Is she ready to know my frustration?
What she slippin' inside, slow castration
I'm a riddle so strong, you can't break me
Did she come here to try, try to take me

Did she call my name?
I think it's gonna rain
When I die

Was it something I said, held against me?
Ain't no life on the run, slowly climbing
Caught in ice so she stares, stares at nothing
I can help her but won't, now she hates me

She won't let me hide
She don't want me to cry

Will she keep on the ground, trying to ground me
Slowly forgive my lie, lying to save me
Could she love me again, or will she hate me
Prob'ly not, I know why, can't explain me

Did she call my name?
I think it's gonna rain
When I die


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  • +3
    General Commentwhy is it all the great singers die...brad nowell,kurt cobain,and now layne staley,all of you made great music and you will be missed
    jimbo13on July 25, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the actual title of the song (I think it's gonna rain when I die) is a metaphor for a flower. The idea is that flowers tend to die when they don't get watered well enough, and Layne Staley is "the flower". He predicts that when he's wilted it will rain right afterwards as a way of saying his death will happen too soon and what could've saved him would already be too late.
    Netheroon July 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentRain When I Die is not about Demri. This song is on Dirt, released in 1992. Demri died in 1996.

    Another AIC song that can be interpreted in many different ways depending on the circumstance or situation of the person.

    Back when I was doing as much research as I can on AIC and Layne Staley, I actually tried finding if it actually rained when Layne Staley died (RIP sweet Layne). I found this site that showed the weather records for the Seattle area in April 2002. Out of all the days, on the 5th, 6th, and the 20th, there was no data.

    Whether it rained or not on his death, it rained in our lives as well as the music industry.

    I know Im a big loser. Who cares.
    drainingblueon May 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLayne, why did you have to die? Please rest in peace. It surely was raining to me when you died. AIC will live on forever, along with the lasting memory of Layne Staley.
    dashboardgirlie83on May 09, 2002   Link
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    General Comment1. This song was written long before Demri died (it came out in 92, she died in 96).
    2. It's almost certain that Jerry wrote the lyrics, not Layne.
    Lots of AIC songs are songs that Jerry wrote about girls, but people misinterpret them and think Layne wrote them about heroin.
    drinkthepoisonon September 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is most likely about Layne doing something to hurt Demri because they broke up in 93/94 which wasn't that long after Dirt was released, and she passed in 96 from Bacterial Endocartis. I love Rain when i die because it's how I feel sometimes. RIP Layne & Demri. Layne I hope you're making beautiful music up there with all the other musical legends! All of us AiC fans miss you!
    StarGazer7897on June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just have to say, great song, one of my personal favs. And I believe it did rain on April 5th in Seattle, the day he's estimated to have died, which I'm not surprised about. Layne had a way of seeing what he was becoming, so I believe he had a way of knowing what would happen the day he died. Awesome artist, he is surely missed. No lyricist quite like him.
    TheScorpionon August 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEverytime i listen to this song, i almost cry because it reminds me of my grandmother. It started to rain when she was buried. As soon as it ended, it stoped.

    Love how he screams: "i think it's gonna rain, WHEN I DIE!"
    rkcon November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song should be played AT all funerals. It is that awesome, that intense, that worthy of praise.
    OpinionHeadon January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPersonally I think the lie he is talking about is his drug addiction. I think he refers to "SHE/HER" as his addiction. "Did she call my name?" I think he is saying is his number or time up. Ready to know his frustration .. slow castration .. sounds like suffering to me. Riddle so strong .. you can't break me .. I really think this is battle within and wanting to get the monkey off his back. All junkies are looking for the big pop they get from the 1st high and many admit its never as good as the 1st. Could she love me again or will she hate me? I believe Layne knew he was flirting with death every time he doped up. I think he was a poet and it saddens me that this treasure to the world is gone. I believe he wrote much about his drug use not to glorify it but almost as a warning or buyer beware telling his battles/nightmares. Ultimately Layne knew how it would end if he could not beat heroin and after his lady died I don't think he felt he had a place in life. Staley/Cantrell were the greatest duo of the 90s and one of the greatest of all time. They truly were creating in their time when music was so stamped with corporate americas " this is what you like" stamp. The Seattle stamp followed but AIC were true artists and one of my favs of all time. Layne and Jerry's words will be remembered forever.
    lrnfrmlyricson June 01, 2008   Link

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