"Nearly Lost You" as written by Gary Conner, Mark Lanegan and Van Conner....
Did you hear the distant cry
Calling me back to my sin
Like the one you knew before
Calling me back once again

I nearly, I nearly lost you there
And it's taken us somewhere
I nearly lost you there
Let's try to sleep now

Drag me far enough to know
I'm blind every mile that you burn
There's a rider that's fallen and
It's clear there's no time to return

I nearly, I nearly lost you there
And it's taken us somewhere
I nearly lost you there
Well let's try to sleep now

Did you hear the distant lie
Calling me back to my sin
Like the one you knew before
Calling me back once again

I nearly, I nearly lost you there
And it's taken us somewhere
I nearly lost you there
Well let's try to sleep now
I nearly lost you there
I nearly lost you
I nearly lost you there
I nearly lost you there
I nearly lost you there
Oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah oh
Nearly lost you there


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"Nearly Lost You" as written by Mark Lanegan Gary Conner

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  • +6
    General CommentSpectaculer, the screaming trees are seriously the greatest band no one has ever heard of...
    N0 C0DE 79on December 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentStraight from the band: "It’s basically about being on acid and how you can lose control of your mind. I stopped using drugs a long time ago, but there’s this place you get, if you do the right kind or the wrong kind or too much, where you really feel like you know what an insane person feels like — where you see demons and hell and just fucking crazy shit. Basically, I was referring to that point where you’ve gone too far and then you make it back somehow."
    DejaVuudooon November 08, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a person who saved themself when they were on the brink of a tragedy. Like addiction or suicide. I also think the distant cry was the persons mind and he is talking to himself about the change.
    danelectro9090on October 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. For awhile, I didn't know this song was even by them. Heck, I didn't even know it had been written in the 90s. I thought it sounded more 70s.

    Not sure what it's about though.
    fatcatx2lon August 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about addiction, his own and someone else, losing them to addiction. Considering the Seattle scene its almost certaintly about heroin.
    TFUon May 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagree with tfu, plus the song also says that the incident put some sense into their heads (And it's taking us somewhere, Let's try to see now) so that they don't let it happen again.
    a_fake_plastic_treeon January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTFU... I would say that I would have to agree with you. Although I hate to agree with the statement "Considering the Seattle scene its almost certainly about heroin..." I would have to that this song is about heroin. "Did you hear the distant cry, calling me back to my sin..." I mean in the first line he is basically telling you what the song is about. Trying to pin the blame on the drug itself removing himself of any fault, classic addiction 101. Trying to justify it in his mind.

    "There's a rider that's fallen and It's clear there's no time to return..." He is saying that he's become complacent with the fact that this addiction will never change, no matter how far it takes him, or who he will lose in path towards self destruction. Honestly one of the saddest song I've heard...
    theklueon April 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBefore my boyfriend was my boyfriend, he introduced me to the Screaming Trees. This became one of my favorite songs. We fell apart and were both completely heartbroken. This song reminds me of what almost was. I realize this isn't the meaning of the song, but it really elicits some strong emotions for me every time I hear it.
    NHow89on January 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe its taken me this long to discover this band. Had to work my way down from Soulsavers and Lanegan's other side projects to this; but the wait was truly worth it. Amazing song, and album in general.
    DancingHoboon March 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinition of grunge and lithium, not sure exactly what its about. Either a addiction or something catching back up with him causing him to almost lose either himself, his girl, or something
    iLikeToEaton June 27, 2013   Link

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