"Wake Up" as written by and Philip David/watkin Etheridge....
Wake up young man, it's time to wake up
Your love affair has got to go, for ten long years
For ten long years, the leaves to rake up
Slow suicide's no way to go, oh

Blue clouded gray, you're not a crack up
Dizzy and weakened by the haze
Movin' onward
So an infection not a phase, yeah-oh

The cracks and lines, from where you gave up
They make an easy man to read, oh-oh oh-oh
For all the times you let them bleed you
For a little peace from God you plead, and beg
For a little peace from God you plead

Oh-oh-oh-oh, yeah-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh, yeah-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh, yeah-oh

Wake up young man
Wake up, wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up, wake up
Oh-yeah

Wake up young man, it's time to wake up
Your love affair has got to go-yeah, for ten long years
For ten long years, the leaves the rake up
Slow suicide's no way to go-oh, oh-oh
Slow suicide's no way to go

Wake up, wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up, wake up


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  • +3
    General CommentAnyone who listens to Alice in Chains knows what I mean when I say you can just feel how much Layne is in to his music by how he sounds and he shows that in this song especially. To bad he died, the music he has been associated with has always been some of my favorite and he will be missed.
    IceColdon May 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song help kick my drug habit. Thanks Layne.
    irish_deftone6on November 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese guys are so real! They kick ass!
    frbrd21420on April 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song most definitely describes Layne's battle with heroin, but is shown in a different light. Although it has a darkness to it, there is a bit of hope in his words. "it's time to wake up, your
    xoxlonglivelaynexoxon July 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn this song, Layne admits that he has a heroin problem and he desparately wants to get sober "wake up young man, it's tme to wake up. Your love affair has got to go" He says that he needs to get his life in order after all the years of wasted time. This addiction has completely consumed him and he's crying for help. He knows his life could be much better without heroin and all of the pain it had caused him.
    SwornToTheBlackon August 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe's begging for release from all that holds him down
    eddievanhillbillyon May 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful and yet so hard to listen to. Layne is speaking to himself admitting he has a problem and he needs to do something about it. To think about the lyrics of this song is so damn sad.
    TheNooseon January 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The cracks and lines from where you gave up, they make an easy man to read" probably refers to the scars left on his body by heroin use. Every time he tried to stop using people would judge him by those. I guess this made it even harder for him because everyone only saw him as a hapless junkie and it's hard to change on your own when people see you as only that.
    No_Snowon August 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so powerful... just think, they even had it played on his funeral. Layne just wanted everyone to learn from his experiences, and "wake up" from the illusion that you can escape an addiction. Everybody who is stupid enough to do drugs should listen to this song, and be ashamed of themselves if they still call themselves good Alice in Chains or Mad Season fans. WAKE UP!
    Angry Saron June 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you really think about how powerful this song is, because it explains his life and laynes demise, IT made me cry one time its just so awesome. This song is very powerful
    Darkdrummer1on February 08, 2005   Link

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