whales and preservation of the earth’s oceans is admirable enough, though the attacks on mankind are broad, simple, and predictable. Are Pearl Jam, Surfrider, and millions of men and women devoted to the environment not part of humanity as well? Though, credit where it’s due, the idea that “They won’t fight back / I’m sure they know how / Beings that love / Are too proud”, is powerful and intriguing.