"Confusion" as written by and Starr/cantrell/staley....
There's no time to give at all
I cause you grief and blow my hatred
Further in your mind
You reach, I run, you fall
On skinned knees you crawl

I want to set you free, recognize my disease
Love, sex, pain, confusion, suffering
You're there crying, I feel not a thing
Drilling my way deeper in your head
Sinking, draining, drowning, bleeding, dead

So you sit and think of love
I wait, hate all the more, I fall
On skinned knees I crawl

I want to set you free, recognize my disease
Love, sex, pain, confusion, suffering
You're there crying, I feel not a thing
Drilling my way deeper in your head
Sinking, draining, drowning, bleeding, dead

Now there's time to give it all
I put my fears behind again
On skinned knees we'll crawl

I want to set you free, recognize my disease
Love, sex, pain, confusion, suffering
You're there crying, I feel not a thing
Drilling my way deeper in your head
Sinking, draining, drowning, bleeding, dead
Love, sex, pain, confusion, suffering


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"Confusion" as written by Sean Kinney Layne Staley

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  • +6
    General Commentabout loving people who hurt us. and hurting people we love.

    RIP layne
    marson May 18, 2004   Link
  • +6
    General Commentthis is about the head games men and women play with eachother. how no one ever gets ahead in doing so because one person is always hurting or confused in some way but will always crawl back to them.
    Sicmanon September 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI undertand this song as a relationship between a couple in which he is an adict and how it hurt her.

    It is a summary about their relationship:
    "I want to set you free, recognize my disease - (he's a junkie)
    Love, sex, pain, confusion, suffering
    You're there crying, I feel not a thing"


    When she tries to help him, she won't get it, because he is lying her and getting high again:
    "Drilling my way deeper in your head
    Sinking, draining, drowning, bleeding, dead"
    Javixuon August 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe loves him too much and they are incompatable but relentless in effort.

    This is the only thing that makes sense without being drug related.
    lolhahahaon February 07, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMust not forget the reason why she(?) is hurting!

    "I want to set you free, recognize my disease"

    and

    "Sinking, draining, drowning, bleeding, dead"

    The one talking is Layne (or someone adicted to drugs), he's ill... There's no turning back! The second line I mention symbolize stairs down into an endless hole of drug abuse... He's trying to say there's no point in loving him... He won't be able to give much back in return...
    stisellon September 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentListen carefully to the song. You can hear ocean waves crashing in some parts of it.
    Grind838on April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationReally good track.....good call on the crashing waves and Mike Starr's background vocals.

    My interpretation of the lyrics is that the narrator has some sort of sexual fling with someone, but this other person wants more because he/she is in love (and the narrarator is not). I think this is demonstrated sufficiently in lyrics like "You reach, I run, you fall" and "You're there crying, I feel not a thing."

    I love how the words "Love, sex, pain, confusion, suffering" are spoken together in the chorus. It conveys how these acts/emotions are all tied together and how they are not mutually exclusive.
    hoppingbunnyon December 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is a case of not knowing what you have until it is gone. The person is reaching out for you, but you can't even make time for them. When they contemplate the true meaning of love and see that what they give is not given in return and move on, you become the one reaching out to them for time that is no longer there. Not all of their songs are about drugs. "Sinkng, draining, drowning, bleeding, dead" is representative of suicide in the form of slitting your wrists in a bath tub.
    DefaultUsernameon May 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song changes with each verse.

    In the first verse, he's saying that he can't give because he is causing grief, that he is consumed by hatred, and that he is taking this out on his loved one. She is still reaching out to him because she loves him, but he runs away. She falls and gets hurt because of his actions. He runs away because he is hurt. His very idea of love is confused, and he's really afraid. He knows he's hurting her, and maybe he hates himself for it. It's his "disease." That's what the chorus is about.

    Come to the second verse. There she is, and she thinks of love while he is just waiting and hating all the more. He can't help it. There is so much hate inside perhaps because of his upbringing. But he falls this time, not her, and he is on skinned knees because he is hurt.

    Now they share the pain of loving each other at this point. He realizes that he loves her, and she loves him. He can give of himself now. "Now there's time to give it all..." He put his fears behind him again (fears of being rejected, fears of not being loved, that CORE in which he must've hurt). They both will crawl with skinned knees but together.

    So it's definitely a love song about hurting those we love and those we love hurting us.

    It's not about addiction so much. Maybe people focus too much on Layne's songs as being those of an addict. I can say from personal experience that there are reasons why people use to begin with, and this is the deeper question. Layne must have felt so much pain in his life, but Demri was his bright spot in so many ways I'm sure. "Love, Hate, Love" had to do with his love for Demri similarly. He says this live by alluding that to a special little girl (Demri was short.).

    Layne was SO honest in his songs. Is there anyone like that these days?
    musicbankon July 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI understand that a majority of Laynes writing involved/included his addiction . I haven't listened to facelift in years. That being said, when I listened to confused tonight the wailing emotions of this song almost gives the point of view of a serial killer like Ted Bundy moments before the kill, not feeling anything while carrying out the act of murder.
    love, sex pain confusion suffering. She's crying, he doesn't feel, not a thing... I know that it's about drugs and putting another person through that hell, however I just wanted to give my initial take on this song after so many years of not hearing it.
    Ballardrefugeeon February 12, 2016   Link

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