Bury me softly in this womb
I give this part of me for you
Sand rains down and here I sit
Holding rare flowers
In a tomb...in bloom

Down in a hole and I don't know if I can be saved
See my heart I decorate it like a grave
You don't understand who they
Thought I was supposed to be
Look at me now a man
Who won't let himself be

Down in a hole, losing my soul
Down in a hole, losing control
I'd like to fly,
But my wings have been so denied

Down in a hole and they've put all
The stones in their place
I've eaten the sun so my tongue
Has been burned of the taste
I have been guilty
Of kicking myself in the teeth
I will speak no more
of my feelings beneath

Down in a hole, losing my soul
Down in a hole, losing control
I'd like to fly
But my wings have been so denied

Bury me softly in this womb
Oh I want to be inside of you
I give this part of me for you
Oh I want to be inside of you
Sand rains down and here I sit
Holding rare flowers (Oh I want to be inside of you)
In a tomb...in bloom
Oh I want to be inside...

Down in a hole, losing my soul
Down in a hole, feeling so small
Down in a hole, losing my soul
Down in a hole, outta control
I'd like to fly
My wings have been so denied


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  • +6
    General CommentYes, obviously about addcition.

    "It's to my long-time love. It's the reality of my life, the path I've chosen and in a weird way it kind of foretold where we are right now. It's hard for us both to understand.. that this life is not conducive to much success with long term relationships." Cantrell, who wrote this. NOT Staley.

    It's about a relationship, obviously. He's comparing the relationship to a tomb, but a pretty one. Human desire to escape and to survive. The verse ending with "I will speak no more of my feelings beneath" seems to be the proper way to argue with women. Just shutting up.

    "You don't know who they thought I was supposed to be" They being his friends, expecting him to party all night and fuck everyone, perhaps, something he had to give up. The line "Oh I want to be inside of you," could either refer to him wanting to be with her, or the urge to fuck that caused them to start dating in the first place, and a want for things to be like that again.

    Honestly, how the Hell is it OBVIOUSLY about addiction? I've seen that mentioned about most AiC songs here, yet rarely with any sort of back-up.
    Blind Opiuson July 05, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI believe this song is about his relationship with heroin. It is known as the " jealous lover". You have to give most of yourself to the drug as an addict. You can not have your life more than 8 hours without it or the sickness comes. It keeps you from being and doing the things you once thought of as hopes and dreams. As you become a slave to it, you know and feel your doom but feel helpless to fight it. It very much becomes who you are and you accept it. There is another saying that heroin addicts say. Its "live by the needle. Die by the needle." I was a heroin addict for 8 years. This song always touches me because I personally understand the struggles with that addiction. I made it out of that hole. Bless his heart , he didn't and he knew he wasn't. This song always reminds me of what I went through and gives me strength today. It doesn't matter if Cantrell wrote it, You can tell a lot about a person by who they are or hang around with. I believe they all had issues with addictions. I do not believe that there is a golden boy in that band!
    Angeliaxoxoon April 13, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo me it's about a man who gives up in life. This man speaks from a grave, where he sits and watches how people throws sand over him. People brings him "strange" flowers and he doesn't understand why, maybe because he feels he let them down with what he became.

    Why people brings me flowers, if they didn't like what I became?

    And maybe the girl he loves is there and he says he would love to be with her

    "Bury me softly in this womb
    I give this part of me for you
    Sand rains down and here I sit
    Holding rare flowers
    In a tomb...in bloom"

    Leave me here alone, buried underground.
    just keep the good memories.
    Sand is falling over me (like being buried alive)
    Holding the flowers that people brought
    I'm in a tomb (where I speak from)

    "Down in a hole and I don't know if I can be saved
    See my heart I decorate it like a grave
    You don't understand who they
    Thought I was supposed to be
    Look at me now a man
    Who won't let himself be"

    In a grave (where I am), maybe I could be saved, but i don't know really. Don't care either.
    Look at my heart, I decorated it (maybe with other people expectations) so they remember me.
    You won't understand what they wanted me to be.
    Look at me, grown up, old.
    A man who is not what he wanted to be, and now it's too late.

    "Down in a hole, feelin' so small
    Down in a hole, losin' my soul
    I'd like to fly,
    But my wings have been so denied"

    In the grave, feeling like I became nothing
    In the grave, letting my life go, maybe dying. Giving up.
    I'd like to be another/happy/free/me.
    But they didn't let me.

    "Down in a hole and they've put all
    The stones in their place
    I've eaten the sun so my tongue
    Has been burned of the taste
    I have been guilty
    Of kicking myself in the teeth
    I will speak no more
    of my feelings beneath"

    In the grave,
    they already buried me and left, they gave up.
    So many times I was/did what i wanted to, but had to swallow the moment to not dissapoint them. It even hurted me.
    I am guilty of letting them do this to me.
    I won't say anything else about what i feel or think.

    "Down in a hole, feelin' so small
    Down in a hole, losin' my soul
    I'd like to fly,
    But my wings have been so denied"

    In the grave, feeling like I became nothing
    In the grave, letting my life go, maybe dying. Giving up.
    I'd like to be another/happy/free/me.
    But they didn't let me.

    "Bury me softly in this womb
    Oh I want to be inside of you
    I give this part of me for you
    Oh I want to be inside of you
    Sand rains down and here I sit
    Holding rare flowers (Oh I want to be inside of you)
    In a tomb...in bloom
    Oh I want to be inside..."

    Put me kindly in the tomb,
    I'd love to be inside of you, as a good memory, or maybe as a "normal" couple
    I leave the good parts of me to you.
    I'd love to be inside of you
    The sand falls all over me as I watch you bury me.
    With this strange flowers people brought, don't know why.
    In the grave.
    Oh!, I'd love to be with you.
    555STion March 28, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt hurts so much to listen to AIC songs like this one. Down in a hole, Nutshell, and Rotten Apple seem to foreshadow his death, and it just makes me cry to hear them. This is a great song (one of my personal favorites), but it bears so many hurtful feelings that I can hardly tolerate to listen to Layne's haunting vocals and lyrics.
    Bleeding_Freakon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNot to be crude or anything, PoPn152, but Hendrix died of suffocation due to inhalation of vomit. Not to take away from your point though...it's a tragic thing.
    MatthiasMaximuson June 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA lot of talk about Hendrix, but he also had Hoon in the mix too. Shannon Hoon from Blind Melon died of a cocaine overdose. There was speculation regarding which drug he overdosed on....but if you go to their official web page it says that the autopsy reported a cocaine overdose. Also, check out VH1 behind the music.
    bobilla123on July 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me it's about a man who gives up in life. This man speaks from a grave, where he sits and watches how people throws sand over him. People brings him "strange" flowers and he doesn't understand why, maybe because he feels he let them down with what he became.

    Why people brings me flowers, if they didn't like what I became?

    And maybe the girl he loves is there and he says he would love to be with her

    "Bury me softly in this womb
    I give this part of me for you
    Sand rains down and here I sit
    Holding rare flowers
    In a tomb...in bloom"

    Leave me here alone, buried underground.
    just keep the good memories.
    Sand is falling over me (like being buried alive)
    Holding the flowers that people brought
    I'm in a tomb (where I speak from)

    "Down in a hole and I don't know if I can be saved
    See my heart I decorate it like a grave
    You don't understand who they
    Thought I was supposed to be
    Look at me now a man
    Who won't let himself be"

    In a grave (where I am), maybe I could be saved, but i don't know really. Don't care either.
    Look at my heart, I decorated it (maybe with other people expectations) so they remember me.
    You won't understand what they wanted me to be.
    Look at me, grown up, old.
    A man who is not what he wanted to be, and now it's too late.

    "Down in a hole, feelin' so small
    Down in a hole, losin' my soul
    I'd like to fly,
    But my wings have been so denied"

    In the grave, feeling like I became nothing
    In the grave, letting my life go, maybe dying. Giving up.
    I'd like to be another/happy/free/me.
    But they didn't let me.

    "Down in a hole and they've put all
    The stones in their place
    I've eaten the sun so my tongue
    Has been burned of the taste
    I have been guilty
    Of kicking myself in the teeth
    I will speak no more
    of my feelings beneath"

    In the grave,
    they already buried me and left, they gave up.
    So many times I was/did what i wanted to, but had to swallow the moment to not dissapoint them. It even hurted me.
    I am guilty of letting them do this to me.
    I won't say anything else about what i feel or think.

    "Down in a hole, feelin' so small
    Down in a hole, losin' my soul
    I'd like to fly,
    But my wings have been so denied"

    In the grave, feeling like I became nothing
    In the grave, letting my life go, maybe dying. Giving up.
    I'd like to be another/happy/free/me.
    But they didn't let me.

    "Bury me softly in this womb
    Oh I want to be inside of you
    I give this part of me for you
    Oh I want to be inside of you
    Sand rains down and here I sit
    Holding rare flowers (Oh I want to be inside of you)
    In a tomb...in bloom
    Oh I want to be inside..."

    Put me kindly in the tomb,
    I'd love to be inside of you, as a good memory, or maybe as a "normal" couple
    I leave the good parts of me to you.
    I'd love to be inside of you
    The sand falls all over me as I watch you bury me.
    With this strange flowers people brought, don't know why.
    In the grave.
    Oh!, I'd love to be with you.
    555STion March 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUmmmm... just to clarify a few things here....
    YEs, it is tru that cantrell wrote much of the music that AIC played, BUT, Layne wrote a vast majority of the lyrics. This is also beside the point however, seeing as how Cantrell ALSO had a drug addiction.

    By the way, anyone who wants to hear more of staley's genius should check out Mad Season, they kick ass (Staley was vocalist for this band...)
    AICRULESon September 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is possibly the most somber song in the history of mankind.
    KillViacomon August 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhile I know that Cantrell has gone on the record saying that this song is about his girlfriend, I believe he's fibbing for personal reasons. I believe that, just like "Rooster" is Jerry's song for his father, "Down in a Hole" is Jerry's song to his departed mother, who died of cancer just before Facelift came out.

    "Bury me softly in this womb
    I give this part of me for you"

    Jerry's mother speaking. This is a reference to childbirth. The mother carries the child in her womb, and goes through the intense pain and suffering associated with childbirth. The mother gives herself away so that the child can be born.

    "Sand rains down and here I sit
    Holding rare flowers
    In a tomb...in bloom"

    Jerry's mom continues by saying that now she lays in a grave, lifeless.

    "Down in a hole and I don't know if I can be saved
    See my heart I decorate it like a grave"

    This is Jerry speaking to his mother (although Layne is singing, Jerry wrote the lyrics). He feels lost without the guidance of his departed mother. He is saddened by her loss and is deeply depressed by her death, hence his heart is "decorated like a grave." Her grave. It has been documented that during the recording of this album Jerry was suffering deep depression from his mother's loss.

    "You don't understand who they
    Thought I was supposed to be
    Look at me now I'm a man
    Who won't let himself be"

    Jerry's explaining to his mother that he regrets not being able to spend more time with her growing up. He's torturing himself over her loss, constantly second-guessing.

    "Down in a hole, feeling so small
    Down in a hole, losing my soul
    I'd like to fly,
    But my wings have been so denied"

    His cry to his mother. An infant bird must at some point learn to fly by watching its mother/father. But that bird must also be nurtured by its family before it can reach that point. Because his mother isn't there he feels like he is "malnourished," unable to reach his fullest potential. Basically, there's a deep void in his life.

    "Down in a hole and they've put all
    The stones in their place"

    Again referring to the fact that she has died.

    "I've eaten the sun so my tongue
    Has been burned of the taste"

    This is his bitterness with success. Despite reaching "rock star" status, he is somewhat "burned" by the problems fame can bring.

    "I have been guilty
    Of kicking myself in the teeth
    I will speak no more
    of my feelings beneath"

    He regrets his current stature, and would rather his mother be alive then him be famous. More than likely, he received a large sum of money after his mother died, and that money probably went towards equipment/promotion in the pre-Facelift era. For what he has now, the problems that come with fame, he would trade all of that in to be with her but he can't, so he'll speak no more of it.

    Lastly, the refrain...

    "Bury me softly in this womb
    Oh I want to be inside of you
    I give this part of me for you
    Oh I want to be inside of you
    Sand rains down and here I sit
    Holding rare flowers (Oh I want to be inside of you)
    In a tomb...in bloom
    Oh I want to be inside..."

    Pretty obvious. Again his mother is speaking to him, but Jerry interjects with "I want to be inside of you." He wants to be with his mother again. He wants to retreat from reality and go back inside of his departed mother's womb so that he can again be with her.

    It's worth noting that while the entire band was going through major drug and alcohol issues during the recording of this album, Jerry was taking Xanax to treat clinical depression which he had been suffering since his mother died. Since many of these wrongs were written while the band was touring for Facelift, it's likely that when this song was written, the death of Jerry's mother was still fresh on his mind.

    I honestly believe that a lot of these songs that Jerry claims to be about "break-ups" and "girlfriends" aren't really about what he says they are. He's clearly a sensitive and intuitive guy, and I doubt he would want to publicize the true meaning of a song with subject matter as deep as this.

    Discuss.

    lastanzabiancaon October 22, 2009   Link

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