"Black Gives Way To Blue" as written by and Jerry Cantrell....
I don't want to feel no more
It's easier to keep falling
Imitations are pale
Emptiness all tomorrows

Haunted by your ghost

Lay down, black gives way to blue
Lay down, I'll remember you

Fading out by design
Consciously avoiding changes
Curtain's drawn, now it's done
Silencing all tomorrows

Forcing a goodbye

Lay down, black gives way to blue
Lay down, I'll remember you


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"Black Gives Way to Blue" as written by Jerry Cantrell

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  • +6
    General CommentSo obviously about the death of ol' Layne Staley, RIP. But what gets me the most is the ending. It's sudden, and leaves you unfulfilled in the song, like they should have extended the chorus and made a finale instrumental, as in most songs. But I now think that was the point. It's a song about Layne's death, his SUDDEN death, and when someone close to you dies suddenly, it seems like their life, as well as yours, is unfulfilled. Like there should be something more, if even extended slightly and made with a final note. Not just stopping at the snap of one's fingers. Like if someone you knew died and you weren't there when it happened, you would want to wish to speak to them one last time before they passed.

    The only difference is, I can just put the track on repeat, and make it seem like the song never ended, it just paused before restarting, as if the song would never end (I'm not sure if Jerry intended it to be like that, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did). Sadly, you can't do that with someone's life. And if you could, life would be pointless. Everything is pointless without death.
    Spog Zallagion October 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBlack gives way to blue - To me it means that they are slowly moving away from dark hell that had consumed them, however its only a little bit better; Blue is still a sad and mournful colour, but better than black :-)

    Love the song. RIP Layne.
    jaffa3039on October 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA song about Lane Staley. Incorrect lyrics, but this song is absolutely, ABSOLUTELY, incredible! It's so beautiful. I've been listening to it the entire day.

    Watch the video!
    vids.myspace.com/…
    RikerMontyon September 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSpog Zallagi, I suppose that's the reason behind the short length. I wish it was longer - like 3 times as long.
    ikickedagirlon October 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBlack gives way to blue.

    Like a dark bruise that is healing.
    CoolKat88on January 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful song, my fave from the new AIC. the lyrics can actually draw a tear out of me if im in a mood. def for layne. RIP.
    DiamondEyesXon May 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with all these interpretations of what 'black gives way to blue' means but something i do disagre with is how blue is necessarily better than black. theyre both very sad colours, blue is less absolute and debatebly less bearable. i agree theres a positivity in that lyric, it says something about the endurance and strength in bearing scars that never heal, but i think theres also the reality that chaos in all its horror is only transposed to melancholy, and flattened out, dulled down. its a different kind of horror, but what is worse.
    liacasinoon January 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti reckon this is aic giving up 'the ghost' as it were, a bit, of anger with layne, and reaching a sort of vaguely settled state by the end of the album.
    liacasinoon January 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningHere are the correct Lyrics

    I don't wanna feel no more
    It's easier to keep falling
    Imitations are pale
    Emptiness all tomorrows haunted by your ghost
    Lay down black gives way to blue
    Lay down I remember you
    Fading out by design
    Consciously avoiding changes
    Curtains drawn now it's done
    Silencing all tomorrows forcing a goodbye
    Lay down black gives way to blue
    Lay down I remember you

    Great song and an awesome way to remember Layne. This song is the best tribute I can think of.
    Odoyle91on September 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUNBELIEVABLE song ... what can I say, possibly the best song on the album, hands down!
    saroknighton September 21, 2009   Link

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