"Sin" as written by Dean Deleo, Robert Emile Deleo, Eric Kretz and Scott Richard Weiland....
Holy water clouds my thinking
Sinking low now keep on drinking
Down you go, suffer long
Down you go, sin make me strong

Down you go, suffer long
Down you go, sin make me strong

You control me
Soul you stole mine wishful thinking
Six feet under
Down you go, suffer long
Down you go, sin make me strong

Down you go, suffer long
Down you go, sin make me strong

So feel what were my eyes
Sink into the holes in my eyes
My sins have made me blind
Sink into the holes in my eyes

Dead by dreaming
sleep you steal mine
Pools of cold sweat
hatred burns me
Down you go, suffer long
Down you go, sin make me strong

Down you go, suffer long
Down you go, sin make me strong

Still shackled to the shadow
Still shackled to the shadow
That followed you

Still shackled to the shadow
Still shackled to the shadow
That followed

Still shackled to the shadow
Still shackled to the shadow
That followed you
That followed you


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"Sin" as written by Robert Emile Deleo Dean Deleo

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  • +4
    Song MeaningSIN - This is an ironic song in which RELIGION IS THE SIN.

    This song is NOT about finding religion as many have stated. This is about the damage that religion can do and compares Holy Water to being an Alcoholic. Holy Water clouds your thinking because of the nonsense that religion can spew. Alcohol physically clouds his thinking the same way.

    In this song Religion and Alcohol ARE the Sin. Drinking makes you strong because it dulls your senses so you are unaware of the pain and danger that lurks around and within you. Religion (SIN) makes you strong because you believe someone or some sort of arbitrary righteousness will protect you. Sin make me strong. (religion make me strong, alcohol make me strong).

    The rest becomes obvious once you realize he is comparing drinking to Religion as virtually the same sin. You control me (Religion and Alcohol controls you) they both STEAL your sole, that is the irony of this genius song, the religion is stealing his soul and so is alcohol. Sins make him blind, again alcohol does not eliminate or prevent problems or issues it just covers them up hence he is blind, his eyes are just holes now because he can no longer see, same for religion.

    Shackled to the shadows is one of the most beautiful lines in any song, ever. How do you shackle yourself to a shadow? Shackled implies permanence, immovable, something very stable and limiting. A shadow is virtually non-existent. He is mentally shackled by the past teachings of religion even as he moves through time and space (that FOLLOWED you). The sins he committed while drinking also followed him mentally, forever (shackled).

    Scott has not shown any affinity for religion that I can think of. He rarely wears religious ornaments, is covered with tattoos, drinks, smokes, does drugs and has never mentioned anything about any kind of religious repentance or sudden finding of any god of any type that I can recall or find anywhere on line.
    jdieqZXon January 23, 2014   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaninghes guilty for all the sins he committed and is still committing. he feels like he cant be saved from what hes done

    holy water clouds my thinking: all he can think about is guilt and redemption

    sinking low now, keep on drinking: he cant be saved because he still hasnt repented. weiland was an alcoholic long before he did heroin, so the drinking thing makes sense. hes hit rock bottom and he knows its a sin but he still keeps on drinking

    down you go, suffer long: this is his conscience telling him hes going to hell for all this and he deserves it

    sin make me strong: im not sure about this line. it probably means that even though his sins are evil, theyve made him who he is today

    you control me, soul you stole mine: this is kind of obvious. alcohol controls him like any other addiction. he feels like its taken his soul--hes going to hell because of the drinking and he cant even save himself. either that or its stolen his soul as in, its reduced him to a monster that does nothing but get drunk and act like an asshole. hes no longer himself (makes sense with the "sin make me strong" line)

    wishful thinking six feet under: he still has hope that he can reform and kick the addiction, but he knows theres no turning back. its almost like hes dead and buried, and still thinking hes got a chance of living

    now feel what were my eyes: hes realizing with total horror what hes become and how deluded he is about himself

    my sins have made me blind: he can no longer see straight, everythings about sin and addiction

    sink into the holes in my eyes: he feels like hes falling or sinking. his loss of sight has caused his downfall

    dead by dreaming: hes been living in this dream world and blind to all the reality around him

    sleep you steal mine: he cant sleep or feel at peace because he knows hes doomed

    pools of cold sweat: scared

    hatred burns me: he hates either his addiction or himself for getting addicted, or maybe even God for supposedly not understanding his situation

    still shackled to the shadow that followed you: basically restating what he said before--hes stuck to this addiction and itll never end

    when you think about it this song is incredibly depressing, especially since things got a whole lot worse for scott with the heroin a few years later. i just hope hes really done with drugs for good now
    SludgeGarden13on November 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfall from God in ignorance losing ones soul, then with loss of God the soul gains sight of God. The sins and the self are shackled to the soul which has left and yearns for God. man gains sight to see truth and loses ignorance, now there is accountability. Still sinning he is blinded to GODs ways on earth.
    pinion7on January 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat he said

    this is by faaar one of more underated stp songs for sure.... i love this song.
    bharQon April 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe solo,man, the solo
    slevletteon August 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song could be about, a man´s sin and the thing he did wrong in life that will take take him to hell. Is the eternal fight from heaven and hell .
    AGUSTIN86on November 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHoly water clouds my thinking
    Sinking low now
    Keep on drinking.

    To me, this means getting drunk on religion with the sin being addiction to religious dogma. Just like with anything, you get too immersed in it, it becomes an addiction. Here, that addiction is religion.
    Necronicon January 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about Weiland's drug troubles...short and sweet.
    eddog29512on June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite STP songs. Dean's solo is awesome and Scott's voice is amazing. I don't know what it's about but I can see it being about Scott's drug problems even though they didn't seem to be that bad back in 1992 when this song came out on "Core".
    creedudeon January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentchris cornell ring tones??
    slevletteon September 20, 2006   Link

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