"Spiderbite" as written by and Cantrell....
Caine
Caine

What was your name? Damn glad to meet ya
Never been to your place, but I know it
Twitching embrace, show me the spider
Try to disappear, back crack in the sofa

Caine
Caine
Caine

Slow poison working inside
Descending in shadow, cocoon me then bite
Caine spider give to me pain
Got a caterpillar body and a butterfly brain

Caine
Caine

What day is today? Don't I know you?
19 and bold, bitten in Houston
Out to the car, picked up a spider
Anesthetize your face, loser beside ya

Slow poison working inside
Descending in shadow, cocoon me then bite
Caine spider give to me pain
Got a caterpillar body and a butterfly brain

Spun monkeys on the railroad track
Take me to the caine field
I walk along pick my spiderbite

My old man wonders where I'm at
I'm still a child, guess I keep trying to pay him back

Arrogance stains, threading your silk tomb
Steady she drain, spider digest you

Slow poison working inside
Descending in shadow, cocoon me then bite
Caine spider give to me pain
Got a caterpillar body and a butterfly brain


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    My InterpretationObviously this song is about Jerry's struggle with Cocaine. While many assume Jerry didn't have a drug problem, and that it was all Layne, they are wrong. Jerry didn't do heroin, but he did struggle with cocaine for a VERY long time.

    This is my interpretation of the lyrics.

    Verse 1: I believe Jerry is either talking about a new dealer, or a new friend who's also a Cocaine user. Either way, even though he hasn't been to their house before, he's been to enough places like it to have a good idea of what awaits him inside. All he cares about during the visit is the Cocaine. He does some, but still wants to disappear into the couch, and enjoy the high. He's at the point where he doesn't become active on cocaine, but rather just sits down, to feel the effects.

    Chorus: He addresses cocaine as a poison that will slowly destroy his body and mind. It gives him a temporary false sense of security and comfort, but then the hell of addiction and withdrawal sets in. He realizes at this point that Cocaine is actually his enemy, not his friend, and that in reality it's bringing him nothing but pain. His mind is racing, and he is coked out, (the butterfly), but his body (the caterpillar) is just sitting down, accomplishing nothing.

    Verse 2. For a long time now, his days have consisted of getting coked out. It's become so routine, that he doesn't even know what day it is anymore. From being awake for so long, he has become delusional.

    He then reveals he was 19, adventurous, and in Houston, the first time he tried Cocaine. He happened to do it out in a car. Cocaine is a powerful anesthetic, in addition to stimulant, and for those who don't know, it completely numbs your nasal passage, and it's quite frequent for users to rub cocaine on their gums, and around their mouth. This numbs your gums, tongue, and throat. Now that Jerry has entered the world of hard-drugs, he finds himself associating with people that he would normally look down upon.

    Breakdown: I interpret "Spider Monkey's on the Railroad Track" to refer to coke all lined up. For those who don't know, no matter how much Coke might not be your drug of choice, or whatever, and you do it just for the hell of it, after the first line, you will want to continue doing it. You would love to be in a Coca field with access to all the cocaine you can get. He picks at his scabs that he most likely acquired from picking at his skin, during Coke withdrawals.

    His father doesn't hear too much from Jerry, and wonders what he's up to. However, Jerry is still the same person he was his whole life, and still can't forget the pain his father caused him as a child, by not being there in his life, and he realizes he is still holding on to that grudge and is trying to get revenge by not being a big part of his father's life.

    Verse 3: He then refers to the fact that his addiction is quite arrogant, and since he is referring to Cocaine as a Spider, the Silk Tomb refers to his tomb that was caused by cocaine. He then acknowledges the fact that Cocaine is draining and killing him.
    horrorbusiness89on April 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCaine? I've got no idea what this song is about. Can anyone shed some light on it?
    rock_hawkon August 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCome on man I think Jerry yelling Caine can easily be translated into Cocaine.
    StalkerAssassin1984on December 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty simple...It's about shooting coke.
    v00doosmileon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh i see. "got a caterpillar body and a butterfly brain" means he's got a grounded body but his mind's high. ah. Even I knew he meant cocaine, ya idiot
    iamcraigzyon August 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcatapillar body, butterfly brain simply means he's still a kid but he has been explosed and learned so much...i guess in this case...about drugs
    killervon April 15, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningA reflection on past events, a precautionary tale, really. His "advice" in this song really helped me get through some super shitty times.
    satanaesinagogaon January 08, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti agree with horrorbusiness89
    TheArtOfSandon November 07, 2011   Link
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    General Commentno one has ever heard of a caine spider? lol
    My fave song on that CD!!
    Jerry is one bad ass guitarist, & very underrated!!
    tesladudeon March 21, 2013   Link

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