Does anyone know why, in the CD booklet for Pearl Jam's second album, Vs., on the lyrics page for the song "REARVIEWMIRROR", the word "united" appears to be replaced with a square-root symbol ()?

Here is an image from pjcollectors.com:

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The full lyric shown above is

head @ your feet
fool to your crown
fist on my plate
swallowed it down
enmity gaged
[united] by FEAR
tried to endure
what i could not


In live versions of the song, Vedder has sung the lyric "Divided by fear."
Here is a live version of Rearviewmirror from Pearl Jam's YouTube channel with the alternate lyric.

The symbol in the lyric sheet was probably intended to be the long division symbol, for "divided."

  • I wonder if this means he recorded "united" first, but soon afterward he began vacillating on the lyric and meaning (I recall hearing this was a difficult time for the band) just in time to change the art booklet.
    – 2540625
    Apr 8 '17 at 2:50

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