It takes a mountain of faith
River flowing pain
It takes a hammer on a nail
It takes a whole lotta love... yeah...

It takes a lifetime of working
A touch of understanding
It takes a wind in the sails
Little children singing... yeah...

It takes a sun burning knowledge
An ocean full of feeling
It takes a certain kind of hunger
It takes a whole lotta love... yeah...



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    General CommentI think this song is more-so about what it takes... to accomplish and do what Jerry Cantrell has done. The lyrics really ring true to what it would take to live gig to gig making just enough money to survive hoping and praying you get discovered. Which is exactly how AiC lived before they made it - I highly recommend watching the documentary of them BEFORE they made it - youtube.com/… . The only thing he left out is it takes "a whole lotta LUCK". Unfortunately there are talented bands that won't ever make it. Then again, so many terrible bands have made it big.

    Jerry's always written about real life issues within his own life, this unlike many AiC and Cantrell songs is a nice change as the lyrics are inspiring but true. The "It takes a hammer on a nail" is a metaphor for being a great musician taking more WORK and PRACTICE than you could ever imagine.
    xbradxon August 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNo comments on this song? Well, I heard some song clips of this and it sounded really good.
    Grind838on April 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first heard the whole song on 14th May 2006. It was EXCELLENT!

    But what is the song about?
    Grind838on June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat it takes...to live
    fatpomon April 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfatpom got it right... what else?
    M!ke87on June 23, 2008   Link

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