I was only 15, standout on the Ave.
You're chasing a bad dream, a luxury I never had
Living my life in the box, or sleepin in the trash
Taking girls for the things I need, like booze, drugs and ass
Get stoned, daily survival in the war zone
Yeah our teens meant everything, alright
Half rack, smoking out till it's all black
Death trap, watch me going blind, oh
I don't care what you say, I
Or what you do
Chemical addiction is
Getting rid of you
So high, colors turn to sound
Goodbye, let us in and we'll lay you in the ground
Chosen on the floor, take another drag
Bought a bunch of valiums from skinny broadway bag
I don't know much about heroin but I, I wanna try
Just about everything once before I die
Get stoned, daily survival in the war zone
Yeah our teens meant everything, alright
Half rack, smoking out till it's all black
Death trap, watch me going blind, oh
I don't care what you say, I
Or what you do
Chemical addiction is
Getting rid of you
So high, colors turn to sound
Goodbye, let us in and we'll lay you in the ground
Now Jerry do me like this...
Get stoned, daily survival in the war zone
Yeah our teens meant everything, alright
Half rack, smoking out till it's all black
Death trap, watch me going blind, oh


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Chemical Addiction song meanings
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    General Comment"Chemical addiction is getting rid of you." Interestingly prophetic words.
    w4nn4b3p07h34don March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think is was mostly written by Jerry, from the sound of it. It appears to be about when Jerry was a kid. How he was on his own. He was just bumming his life. Getting messed up all the time to deal with everything. (remember Jerry had far from the perfect childhood, Layne's was nothing to want either) The chorus talks about how the teens was very okward for him
    Redsand187on April 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSeems pretty straightforward, unlike many of their songs which you have to delve into. Most of their songs r nothin but metaphors. So... dont have much to say on this one 'xcept it sounds cool and has an uplifting chorus that reminds me of being high^^ .
    bandobandoon June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLayne and Jerry when they were younger doing drugs, giving us the music we love today, but at the expense of Layne's life. What a waste. Chemical Addiction does indeed get rid of you.
    ktrice1on December 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was "chasing a PIPE dream" not a "BAD dream"... pipe having a double meaning - the pipe used to smoke drugs through, or a pipe dream, a fantastic hope that is nearly impossible. The idea being, of course, that both drug taking and wishful thinking are both unproductive activities that make us feel good about ourselves but don't lead anywhere.

    I think the song is about teenage experimentation. I don't agree that its to deal with any specific problems, the song is too upbeat for that. its just about "daily survival" during the teenage years, which are fucked up for everyone no matter what your background.

    "Taking girls for the things I need, like booze, drugs and ass"

    that's how it was for me anyway, when you become a teenager you are suddenly exposed to a world of opportunity for experimentation, i certainly wanted to try "everything once before I die". and even though you're aware what you're doing is self destructive, there's such an excitement associated with it. "our teens meant everything" = and you don't really give a crap about the future, you feel immortal and if you aren't you couldn't care anyway.

    I don't think its about any specific vice, lots are mentioned in this song, sex ("ass"), booze, pot "get stoned", valiums, heroin, "drugs" in general.

    theres lots of other things i wana quickly point out
    "Living my life in the box" = Wasting your life watching TV
    "sleepin in the trash" = getting wasted and passing out in alleys (ooh who hasn't been there...)
    "smoking out till it's all black" = getting fucked to the point of passing out.

    Although this is mostly a song about the enjoyment and excitement of experimentation, they're not under any illusions about where it leads, and as was said, its very prophetic...
    "Goodbye, let us in and we'll lay you in the ground"
    SFy65B2G5rKbzps5acdHwQe6on May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is seriously an account of my teen years.
    Whitchity Manon February 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm where are the idiots who usually post on drug songs insisting they aren't really about drugs. Maybe they can't come up with some way to disprove the title of the song.
    dirkadirkaon April 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbest comment award goes to dirkadirka, i hate those assholes. Every song bashing religoin to, you see these guys justifying the lyrics, i actually saw a comments on judith, by APC where people are saying its not anti religoin, i guess the lyric FUCK YOUR GOD, wasn't enough.
    georgecohen420on June 10, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I don't know much about heroin but I, I wanna try
    Just about everything once before I die"

    Chillingly ironic, considering how Layne died.
    whiterabieson June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis sounds to me like a song that layne wrote
    it is pretty straight forward for an alice in chains song other than having multiple meanings or thoughts on one line its pretty much as it reads. this song should have been on facelift
    but the feeling I always get from this song is how drugs lead you to death first hes getting stoned then it turns to buying valiums then it turns to trying heroin because its just moving on to more addictive and harmful things and it sounds like me in the song hes saying "living life in the bottle" but I could be wrong. good song and the line "I wanna try just about everything once before I die" relates to so many people who have experimented or used drugs because its just such a sick curiousity
    Cortzillaon May 07, 2010   Link

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