You were voted most likely to have your name go up in lights
Only took a few years to see that through
Now you're most likely to end up dead alone in a hotel room
31... 32

Roust the boy, smack the wife
Might have one case tonight
Alcoholic breath, thick drool
Repetatitive, belligerent, cruel

Can't get away, oh oh, no hiding place
The boy hesitates, when grown he'll make the same mistakes

Grocery checkout line
Residing in the welfare file
Child support, don't receive
Mama crying, no relief

They got no home, oh oh, three kids and on her own
Revenge his name, oh oh, pay back all the pain

Gutshot defender, hole inside
Shell-shocked commander, are you alright?
Gutshot defender, bloodstain bright, hold tight
Shell-shocked commander

Age adult, mother gone
Friends with dad don't really talk
Wanted to, now you're a star
Make a living milking scars

The boy hesitates, oh oh, lost his way
The boy hesitates, oh oh, first and last mistake

Gutshot defender, fill the hole
There is no commander anymore
Gutshot defender, will survive, yes I
You are no pretender, I--- no pretender...

You were voted most likely to have your name go up in lights
Only took a few years to see that through
Now you're most likely to end up dead alone in a hotel room
31... 32


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    General CommentThis song is obviously a quick summary of Jerry's life. It is Jerry sitting back and reflecting on his past, which hasn't been the greatest. It is very fitting to end the autobiographical epic album.

    Jerry was talented early in his life; he was a good singer and led this school chorus. Thus the first line. Now with all his success that has turned on him, he is no longer most likely to do anything great, but to die an lonely forgotten death, much like Layne Staley, his good friend and band mate... this song was written a couple years before Layne's death so it's not about that.

    The verses follow his life through childhood. The first verse talks of his bad childhood as his dad was a war veteran that was having a difficult time readjusting to the normal life, and had a drinking problem.

    The first bridge is his reaction to the first voice from a narrative view. He wanted to get away from the violence of his father at home, but he didn't know how, as he was still young, and he still loved his dad, so he was not sure what to do. Looking back, Jerry realizes that he has many of the same troubles that scarred him as a child.

    The second verse. Reflecting on the hardship his family faced. His dad had left him, his mother and his two siblings alone. They could barely survive, even with his mother doing all she could.

    Second bridge, Jerry reemphasizing the hardship that was mostly caused by his father not supporting his family. This is where Jerry remembers how much he disliked his father at the time for putting him, his mother and his brother and sister in that situation.

    The chorus speaks of Jerry's father. This reflects the problems his father was working out while Jerry and his family were struggling. Jerry Sr. had faced a lot during the war, and was battling within himself to move on, but as for many veterans of the war it was very difficult.

    The following verse reviews Jerry's time working with Alice in Chains. He is grown up; he has lost his mother with all kinds of bad issues surrounding it from his extended family. His dad has finally got a hold on his life and has come back into his life. He had finally made it, his is a bonified rock star... but he did it by reliving and writing about the pain of his life.

    The next bridge states his biggest regret, hesitation/procrastination.

    The song ends with the chorus to show the healing of the relationship between his father and himself.

    Then reaffirms the opening, after showing his life. He made it big, as everyone thought. Now, people think that he will not make it through to finish his life. But at the end of the song it's meaning has changed. No longer are you scared that Jerry is fading away. The song is hopeful, it is his rebirth. Thus the position at the end of the album. He is cleaning up his life and this song and album are about it.

    I feel this entire album was written right after Jerry ended his long drug addiction. He has lived through all the hardship, and now is reached the top of the hill, and everything will be better from here on, just like his father.
    Redsand187on April 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt was his pant size at the time. Duh
    killervon June 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think when he says now he'll end up dad in room 31...32 is that he didn't know excalty what room number he was in so he just put both in the song but he knew he was in one of them.
    TheArtOfSandon November 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think when he says now he'll end up dad in room 31...32 is that he didn't know excalty what room number he was in so he just put both in the song but he knew he was in one of them.
    TheArtOfSandon November 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is the significance of the 31/32 line? does anyone know?
    Angry Saron February 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment31/32 was Layne Staley's and Jerry Cantrell's ages at the time the song was written, leading me to think the song wasn't just about Jerry's past, becuase some of it doesn't seem to fit in with him, more with Layne.
    Murmandamuson June 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Now you're most likely to end up dead alone in a hotel room"
    That was exactly what happened to Layne.
    Grind838on April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGrind838- WRONG DUDE!!!

    Lane died in his home, a small apartment in the U district of Seattle... otherwise he would have been found sooner...
    egbon May 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment31 32's significance is truly unknown. Jerry hasn't really commented on it. He has said that he really didn't specifically write about Layne. Age is a logical explanation, it could however not relate to Layne so much as Jerry Sr.
    Redsand187on January 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment31/32 isn't a pants size. they go with even numbers. i always thought 31/32 was the hotel room number. but they don't use slashes in room numbers. and it'd be a big number.
    iamcraigzyon October 28, 2007   Link

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