It's alright
There comes a time
Got no patience to search for peace of mind
Layin' low
Want to take it slow
No more hiding or disguising truths I've sold

Everyday it's something hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself, no excuses, then I know

It's okay
Had a bad day
Hands are bruised from breaking rocks all day
Drained and blue
I bleed for you
You think it's funny, well you're drowning in it too

Everyday it's something hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself, no excuses, then I know

Yeah, it's fine
We'll walk down the line
Leave our rain, a cold trade for warm sunshine
You my friend
I will defend
And if we change, well I love you anyway

Everyday it's something hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself, no excuses, then I know

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  • +11
    My InterpretationWhether its about drugs or about Cantrell giving Staley a message to quit drugs, here's what it means to me:

    I hate my job with a passion, and for the most part I hate a lot of my life. I'm not happy with where I live or what I do and I've become incredibly reclusive and introverted and have sunk into a bit of a depression and have lots of problems with anxiety. A lot of people kind of laugh at my feelings and tell me "you and everyone else buddy!" but I take it more seriously and I feel that I am not blind to it like they are. I dream that I might one day pull out of this and make something better for myself. To get a more indepth interpretation, read on.

    In the first verse, it goes "Its alright, there comes a time, got no patience to search for peace of mind". To me and in my situation, it represents my increasingly antisocial attitude and how I find it difficult to find the better qualities in people. I've becoming more and more cynical.

    Then: "Laying low, want to take it slow, no more hiding or disguising truths I've sold". Recently I've been hiding and keeping to myself, not really talking to people or interacting unless I have to. But I've been gradually been being more frank with people when I do interact with them, no more sugar coating things or telling them what they want to hear. I'm blatantly obvious with them even if it is rude or something.

    The chorus: "Everyday something hits me all so cold, find me sitting by myself, no excuses that I know" It seems to me that every day its just blow after blow by people who don't care about me and it has driven me into my own little private world. To me excuses there are no excuses other than the fact that life is cruel and there is no escaping it.

    "Its ok, had a bad day, hands are bruised from breaking rocks all day." "Drained and blue, I bleed for you, you think its funny but you're drowning in it too." I work hard day in and day out to earn my keep and I don't like it, I despise it and I am miserable doing it. Enough so that I'm emotionally and spiritually drained and becoming depressed. When I try to talk to anyone about it I get no sympathy, its almost a joke to people because supposedly everyone is like me. But I feel like I'm more in touch with my inner being than most people are with themselves and am able to understand how I feel and the severity of it better than others. There is a George Carlin joke that represents this well: "You hate your job? There's a support group for that, its called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar." I don't think its funny.

    The final verse: "You my friend, I will defend, and if we change well I love you any way." To me this is kind of like my wife speaking to me, I feel like she is the only person who really understands how I feel and what I'm going through. And if I decide to make a major life change she will be there to support me 100%.

    So that is pretty much the meaning of the song to me. The beauty about most music and especially Alice in Chains songs is that you can interpret them any way. Just because the lyrics say one thing doesn't mean they don't mean something else.
    kc0tmaon August 15, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAlmost every one of their songs is either about drugs, or family.
    One of my personal favorites. AiC was, and still is, one of the best bands in current history.
    Head_Woundon September 13, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAnother great tune with an awesome acoustic intro. I never thought about drug addiction but I did think about friendship. I do believe it is one of their more positive songs. I use the line "You my friend, I will defend..." to endear my girlfriend. I like odd love songs and this song is definitely odd love song.
    OpinionHeadon April 20, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about drug addiction and how it effects friendships. Like in the video when they sing "and if we change, well I love you anyways" Layne and Jerry are looking at each other right in the face. Coincidence? I think not
    Body Hammeron June 06, 2004   Link
  • +2

    He is lonely and just bored and feeling sorry for himself

    ziffonon October 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about Jerry saying he will help Layne through anything
    xPsychoKill3rxon June 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOne of my favorite alice in chains songs its got a happy guitar but sad lyrics it seriously lmost makes me cry
    BananaKingon November 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song speaks of life lived under the shadow of something, but going on each day without regrets. Most of us who can identify with this band or who are reminded of another season of our lives can really understand the quiet desperation.

    "You my friend
    I will defend
    And if we change, well I love you anyway".... One of my favorite lines ever written- beautiful stuff.
    truthnexileon June 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentshit, i think everyone of aics songs have a drug reference to them, haha
    TransparentSunChildon April 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot every AIC song is about DRUGS! Holy crap....what, do you think Nutshell is about drugs? Or man in the box? Well...nutshell may be, BUT THAT ISH NOT THE POINT.

    Anyway, yeah, this song is about detoxing(SP?) from heroin
    FellONblACKdaySon March 27, 2005   Link

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