Hey, let 'em do it again, yeah
Hey, you said you were my friend
Hey, turn me upside down, oh
Hey, feelin' so down
Hey, hey, hey, hey

You made a fool of me again
And again, and again, and again, and again
And again, and again, and again, and again

Hey, I know I made the same mistake, yeah
I, I won't do it again, no
Why, why you slap me in the face, ow
I, I didn't say it was ok, no
No, no

You violated a part of me again
And again, and again, and again, and again
And again, and again, and again, and again

Ah, ooh
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah

Hey, you had time to think it out, yeah
Hey, your weak will won't help her heal her heart
Hey, I'll bet it really eats you up, huh

Extending part of me again
And again, and again, and again, and again

Ooh
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah

Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot, yeah
Doot doot, yeah, doot doot


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Again Lyrics as written by Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Sean Kinney

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  • +4
    General Comment

    Kind of like "Sex Type Thing," AIC-style.

    I think it's about an abusive relationship with multiple partners, coming from more than one point of view. Rape might be pushing it; sadomasochism makes more sense to me.

    A little too confusing to decipher for me, and I have to say that DIRT is more direct lyrically than TRIPOD is.

    This is one of those rare occasions where I could accept Layne's explanation that the song can be about whatever you're thinking about.

    $p$on May 19, 2008   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation

    To me the song is about either a sexual relationship you'd really be better off without, or about a drug addiction.

    The "said you were my friend" is the illusion of being in control, "why do you slap me in the face" is being hurt, despite thinking one was in control (and not saying it was OK), and in the end, realization that nothing is going to change or be helped, and resigning to that it just "really eats you up".

    "You made a fool of me again and again and again..." could be about feeling stupid to have ended up in bed with this person again, or about doing stupid things while high. "You violate a part of me again and again..." Both a destructive relationship and a drug habit violates parts of you; your sensibilities if nothing else. "Extending part of me again and again..." The final (slightly delayed) surrender, simply put either getting a hardon or extending the arm to shoot up, admitting that this will keep happening again and again and again.

    Perrywingleon May 12, 2015   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation

    All I know is the last verse has to do with Laynes longtime girlfriend. She died from bacterial endocarditis in the mid 90s (infection of the heart valve normally from IV drug use) "Hey, Your weak will won't help her heal her heart Hey, I'll bet it really eats you up"

    His weak will, his addiction, helped kill her and it ate him up. This is one of their later songs, I'm guessing after she died?

    Tainted703on August 05, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    rape from 3 different points of view. somebody who knowsabout it, the person who was raped, and the rapist.

    BeTrUeToYoUrSeLf88on September 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    The song is written from at least two perspectives.

    Part I: Party 1 attacks Party 2 for lack of ability to stand up. Hence, "You let them do it again." Party 1 feels betrayed by Party 2, "You said you were my friend." This implies a trusting relationship in which one person did not live up to another's standards. Party 1 feels ashamed, and betrayed, that he trusted or put his faith and credit in Party 2 AGAIN.

    Part II: Party 2 tries but lacks the ability to assert himself in the face of something, whatever he (or she) has befallen several times before. "I made the same mistake." He AGAIN pledges himself to hold his commitment. "I won't do it again." When Party 1 says "I thought you were my friend" Party 2 feels his trust in Party 1 is violated. Party 1 understands Party 2's struggle, sees it for what it is, understands Party 2's commitment to Party 1, but would use the nature of their relationship against Party 2 to hurt him emotionally.

    Part Three: Summation First part is resolved when he thinks about it.
    Second part is continued by acknowledgment of his weak will, and resignation to be an ineffective weak willed person. Last line: Continuing the fight. Party 2 approaches Party I, Party I takes the offensive in saying Party 2 will be unable to comfort her. He adds insult to injury by saying "I bet it really eats you up." He may also be saying that he understands Party 2's plight in his inability to comfort her. Last line leaves it hanging a little, but as far as I'm concerned he really rubbing Party 2's nose in it.

    Dogbeateron September 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    just a guess, but it sounds like someone being raped

    insertwittynamehereon September 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    another confusing song. i dont think its about rape, even tho the way he sings it make him sound like hes being raped or tourtured or something. i think it is about AIC and how the media betrayed them. another one of my favorites

    beavis&butthead69on May 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    i think this song is about layne talkin to his addiction to smack and in some parts how it mocks him about he dying wife and how he wont help her cus hes on smack too

    Hey, Your weak will won't help her heal her heart Hey, I'll bet it really eats you up

    and how smack fucks him up but he will always forgive it,thinkin hes in control

    You violate a part of me again Again

    Ah, ooo Whoo whoo, yeah

    Hey, you had time to think it out, yeah

    negativecreep09on December 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    does anybody know what this song really means. it seems pretty emotional and powerful.

    danisgod25on July 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I'm not really sure about the rape, i mean if it was a rape, would it be repetetive? ("You made a fool out' me again, again again again again again again again and again...") I think this is a relationship between two people (most likely a marriage) where one side is constantly being mistreated in a way or another. Just my opinion. Anyway, it's one of my favourite songs of all. The extremely unique rhytmical pattern intertwined with spectacular, let's say, word play along with perfect harmony between the two here clearly show how incredible creative Jerry is and Layne was, and how well the band understood eachother.

    Rest in Peace, Layne, we all miss you.

    Lesteron September 25, 2002   Link

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