How the mind does shout for rest
When the body is shaken, yeah
Oh, this tightness in my chest
Still your leaves I'm raking

Oh Lord, is this a test?
Was it fun creating, yeah?
My god's a little sick
And he wants me crazy

Who
Are you
Who can say
It's okay to live through me?
Live to be
Part of me
You're a wrinkled magazine
Yeah

Was it something that I said?
Was it how they're breaking, yeah?
I'm so selfish, paying your rent
While your blood I'm taking

You
Spend me
Like a tree
Dirty dollar bills for leaves
Dark in a sea
Of my seeds
And the tears on which you feed

You feed

Your body is a temple
A dormant alter
To where infantile men lie around
Itching and nibbling
Hoping for a small piece of sanity
That of which you can not give

Shit!

Individuality
Buying penance with my soul
And a little Heaven spent
Why the hell not take it?

Thieves
Parasites
Hide from life
You know they'll remember me
They are abhorred
In self-worth
All that matters much to me, yeah


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A Little Bitter [Live] Lyrics as written by Michael Inez Layne Staley

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    General CommentOk, aicguy22. You say you're tired of people of people being naive and thinking that every aic song is about drugs or hating God. Well, you forgot to tell us what you think the song is about.

    This song is obviously about Layne lashing out at God. Theres so many references to God it should make the meaning of the song obvious.

    Who
    Are you
    Who can say
    It's ok to live through me

    Popular Christian belief would have us think that God is everywhere and in everyone and that we must perform Gods work to produce "fruit." In a sense, God is living through us and Staley doesn't seem to aprove.

    Lord is this a test
    Was it fun creating, yeah?
    My god's a little sick
    And he wants me crazy

    That should be obvious enough. Sure you can think you're smart and say that God is a metaphor for drugs or w/e....but then youd just be wrong.

    The body is a temple
    A dormant alter
    To where infantile men lie around
    Itching and nibbling
    For a small piece of sanity
    Of which you can not give

    "You" is once again referring to God. C'mon people! Hes talking about dormant alters and people looking for sanity that cant be given to them. Hes lashing out at God! Does it need to be spelled out for you.

    aicguy mentioned Hearts song Ring Them Bells. He also mentioned that the lyrics were written by HEART not Layne. Dude, just because you write a song about your problems with God, doesnt make you anti-christian.
    And this isn't the first time Staley has addressed his beef with God either. Check out God Am from the self-titled album. That ones even more obvious then this one.

    Staleys lyrics were always brutally honest. Blunt and to the point. They're not hard to figure out, but that doesnt mean the man wasnt a lyrical genius.
    PaperFaceon July 29, 2002   Link

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