Sat suffering
I knew him when
Fair-weather friend of mine
I try not to think
I merely blink

Hope to wish away the lies...

I...

Can you protect
Me when I'm wrecked
I'll pretend you're still alive

I....yeah

(Cantrell): All the crime, all the time, all the lies.

I choose the day
One damp and grey,
Thick fog would hide our smiles

Clear all your sins
Get born again
Just to eat a couple lies

I...

Lies... yeah

(Cantrell)

Can you protect
Me when I'm wrecked
I'll pretend you're still alive

I choose the day
One damp and grey,
Thick fog would hide our smiles

Sat suffering.....
(Cantrell)
Get born again....
(Cantrell)


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  • +5
    General Commentin the summer of 99 interview(on youtube) layne says its about religious hypocrisy
    Ciyaak Boyon January 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOkay so no one else sees religious themes in this song? The name of the song is Get Born Again, if you don't recognize that phrase it basically means get saved, ask Jesus to be your savior, etc. I was seeing this song as one of two possible meanings, of course I was hearing some words incorrectly too. One idea I had was that it's a song about people that go to church but honestly couldn't give less of a crap about Jesus. My line of thought there was that I was hearing "Just to eat a couple lies" as 'Just repeat a couple lies', which led me to think that the lies in question were things like "I'm sorry for my sins" that one would say when praying for repentance. Of course, the line "Hope to wish away the lies" doesn't agree with that meaning very well...

    The other thought I had was that the song is your run-of-the-mill "me no like God" song. That one seems more logical now that there have been some misconceptions cleared up in the words, though I don't agree with the message of the song if that is the case. If you look at the song as having that meaning, most of it kind of pops out as obvious, such as the line "I'll pretend you're still alive" obviously referring to Jesus being resurrected.

    Anyway, I've thought about the meaning of this song a lot. A lot of AiC's mentions of God seem ambiguous (other than maybe God Am) and could easily go either for God or against. Take Man in the Box for example (even though the only reference to God is contained in four lines shoved in the chorus out of nowhere). "Jesus Christ, Deny your maker, He who tries, Will be wasted." This line obviously states that there is no reason to run from God or try to defy him, because if you do you will always lose. That song is also one of their older ones though, so I don't know, maybe something happened to them along the way.

    And for the record, I'm a Christian. If the lyrics mean what I think they mean, I don't really agree with them, but as I've said they are in some ways ambiguous, and I've seen pictures in which someone (I think Layne) was wearing a cross necklace at a concert.
    ViLeMetalon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo feed your interpretations of this song to everyone who reads this is silly. The point of a song is to make you think, to interpret it in your own way and to make your own feelings about it. Who cares what he was thinking, what do you think? How does the song make you feel? Why do we all have to think like everyone else does? Why does there have to be a general concensous about what this song means? I doubt Layne would have wanted us to think what he thinks anyway, he was constantly questioning. I believe this is healthy, its a part of human nature. But he was one of the few who had the guts to sing about it, to write about raw emotions and feelings... It would have been easier for him to write a song that did not express these things, but he choose to do so. To make us think. So lets not argue about what the song really means and redundant little facts about his life. I think you should be writing about what this song means to you. It is more intersting to read about another opinion than about someone else calling another a dumbass. And... that is waht i have to say about that.
    bnhillon April 08, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou guys are killing me with the lyrics!

    Sad suffering
    I knew him when
    Farewell the friend of mine
    Try not to think
    I merely blink

    Hope you wish away the lies

    Can you protect
    me when I'm wrecked
    I pretend you're still alive

    Who will deny in time all the lies

    I choose the day
    One damp and gray
    Thick fog can hide our smiles

    Clear all your sins
    Get born again
    Just repeat a couple lies

    Sad Suffering
    Get Born Again
    Sad Suffering
    Get Born Again
    Neapolitan2on March 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSomeone really needs to revise these lyrics.....Its "Just repeat a couple lines" "Fairweather friend of mine"
    PaperFaceon July 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, this is interesting song. This is one of the best songs that Layne wrote. This fits right into Layne's fashion. It's a personal favorite of mine, maybe because I have the same view that I take Layne has.

    Layne had grown up a Christian, but in his late teens he started to question his faith. Layne was very interested in how religions worked, he seemed they weren't really for the right reasons. He was intrigued by people sending money to churches and the people claiming to possess the power of Christ.

    Now, it appears he had faith, he believed in God, but did not have the standard views that you find in most religions. This is where I also stand. It appears he thinks that, God is not the perfect power that people believe.

    The song seems to be a slap in the face of 700-club crowd.

    Sat suffering, - This is quite literal
    I knew him when, - Layne saying he was a believer in that past
    Fair-weather Friend of mine - Saying as things got worse in his life, God was no longer there to help him.

    "Try not to think
    I merely blink
    Hope to wish away the lies"
    All of this is straight forward, well maybe. It's mocking church go'ers. People just going to church listening to the sermon, and hoping their lives will change.

    "Can you protect
    Me when I'm wrecked
    I pretend you're still alive"
    This is asking if one can be saved, if he starts following.

    I choose the day - Saying he'll choose the day to get born again, for lack of a better term.
    One deepen grave - Referring to clearing sins, or burying the past.
    Thick fog to hide our smiles - Referring to masking the true feelings, the things you enjoy that are sinful

    "Clear all your sins
    Get born again
    Just repeat a couple lines"
    This second part is a facetious question. Asking all I have to do is say this prayer and I'll be saved?

    The ending repeating "Sat Suffering," and "Get Born Again," seems to refer back to the people selling faith. "Are you suffering? Well, GET BORN AGAIN!"

    As for the bridge that appears throughout the song "oooh....denied all....and tied all the lies." It appears to be him saying that he did not follow any of the religions, and found HIS truth.

    The song is pretty emotional. Layne only spoke once publicly about this song, and that was saying that it was a deeply personal, that he wished not to talk in detail about it.

    It seems that Layne spent his adult life searching for his faith. This song seems to be about finding his faith, but not finding it by the “standard” means. It was his way of trying to help people.

    I get from the song, Layne saying to search within yourself to find your faith, don’t buy someone else’s. It’s not a easy mindless story or line that someone wrote. Faith is yourself, your feeling, your lifestyle… Now, that is bound to be offensive to people who actively particpate in church services. But, I don’t think was really directed at every church member. It seems to be directed at a select number, the people that try to spread the word, with out spreading the faith (“come join our church and be saved”) and the people that follow them. Those are the people that come believing the chorus, “Clear all your sins Get born again Just repeat a couple lines” If you find your faith in the church and truly follow the teachings, then you have found faith/yourself, but not everyone finds their's that way.
    Redsand187on April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere are some mistakes on the lyrics(as usual),these are the correct lyrics:

    Sad suffering
    I knew him when
    Fairweather friends of mine
    Trying not to think
    I merely blink
    Hope to wish away the lines

    I...

    Can you protect
    Me when I'm wrecked
    I pretend you're still alive

    I... Yeah...

    I choose the day
    Warm, damp and gray
    Thick fog will hide our smiles

    Clear all your sins
    Get born again
    Just repeat a couple lines

    I... Lies...

    Yeah

    Can you protect
    Me when I'm wrecked
    I pretend you're still alive
    I choose the day
    Warm, damp and gray
    Thick fog will hide our smiles

    Sad suffering
    Get born again
    Sad suffering
    Get born again
    Sad suffering
    Get born again
    Sad suffering
    Get born again
    Sad suffering
    Get born again
    Sad suffering
    Get born again
    Zlpemplehon October 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUmmm, no. This song is not about Demri, who died in in October of 96 of bacterial endocarditis a heart disease. She did not die from an overdose of any sort. Her drug use, however, did lead to complications with the disease.

    Layne wrote Died about Demri, not this song.
    Redsand187on November 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, if you listen to one of the interviews that they did, Layne says, though avoiding specifics, that the song is about religion.
    TheDeaderManon March 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOK Basically, it is about religion, he says can you protect me when im wrecked? Ill pretend youre still alive.
    thats obviously being very cynical towards Christians thinking that Jesus is still alive after people saw him die, and then wrote a book including 4 different eyewitness accounts of him dying. Layne is being silly with that. Then it goes through to CLEAR ALL YOUR SINS GET BORN AGAIN... just repeat a couple lines, EASY! thats the easy stupid christian tactic for redemtion! Come on people! you all like AIC? whats the matter?! i know what every punctuation mark in every AIC song means! come on...
    XxINCHAINSxXon September 13, 2006   Link

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