The song, written by guitarist/co-vocalist Jerry Cantrell, concerns the late lead singer of Mother Love Bone, Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box...
Know me broken by my master
Teach thee on child of love hereafter

Into the flood again
Same old trip it was back then
So I made a big mistake
Try to see it once my way

Drifting body it's sole desertion
Flying not yet quite the notion

Into the flood again
Same old trip it was back then
So I made a big mistake
Try to see it once my way

Into the flood again
Same old trip it was back then
So I made a big mistake
Try to see it once my way

Am I wrong?
Have I run too far to get home?
Have I gone?
And left you here alone?
If I would, could you?

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    General CommentThis song is very different in many levels,
    One is the fact that the singer is talking about
    going threw his addiction of heroin all over again.
    For me, I related to being traped in my ex girlfreinds love again. Also you can but it in any situation, one time or the other that a part of you're life has gone wrong. It's a great mind easer and good song to think about!!!!!!
    Beauch Doggon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentone of their best!!!!!Jerry wrote is for Andrew Wood(Mother Love Bone)who died long while back from heroin overdose.RIP Layne.....RIP Andrew
    aicguy22on May 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is what Layne said in a interview "the songs are about things that we were thinking and we wrote them down, and when u listen 2 them, whatever u think its about... THATS what its about!"
    player1916on May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgood Lord,it IS NOT ABOUT HEROIN...well,not entirely...Jerry Cantrell,the guy who worte most of AIC songs,wrote it for Andrew Wood,the lead singer from Mother Love Bone....Layne maybe wrote half of AIC songs,read the credits on their albums by the song...jeez,not every f*cking AIC song is about heroin,accordign to some people,they could have did a version of mary had a little lamb,and some people would think,duuuh,it's about heroin right?get over that shit,no wonder Layne was a recluse,i don't blame him
    aicguy22on October 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are wrong; it's "drifting, body's sole exertion." It's even clearer on Live.
    innumerableon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTHis site is dumb....It is soley about Andrew Wood and his and struggle with Herione and Layne and Jerry's addicitons and personal demons, period the end. I have met AIC several times, partied with Jerry, sone business with Mike Inez and seen them countless time, both incarnations, Layne and William. Who cares what the song means to you! It's Lyane and Jerry's feelings and their struggles with their own demons and the way the chose to vent their frustrations and lament, not for some of you to make a mockery of by incorporating your sappy interpretation into. It is what it is!

    Layne is rolling in his grave right now!
    whyflounderon April 18, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Teach thee on child of love"

    Andrew Wood, Lead singer of Mother Love Bone always called himself the Love Child.

    "L'Andrew" Love child.

    In mother love bones song "Holy Roller" you can hear andrew talking and saying "Love Rock awaits you people"

    Amazing bands, Mother love bone and Alice in Chains.
    Jerry wrote the song though, not Layne.

    R.I.P Andrew<3
    omfgitzjellyon April 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commentsince curt cobain sang the song about fans singing along with a song whether or not they understood the meaning and in fact the song may indeed mean something entirely different than what the fan is thinking it has become an obsession of mine to find out what songs mean, by author. After looking at a few sites, by no means have I exhausted the internet in my search, it has occurred to me that many ppl have decided that, at least “Alice in Chains” songs, are centered on heroin addiction. It is my contention that while this may be the case, that addictions are interchangeable, and although withdrawal from certain addictions may be more painful or challenging, all of these songs touch us for a reason, we are all addicts in one form or another. Regardless of the addiction written about, something in the lyrics and the music draws the listener into its twisted core and we want more. More of what? Simply put the commiseration of unpretentiousness. To be more precise, we want a commonality, yet exclusiveness, which is so elusive! LOL, literally I chuckled out loud, for I could not resist that silliness of word twisting. (Just a quick note, while listening to "rooster" Vietnam could be the subject, obviously, yet I contend it is still centered around addiction whether the author realizes it or not. Again, simply, and I quote, "they spit on me in my homeland" ppl need to feel better about themselves government, and their environment, so they spit on the soldier in his homeland, this is the addiction to self righteousness and superiority. All of AIC songs are about the "salve" yes, salve, not slave, (we may be a slave to the salve, but the key word here is: salve) the salve is what makes the wound feel better. What wound you may ask? the wound that is the human condition. All misspellings and incorrect punctuation is solely the responsibility of my addiction to GROLSCH, 4 in and I’m illiterate
    oneShotsAllIgoton April 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIts about us generally. His writing deals with a certain premise of judgemnent. How can a seemingly subtle disobedience cost so much for so long for so many. This is the first from Eden our curse. Second the flood of cleansing the Earth. If you envision the "fall" to be us. We are collectively "the devil" and that we are separated from god. The theme is running through many artists who have developed spiritual foresight through the methods of drug abuse. Nothing is free. Nothing causes harm without benefit as nothing benefits without cost. "give us this day our daily bread,".

    If you continue on with assumption then you see that since we are away from god in separate space time dimension then we can be influenced by distortions of subatomic vibrations near the potentiality where thoughts form prior to matter. This is the front of our emmanations. This is the cradl, the womb and the grave.

    Long story short. The bitch is sorry she listened to the silly snake but homey had game and shot her an apple. Why you got to break it off so hard all the time. We sorry already
    godamajinon November 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this is definitely a song about regret and asking for forgiveness. I'm too tired to break it down line by line, but the main points are that the narrator (for lack of a better term) has been slipping into old habits and mistakes, slowly falling back into the 'flood' of regret/depression. However, they still believe that anyone could make the same mistakes if in their shoes, and ask for the listener to "try to see it once my way".

    Also, the whole "Am I wrong..." part is the narrator question whether or not they've made too many mistakes to ever live a happy or normal life. "Have I run too far to get home?" = "Have I done more damage than I can repair?". Just a quick interpretation, hopefully someone else here has a similar view.
    thecallofktulu1993on January 14, 2011   Link

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