Should I live so long
To see 'em dropping bombs
Hope I have you near
Check out what comes after here...what comes after here

Generation turned a chemical tribe
Don't really care if we live or die
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Been sold out and it's no surprise

Let the black odds roll
Why we can't tell
Ball inside
Roll me over, is this hell...is this hell?

Generation turned a chemical tribe
Don't really care if we live or die
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Been sold out and it's no surprise

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Leaning more toward Cain than Abel

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Possibly more truth than fable

Generation turned a chemical tribe
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Been sold out let me say goodbye

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Leaning more toward Cain than Abel

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Leaning more toward Cain than Abel

Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Could it be more truth than fable?


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    General Commenton my list of favorite Jerry songs..very underrated,can't believe no one's commented on this extremely kick-ass song.anyway,I think this song is about the problem's with commercialized music now day's.maybe I sound stupid but thats part of my take on it.
    Get Born Againon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think i remember hearing jerry make a remark about this one that it was about kids and drug usage and how it's so common for groups of kids to use drugs these days. "Chemical tribe"
    Body Hammeron April 04, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"No last supper rite
    Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
    Born in ending times
    Leaning more toward Cain than Abel"

    Love that lyric.

    I thought it could've been a comment on how Alice in chains ended.
    fatpomon April 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe more i listen to this song the more i think it could be a reference to John Steinbecks 'East of Eden'. "Generation turned to chemical tribe", every persons genetics supposedly traces back to Cain becuase he populated the earth, so chemically were all siblings and we're naturally eveil. (in theory).

    "No last supper right
    Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
    Born in ending times
    Leaning more toward Cain than Abel" 1st of all whoever transcribed these lyrics misspelled the word "right", but i digress. This quote may be a parallel the story of Cain and Abel, and is aimed at the Cains of the world whose sacrifices are not accepted and are chosen second to Cain. I suppose none of this could have been Jerry Cantrell's intention, but i think 'East of Eden' applies to the song fatastically. In any case i like the song a lot and as well as most songs, "chemical tribe" probably varies interpretively.
    Andonioon March 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has something to do with nuclear fallout

    Should I live so long
    To see 'em dropping bombs
    Hope I have you near
    Check out what comes after here...what comes after here

    A chemical tribe could be the people suffering from radiation damage? I dunno
    Rish88on November 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's just my pessimistic view of the world we live in, but here's how I interpret the lyrics.

    I think the song is about how all mankind is descending into a more and more sickening world. Pollution pressuring the environment, increasing population number accelerating this process and the incompetence of mankind as a whole to combat these problems.

    New generations are born in an already f*cked up (evil; see the bible Cain and Able reference) world, and thus are inherently f*cked to begin with. "Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table"

    Chemical Tribe to me is just a metaphor to mankind. The word "chemical" might be a reference to how we pollute the world in all sorts of ways. The "Generation turned a chemical tribe" might be a reference to the generation of 2nd WW baby-boomers who further accelerated global population and thus demand for materialistic goods and thus further pressuring the liveability of our planet. It might also be just any generation following the last one, as global population is always on the rise.

    As we are now seeing the effects of global warming, "could IT (environmental change; global warming) be more truth than fable?"
    lon1065202on July 13, 2016   Link

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