"Lifeless Dead" as written by and John Saunders Barrett Martin....
Lifeless dead, that unclean bed
Till or when her hunger's fed
How he'd wished that they would wed
"I promise on our love" she said
Promises were never kept
Alone on dirty floor he slept
Yeah, Lifeless Dead
And although he'd not accept
She was gone and so he wept

Then a demon came to him
"You must know I'm gonna win"
Yeah, Lifeless Dead
He said, she said
She led him dead
He said we bled
She said not fed
Lifeless dead, Lifeless dead
Lifeless dead, Lifeless dead

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"Lifeless Dead" as written by John Saunders Barrett Martin

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    General CommentThis song is not about Demri....it is understandable how it oculd be interpreted but it is impossible being as how it was released in 95 and demri died in october 96....

    That being said it is terrible how ironically prophetic this song is I think the most horrifying line had to be:

    Then a demon came to him
    "You must know I'm gonna win"

    The demon of course being heroin addiction and in the End it did win..... what a amazing song for that reason alone.....

    This song really can shoot down anyone's happy day.....
    N0 C0DE 79on May 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMad Season had such amazing chemistry.....I seriously doubt if another group could have helped Stanley pull of a Country hued song like river of deceit so beautifully... It's Such a Shame.......
    N0 C0DE 79on May 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think,maybe i'm wrong,but he wrote it for his finace Demri,they both drifted apart while both tried to get clean,but,she died in 1996 of a OD or somethign related to that.Listen to the song Died on Music Bank,pretty sure it's about her too...RIP Layne
    aicguy22on June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah it's about Demri. But not her death.
    About how they were going to get married. They split up for a while. She left him alone, by himself. He did not accept it. He started heavy drug use. The final part kinda explains why they split up. She thought that she was leading Layne further down the spiral.
    Redsand187on April 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti was just thinking...maybe it would've turned out different for layne, had demri not died. what if they got married...layne could've got clean, and still be writing poems and songs, and he would've kept writing and doin' his artwork. but he won't. and that is sad. rip layne
    layne, kurt, and shannon left a lot of fans behind.
    TransparentSunChildon June 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah, love sucks, does that to people. (meaning makes/helps them give up) sometimes when you break up with someone you really love its like a part of you died. RIP Layne... you were truly, truly talented.
    Angry Saron July 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnd of course prophetically "Lifeless Dead" can be refered to Layne's dead body which was undisturbed for Two weeks before being discovered... You dont get more lifeless than already being dead...... I Wish Layne could have made it... John Baker Saunders the bassist for Mad season also OD'd on heroin in 1999....
    N0 C0DE 79on May 22, 2005   Link
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    My Interpretation"Lifeless dead, that unclean bed
    Till or when her hunger's fed"

    I believe Layne is referring to the fact that Demri and himself would not care enough to clean the bed during times they were going through withdrawal.

    "How he'd wished that they would wed
    'I promise on our love' she said"

    Layne really truly loved Demri, and wanted nothing more than to get married. Demri promised him that they would.

    "Promises were never kept
    Alone on dirty floor he slept"

    Unfortunately Demri and Layne both were struggling with their heavy heroin addiction. They never got married like Demri promised they would. They drifted apart, and Layne is now living alone, sleeping on a dirty floor.

    "And although he'd not accept
    She was gone and so he wept"

    Demri and Layne had drifted apart. Layne didn't want to accept it, and fell into a deep depression.

    "Then a demon came to him
    'You must know I'm gonna win.' "

    I believe the demon he is referring to is his heroin addiction. It has taken over him.

    "He said, she said
    She led him dead"

    I believe Layne is referring to the various arguments and reasons each of them had to part ways, and in a way, Layne feels that the breakup caused him to lose all hope for life, and to continue down a downward spiral with his addictions.

    "He said we bled
    She said not fed"

    I believe this is referring to Layne reminding Demri about all they have been through together, and then referring to the fact that Demri also said she felt those same things, but she never came through on any of their promises and plans.

    And to whoever suggested that it's impossible this is about Demri considering she died in '96, this song is not about her death, but about the fact that they had drifted apart and were no longer together at the time. They still remained friends however, and she still remained the love of his life.
    horrorbusiness89on April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYou pretty much hit it on the head, just like to add "Till or when her hunger's fed" does this mean until they relapse or until they're completely clean?
    DJgifon June 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think HB89 is right on the money.

    Part of Layne "died" when he separated from Demri.

    I don't know their entire story, but I know enough from the RS interview that they broke up before or around Tripod.

    According to the RS article on Layne's death, some insist that he gave up his fight with heroin once Demri died.
    $p$on September 18, 2009   Link

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