The face before me flies
Laughs at me inside
Masks are made to hide the glow
Shining eyes
Distance 'tween us grows
feeding lies

It's hard to start things over
You can feel the fire around us
All the time
Yeah

Something I should say
It takes you every day
What you give is not alive
Today
Your soul served on a plate
Throw it away

It's hard to start things over
You can feel the fire around us
All the time
Yeah

It's hard to start things over
Oh yeah
You can feel the fire around us
All the time
Yeah

It's hard to start things over
Oh yeah
You can feel the fire around us
All the time
Yeah

All the time

What the hell have I?
Little Pride


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    General Commenti think its about self reflection and is questioning what he's done with his life. it's all the more poignant now that layne has died. He's a great vocalist and will be sorely missed, his death was a tradgedy and Alice In Chains are gone forever.
    hell_i_call_my_headon May 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about how you feel about yourself on the inside... like, it's about being depressed, and your reflection laughs at you, showing that it thinks you're bullshit, and the singer is feeling just really down, and wants to start his/her life over, but knows that it's really hard, and wonders if its worth it.

    Best AIC song ever.
    FellONblACKdaySon March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJerry wrote this song, didn't he? I think this song is about a lot of tension in a relationship full of mistakes and regrets and it's hard to keep getting along together all the time and it feels all that work put into the relationship was pointless becos what the hell has he gotten from it. That's what I think, I never read what the band said about it. Brilliant song too.
    Screaming3son March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song couldn't be about anything other than a broken relationship trying to be brought back together. That could mean two people, or one person and perhaps drugs -- I lean more towards two people. The "fire" being felt "around us" represents the tension between the two when they are back around each other. After an intense fued between two people, when brought back together there is definitely a feeling of "fire" and intensity -- because the past is difficult to get around -- therefore every moment together feels unatural and anxious.
    davewah3on August 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdavewah3 hit the nail right on the freaking head. This song really speaks truths for my situation. My interpretation is a relationship between two people are trying to work out a strained relationship. But when they try, there is an awkwardness between them hence the "Distance 'tween us grows" and "You can feel the fire around us".
    022067on December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the lesser known and probably one of the best songs ever done by AiC.

    One of the key phrases here is - "its hard to start things over". I hope that it will make sense to anyone - when your relationship is over, quite often you still can't get over it and constantly think about how you could make it work. Its sad, but its the way that it goes - the problem is not so much in finding a new relationship, but getting over an old one, which is extremely difficult.
    Alastison May 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe riff is brilliant, Jerry is amazing on this song.
    I think lyrics about relationships are so overrated... I'd explain my theory, but everyone seems content with every song ever written being about a relationship, so nevermind...
    Eliminationon May 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was an awesome way to open Last Action Hero.
    thoughtlessclownon June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song to me is about getting back together it really speaks to me because my girlfriend and i broke up and them about two months later we got back together and we would fight alot and shit and it was hard to start things over and it broke us apart again i think that is what the song is talking about
    steveo8488on July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, just let me say, that it will be hard to top steveo8488's profound understanding of this song, and his heartfelt interpretation of it...and shit.

    But seriously, I think it is important to point out that at the end of the song, the lyric posted above says, "What the hell have I? Little pride." I am almost certain that it really says, "What the hell have I, in my eye?"

    I think Layne is saying in a manly sort of way, that he is shedding a tear for the woman. Thus, lending credence to the whole, "about a relationship"-theory.
    rineheitzgaboton November 20, 2006   Link

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