I could climb until I reach where angels reside
ask around to find out where the junkies applied
you just up and left me on this rock all alone
it's my fault for knowing now what I should have known

ohhh oh oh
my heart is tired of beating slow
oh oh
it's been deflating since you died
died
since you died
died

I could drop until I touch the sinister side
visit all attractions flipping back and aside
still you leave me rotting on the rock all alone
it's my fault for knowing not what I should have known

oh oh oh
my heart is tired of beating slow
oh oh
it's been deflating since you died
died
since you died
you died
oh oh oh
my heart is tired of beating slow
it's been deflating since you died
since you died

I could climb till I reached where angels reside
I could drop until I touch the sinister side

oh oh
my heart is tired of beating slow
it's been deflating since you died
since you died
died
since you died


Lyrics submitted by aicguy22, edited by Bmiller92

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  • +4
    General CommentI think nothingsacred is right about some of the lyrics, but I believe it's a combination of the two. I think he's refrencing his father, but also his girlfriend Demri. "You just up and left me on this rock all alone" I think refers to his father, but the second verse "You just left me rotting on this rock all alone" I think refers to his girlfriend dying, because his father left him in childhood, but his girlfriend left him rotting for good. The first parts of both verses seem like visiting heaven and hell, like ductape said, and the chorus is just giving up. Knowing he has nothing left to live for. The guy couldn't even get his fix anymore... he was just preventing himself from dying from withdrawal. I think most people here probably watched the interview where he said he wasn't getting high anymore, he was dope sick, puking and shitting himself all the time. At least he's in a better place now.

    RIP Layne Staley
    hoagiedudemanon March 10, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentwell,I am pretty sure this song is for his lost fiance' Demri,who died in 1996 from I geuss heroin overdose,but I've heard different story,but it makes sense,he loved her,and now he's with her again..RIP Layne,your with Demri now
    aicguy22on May 31, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhile this isn't a bad song, it sounds to me that they didn't finish it. it sounds like they didn't give it much work in the studio. layne's vocals sound pretty different from usual, notably in the chorus. i'm not saying it sounds bad, just pretty different.
    rock_hawkon January 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmy biased opinion, don't take it personally: you're all wrong.

    my interpretation of the song, again, don't get mad at me, i'm just being raw, much like the song.

    if anyone knows much 'bout Layne Staley(i know a little bit, he's one of my vocal idols), they know he had a long time search for his father, who he lost as a child. When Layne + dad met, Layne wound up using heroin because of his father's addiction, and a cash flow from Layne's newfound money from rock fame. Layne found out his dad was a jackass anyways.. was severly depressed about it.

    ---------------

    Actual lyric-to-explanation:

    "still you leave me rotting on the rock all alone"

    His dad abondoned him as a child.

    I almost cried at work listening to this shit. Reminds me directly about my life. Personal stuff, I know, but hey- it's music.

    "it's my fault for knowing not what I should have known"

    Layne believed it was not what fate wanted when he pushed the search for the skeleton-in-the-closet of a father he had. He believed it was a wrong decision to pursue the information found about his father's whereabouts.

    Sorry if this lacks detail, I'm ...... :D
    nothingsacredon August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have to agree with aicguy22. this song is most certainly about Demri who died of heart complications as a result of heroin use. Layne didn't take her passing very well, especially since he hadn't seen her for a while before she died. that is one of the main reasons why he became a total recluse in '96. this song was released on Music Bank in '99, so i dont think it was written in AIC's early days.
    SwornToTheBlackon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSworntotheBlack,your right,it was writen when Get Born again was written,back in 99,months before they release Music Bank....and your right too about the heart complications
    aicguy22on August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah it is about her. Anyone find it ironic that this was Alice in Chains last song they recorded together? And it was called "Died!" talk about bad luck Staley. he should have written one called "gonna stop doing Heroin"
    After Layne died I was reading and Died, Get born again and another one were the last 3 songs they recorded together
    Body Hammeron June 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song real raw i wish they couldve finished it,it is sad that this had to be the last song recorded ny the band kinda fitting ending i guess
    aicdirt27on October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it is fitting that the last AIC song was Died. However, they all saw it coming. I mean, they knew they were going to have a tough time after they got back together from there first "hiatus." Susan Silver said that self destruction was not far off for the band when she ended managing them.

    "Over Now" was the last song on Tripod. Jerry hinted it was like that for a reason. They pretty much knew that it would be the last album, or at least there wouldn't be one following it soon. They also used that song to end there "Unplugged" Session. (the TV show, not the CD or DVD) That was there last real National public appearance. Over Now was the real closer for AIC. Died was more of a coincidence.
    Redsand187on November 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always thought of this as an early song, just the way it sounded really. Kinda raw.

    Very moody, very dark, very cool.
    sillybillyon April 04, 2005   Link

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