"Choke" as written by and Michael A. Inez Jerry Cantrell....
Before you ask for something better
You should know I'm practiced at goodbyes
Are you so deprived
Think you're doing me a favor
I don't need no lesser savior
I'm doing fine

Fragile things so close together
Taped up broken from before
Part of something or all of nothing
A very long hard way to fall

Go then, if you don't feel right
Living in our home
Choking, eat your pride alone

Needless tension, the walls around you
Built before you came to tear them down
It was you I found
Take some time to think it over
If it's so hard to walk this road we mind
Then it's time to say goodbye

Fragile things so close together
Taped up broken from before
Part of something or all of nothing
A very long hard way to fall

Go then, if you don't feel right
Living in our home
Choking, eat your pride alone

So go then, if you don't feel right
Living in our home
Choking, eat your pride alone
If you don't feel right
Living in our home
Eat your pride alone


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  • +2
    General CommentSeems to me the lyrics are about a goodbye. Well, that's pretty obvious, but my point who's saying goodbye to whom. Maybe it's a father/mother saying goodbye to their son/daughter, or a man/woman saying goodbye to their lover. One way or the other, the person who's speaking is tired of a situation that is tearing both him/her and the other person apart, and him/her is also tired of the other person being so proud and never admitting his/her mistakes or whatever.
    Still seems to me that the person who speaks is a father/mother who is saying goodbye to their son/daughter, and this one is leaving the house because he can't bear living in it anymore.
    Lfppfson July 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI feel like it is about heartbroken people who are together with someone simply because they don't want to be alone.

    "Fragile things so close together
    Taped up broken from before"

    Hearts that have previously been broken but are somewhat mended

    "Part of something or all of nothing"

    They feel like it is better to be in a relationship without love than to be alone.

    That's how I feel at least, maybe someone can elaborate on this idea.
    Terquoiseon November 07, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song to me is talking to us. The fams of a amazing band who has seen the best years of their life now gone. Now that theyve picked up the pieces amd started again on spmething so fragile. Jerry os saying hey this is who we are and if u cant follow or dont like it then its a good day to you. Its really heart breaking i cant listen to it sometimes. I want to continue with them but like he said. Hes practiced good byes. So should we.....
    aic1990on March 14, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI feel like this song is a dialog between a child about to leave home, and a parent or parents. It's about the strained ties of family and the fear of being alone if those ties are cut... but from the lyrics it sounds like it has to happen, regardless of how bitter that may be.
    MrShiftyon August 10, 2015   Link
  • -3
    General CommentThis is a song Jerry is writing to his estranged pet goat. The goat and Jerry have had some great times and it seems implied at one time the goat was at one time was Jerry's savior. The "walls" refers to the fence that the goat lived in at Jerry's farm.

    Now the goat seems to have become fragile following some event, possibly broken bones from the fence collapsing. The goat has too much pride to accept Jerry's help, feeling their friendship is unequal now that he's so needy. The "choking" refers to how goats can eat and swallow just about anything so they typically DON'T choke. Jerry feels his goat WILL choke on his pride all alone until he wants to keep living at his home.
    494329643on June 09, 2013   Link

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