Hey Ah Na Na
Innocence is over
Hey Ah Na Na
Over

Hey Ah Na Na
Ignorance is spoken
Hey Ah Na Na
Spoken

Hey Ah Na Na
Confidence is broken
Hey Ah Na Na
Broken

Hey Ah Na Na
Sustenance is stolen
Hey Ah Na Na
Stolen

Hey Ah Na Na
Arrogance is potent
Hey Ah Na Na
Potent, yeah

What I see is unreal
I've written my own part
Eat of the apple, so young
I'm crawling back to start

Hey Ah Na Na
I repent tomorrow
Hey Ah Na Na
Tomorrow

Hey Ah Na Na
I suspend my sorrow
Hey Ah Na Na
Sorrow, yeah

What I see is unreal
I've written my own part
Eat of the apple, so young
I'm crawling back to start

Hey Ah Na Na
A romance is fallen
Hey Ah Na Na
Fallen

Hey Ah Na Na
Recommend you borrow
Hey Ah Na Na
Borrow, yeah

What I see is unreal
I've written my own part
Eat of the apple, so young
I'm crawling back to start

Hey Ah Na Na (4x)


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Rotten Apple song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentHaunting, lucid, melancholy, visionary images distorted by the concept of original sin, eating the forbidden apple, and seeing the world as a sustenance-draining entity of greed, consumption, evil, corruption, disillusionment, angst, etc. The song is borderline creepy, which in song format is difficult if not impossible to convey. However, this song is possibly the exception and will give you a haunting stare into your own imagination, with sensations of distraught and disillusionment until the very last note. Rotten Apple is a mental masterpiece in the likes of which may never be duplicated. The creative genius behind Alice in Chains is exemplified in this, Rotten Apple. eat of the apple so young, I'm crawling back, to start...
    magoosh008on July 25, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthis is my most favorite AIC song. i love the overlapping guitars, the echoes of the acoustics and the squeal of the electrics, all tied in by this vocal mantra. i think staley is writing first about original sin, but in a big picture sense, so that we are given a picture of the entire world composed of many smaller images of the world and how it is cold and ignorant and a mess. the apple is back to the bible - the people are corrupted at such young ages now, so that they can never get back to that place of innocence ever again, and staley wants it, but it's too late for him. freakin' apples.
    gregon August 13, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHmmm.... I think this song is about innocence lost. (Which tends to be a recurring theme in Layne Staley's lyrics.)

    The apple is a biblical metaphor--when Adam & Eve bit into it they had to leave the Garden of Eden, thus losing their innocence. It could also be the "poison" apple of the Snow White fairy tale.

    Once the innocence is lost, bad things happen (Innocence is over/Ignorance is spoken/Confidence is broken/Sustenance is stolen/Arrogance is potent). The narrator is upset because he feels that he has lost his innocence "too young," that he has chosen a fate that he didn't want ("I've written my own part"). Resignation to fate is also a common Staley theme. He bit the rotten apple, thus losing his innocence and dooming himself.

    Metaphorically it's something that most people can relate to on some level, I think ... we all lose our innocence as we grow up. More literally, it's also a warning against heroin use--most listeners know that for Staley, the loss of innocence that doomed him was caused by that drug.

    On one level it's very personal and specific, on another it's a universal theme that many people in other circumstances can also relate to.
    drinkthepoisonon September 19, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think it's about a child having experiences that forces them to grow up too fast.
    ILUVLAYNEon September 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe intro is one of the best....
    ThE $aNdMaNon January 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlthough I agree with that Adam & Eve theory, I found another meaning in it, at least for me. The line says "Eat of the apple, so young", and the name of the song is Rotten Apple, so I take it to also mean that early in life is when you're at your most corruptible.
    iGrenadeon June 02, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think, that Layne talks in this wonderful song about his own life, deprived of such things as innocence, confidence, romance and so on, which causes him much suffering and sorrow. But he also admits that to some degree it is the result of his own choice: he's written his own part and choosed to live in his own world of unreality of which he is fully aware. He ate of the rotten apple being too young and, poisoned, he now is crawling back to start, that is to the nonexistence or death. Obviously he didn't believe he had any chances to win in that battle he fought all alone finding no one to cry to and no place to call home (Nutshell).
    1severon January 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about failure, mistakes. listen to the chorus:
    'what i see is unreal'-that looks fun
    'i've written my own part'-i can do what i want
    'eat of the apple, so young'-i try it
    'i'm crawling back to start'-stupid mistake/failure
    but that's just my interpetation
    Grungegirl7on December 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song can't be about Demri, as she died in 1996, this song came out on Jar of Flies in 1993.
    #Junkhead#on October 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust wanted yo say, i agree about the biblical bit, but the Bible never actually mentions an apple...
    wanniatoron May 14, 2008   Link

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