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 its sole desertion
Flying not yet quite the notion

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

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"Would?" as written by Jerry Cantrell

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  • +6
    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
  • +2
    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 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
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    General Commentif you listen to this song at the end of every line in the verses it's such a perfect example of how Great Layne and Jerry's voices were together......... RIP Layne
    divineblindclownon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese lyrics are wrong; it's "drifting, body's sole exertion." It's even clearer on Live.
    innumerableon May 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song reminds me of love.... just making mistakes and just wishing you could change them and that the other person would see that you know you made the mistake...... love is my drug....
    Led Hendrixon February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about making the same old mistakes again, and not being able to please the people around you. And you just want them to try and see it once your way.
    Soundgarden1019on February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI personally found this song to be about falling back into a bad habit, be it drugs as some claim it to be or a undesirable lifestyle. Becoming free of something that is holding you back, but when it seems that everything is finally going right for you again, that habit comes back and becomes a reality that one does not wish to resume but is for some reason pulled back to it.
    tsax421on January 13, 2007   Link

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