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Song by Eddie Vedder

from the album Into the Wild

Released September 18, 2007
Recorded 2007 at Studio X, Seattle, Washington
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:05
Label J
Writer Eddie Vedder
Producer Adam Kasper, Eddie Vedder
Into the Wild track listing
"End of the Road"
(Track 10)
(Track 11)
(Humming Vocal)
(Hidden track)

"Guaranteed" is a song written and performed by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder from the Into the Wild soundtrack (2007). It is the final track on the album. On the album the track also features a hidden track of "Guaranteed" (Humming Vocal) after about two minutes of silence following the regular version of "Guaranteed".



Like the other songs on the soundtrack, "Guaranteed" is based on the story of American wanderer Christopher McCandless. After graduating as a top student from Emory University, and after a foray into the Western United States and Mexico, McCandless decided to give up all of his savings and money and hitchhike to Alaska to live in the wilderness with little food and equipment, hoping to live a period of solitude. Nearly five months later, he died of starvation near Denali National Park and Preserve. Director Sean Penn said that as soon as he heard the song he "just felt that for sure this is the musical voice of (actor) Emile (Hirsch's) character."[1] Eddie Vedder has said that the lyrics "Don't come closer or I'll have to go/Owning me like gravity are places that pull/If ever there was someone to keep me at home/It would be you" are for McCandless' sister, Carine.[1]


Vedder won a 2008 Golden Globe Award for "Guaranteed".[2] At the 2008 Grammy Awards, "Guaranteed" received a nomination for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.[3] "Guaranteed" was also nominated for the 2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song,[4] and a 2008 World Soundtrack Award in the category of Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film.[5]

Music video

The music video for "Guaranteed" was directed by Marc Rocco. The video features Vedder in a dark room performing the song amid a series of floating still images from Into the Wild. It premiered on January 7, 2008 on VH1.[6]

Live performances

"Guaranteed" was first performed live by Vedder at an Into the Wild post-screening party on the Paramount Pictures lot on November 2, 2007.[7] He would go on to perform the song on his 2008 solo tour. It has also been performed once with Pearl Jam during their 2008.[8]


Preceded by
"Song of the Heart" from Happy Feet
Golden Globe for Best Original Song
Succeeded by
"The Wrestler" from The Wrestler


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