"I Can't Remember" as written by and Layne Staley Jerry Cantrell....
Turn around you say
'Scuse the 'tude but I haven't eaten today
And my eyes are turning gray
What's your name?
I can't remember, I can't remember
Bring me down you try
Feel the pain and keep it all in till you die
Without eyes you cannot cry
Who's to blame?

I can't remember,I can't
Remember identity, the visions in my mind from
Screamin' at me
And mama, mama, ooh, my angry brains of infancy
Knocked down but I have enough hate to breathe
down your throat and steal your energy
You took everything but my will to be
Now the loss of your god won't make me bleed
I am alive


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"I Can't Remember" as written by Sean Kinney Layne Staley

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  • +19
    General CommentI get the feeling this song isn't too specific. "I... can't remember" I'm thinking that's a result of getting mixed up in issues. Dude, Layne's voice is so signature... I like how soft and slow he says "bleed" even with his rough-grungy vocals. It's... indescribable.
    DJgifon February 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI groove to this song 4 Sure.. I think it has to do with Layne's Mom.... Or some stuck up girl they were talking to,,, they asked for her name and number and of course she said, I can't remember.

    I feel bad this was truly a weak post for an awesome song.....
    Deangeloon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy apologies Ductape, judging by your activity on this site, i imagine i have broken your Cadence ( rushing back minutes after your posts to see if there is something else you can possibly disagree with, coherently or not). onwards....the drug use i was mentioning encompassed heroin, i would have thought this apparent given Staley's publicly and well known demise as a result of it. you are correct though, you do not have to do drugs to write about them, and you also do not have to be a doctor to perform surgery. "Nothing of worth, quote that made no sense" i think you'll find my dear ductape that my quote did indeed make sense. as im sure you know, I feel the song is a "God-bash", as i mentioned in my previous post, "Bring me down you try, feel the pain and keep it all in till you die"...stay with me Ductape....."Without eyes you cannot cry" rather you agree with me or not on my interpretation, the quote i gave clearly backs up what i was saying, given the context.....in case you are still lost, God is the one bringing him down Ductape, the rest of the lyrics follow suit. another point, it seems to me that you approach all AIC songs with the presupposition that the lyrics are drug related, unless blatantly mentioned otherwise. My proof for this claim...your response to shineglass, "How bad drugs can be eg Dirt"........ there is nothing in the lyrics of the song dirt to support drug use. it is possible the concept of the song is about wanting to die when the drugs are too much, but there is no evidence presented within the song to distinguish this idea out of the boundaries of a random suicide song. sincerely,
    a small-minded patron
    tom-van2006on November 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song is about the book lord of the flies. At the end of the book when they get rescued from the deserted island, the kid who was repeating his name and his address earlier in the book was asked what his name was and he couldn't remember. Also, the line "my angry brains of infancy" has to do with all the kids on the island being young and immature and fighting each other.
    sevenknuppon June 23, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is one of the best! So much energy in the music and in Layne's voice. Did someone say Dirt was their best or their first really good album? I don't think so, Facelift is the proove they were already the best "grunge " / " hard rock "/ " metal " band from this era! Dirt, AIC, Sap and Jar Of Flies only confirm they were the best rock alternative band and Layne the best vocalist from the 90's! This song is someone suffering, crying, yelling the fear he's feeling to a girl, it also have something to do with growing up in a much too cruel world, the fear and the pain he's feeling, screaming for/at his mom...Beautiful, wonderful Layne, you had a hard time facing all these angry men always hungry, looking for more money and power, you weren't prepared for these "Big guys". Sleep thight, little angel, we're still thinking of you, talking about you, we love you. Rest now, forever in peace! Lucrese.
    Lucrese1on October 12, 2016   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about drugs most likely but not about addiction its just the dayh after he got fucked up on them he has no idea what he did the day before
    lyric geniuson September 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think, along with Angry Chair, this is about his parents punishing him and how its affected how he turned out. Some classic (yet arguably abusive) punishments are mentioned in the lyrics: "i haven't eaten today" - withholding food, "screamin' at me", stopping him from crying, using the religious angle "god will be pissed off with you"... it gets quite literal really, "mama, ooh, my angry brains of infancy"

    now my personal interpretation - parents "create" kids by choosing to have them and then punish them even though almost all of their (at least early) behaviour is modelled after their parents. its like being punished for being born. and in the same way i relate that to God creating humans.

    but tom makes me want to say its about drugs too because I don't know where he gets the idea AiC didn't use drugs til after facelift. listen to their demos and they have a couple of songs that would be hard to separate from drugs. Take chemical addiction for instance. And also you don't have to be a drug user to write songs about drugs, besides, most people have at least tried some form of drug by their twenties, especially cool people like Jerry and Layne. everyone knows you can't be cool without taking drugs.
    SFy65B2G5rKbzps5acdHwQe6on March 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha

    so confidence = truth? as long as tom "sounds like he knows his shit" we must all accept his opinion as fact? i wasn't bashing tom, i agree it involves God. but he said nothing of worth, just a random insult that had no valid grounding, and an interpretation backed up by a quote that made no sense.

    chemical addiction is about pot? shut the fuck up. do you smoke pot? do you know anyone that does? that song is NOT about pot. but i agree, half their drug inspired songs are about how great drugs are (eg "junkhead") and the other how bad (eg "Dirt"). and since i obviously offended the smaller-minded patrons of songmeanings, maybe i should point out that my "drugs are cool" comment was tongue-in-cheek... god!

    im pretty confused by that kinda personal attack when im mostly agreeing with what's being said. my "incredibly stupid" analysis of the song was based on lyrical content and similarities with a related song. i try to be reasonable but the only conclusion i come to is that shineglass is just a dickhead.
    SFy65B2G5rKbzps5acdHwQe6on May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI get horny when I hear this. Is that normal. i don't think so. i think it might be about breaking up with a chic because of religious differences and he loved her so much, he can't remember his name or anything, just the memories of her.
    metalhead m/on July 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttom-van, i think we are agreeing a lot more than you realize... my original post states that i think its a God-bash, too. and clearly, from my activity on the site, i too think Staley and Cantrell were great songwriters.

    despite that tirade against me, as I said *I see nothing about drugs in these particular lyrics* and in fact the only reason i mentioned drugs at all is because it annoys me the way some people start with the presupposition that the lyrics are NOT drug related simply because they don't want them to be. Personally i happen to see a lot of drug influence in many of AiC's lyrics, and I don't think that's a bad thing. that is my own interpretation and I don't feel like you have to agree. I completely see your point about my interpretation of Dirt for example, he never once says the word "heroin" but he also makes no mention of a girlfriend, father, or anyone else who could be the "you" he mentions in the song.

    and weirdly enough, i agreed with shineglass that half of their drug references are good and the other bad... i guess people get defensive and can't see the similarities of opinion for the differences.

    my only problem with your post was that you claimed that the members had not tried drugs until after facelift, which is something you can't possibly know. I must apologise to you, I think i was fishing for a fight a bit, i can't remember it was a while back. but i clearly got one, and i understand your point of view much better now; so it seems i got what i wanted.
    SFy65B2G5rKbzps5acdHwQe6on April 08, 2008   Link

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