"Dirt" as written by and James Jr./asheton Osterberg....
I have never felt such frustration
Or lack of self control
I want you to kill me
And dig me under, I want to live no more

One who doesn't care, is one who shouldn't be
I've tried to hide myself from what is wrong for me
For me

I want to taste dirty, a stinging pistol
In my mouth, on my tongue
I want you to scrape me from the walls
And go crazy like you've made me

One who doesn't care, is one who shouldn't be
I've tried to hide myself from what is wrong for me

One who doesn't care, is one who shouldn't be
I've tried to hide myself from what is wrong for me, for me

You, you are so special
You have the talent to make me feel like dirt
And you, you use your talent to dig me under
And cover me with dirt

One who doesn't care, is one who shouldn't be
I've tried to hide myself from what is wrong for me

One who doesn't care, is one who shouldn't be
I've tried to hide myself from what is wrong for me


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"Dirt" as written by Layne Staley Jerry Cantrell

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is far better than any lamentation written in the Bible.

    This is a lament from the heart, a heart about to sputter out.

    This is may be one of the best songs ever penned.
    OpinionHeadon January 30, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI agree that Staley wanted to talk about heroin here, but i totally hate the way people start to argue about the meaning of the song. It could have 1000 different meanings, this is what art means, it depends on what each listener needs to hear. To me, it's about hating someone that made you feel like crap and caused you to lose self-esteem, and the need to get revenge for that. But that's just my humble opinion.
    zmonkon November 16, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsounds like Layne was talking to his addiction face to face,in the line /you are so special/you have the talent/ to make me feel like dirt/he was hating his addiction and in a essence himself for letting it control him.lots of addicts have a love/hate relationship with their addiction and this was his hate for it showing.....damn,i wish he hated more,then maybe he would'nt have died
    aicguy22on May 08, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPersonally, it pisses me off when I see that most of the conclusions that people come to (Layne's words) are all drug related. Completely missing the point of not only the song, but the tragedy woven into the words by a suffering and lonely man.

    All throughout his turmoil, he retained his mental stability, although at times I am sure even he would admit to being 'out of it', but to only see "drugs" in his words dishonors the human being within. He was misunderstood in life and it seems inevitably that remains the case in death as well.

    SaintLeeon October 07, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's just a song that's full of hatred for someone, and how he wants to make that person feel like they made him.
    Songmeaningsuseron July 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My Opinionone of my favourite AiC songs. laynes vocals were always so fucking perfect!
    dyouknowwhereyouareon December 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo. its not about suicide. and not solely "suicidal tendancies"
    its a similar technique that kurt cobain used in rape me.
    a challenge for the person to do it again. dare to do it again.
    This time ironically says. i lack self control.
    He is in a way taunting the gf probally, who has "talent" and uses it to cover him with dirt. a charmer, a backstabber,like go ahead bury me alive again. kill me. do it. now. i dare you.
    When hes says i want pistol in mouth, its like look at the point your brought me too. huh! that got you worried 'eh. Im not stupid enough to stain my hands with my own blood, for a murder you should commit, a slow death you have allready caused/causing.
    the lines about one who doesnt care shouldnt be. another taunt like. in conversation mode.
    I dont care for you anymore? Do I deserve to be? in your eyes
    Why dont you just kill me!
    ..
    isimplyfoldon March 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlol
    player1916on July 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUMM...well screaming3s then you must be messed up (or not a true alice in chains fan) but Layne died from a speedball (cocain and heroin) overdoes so yea you dont know what your talking about at all!!!
    I think that this song id definetly anout heroin!
    and most of there songs are ...well thats how i see them.
    luv ya Lyane RIP
    COLDkicks20on April 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMud wrestling. That gave me a good laugh.
    Coffinfeederon June 12, 2003   Link

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