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 Commentthis song is about 3 things Heroin, The Media, and his Father


    How the mind does shout for rest
    When the bodies shaken, yeah
    Oh the tightness in my chest

    symptoms of withdrawl


    Still your leaves I'm raking

    (talking poetically to the heroin his "God" he referred to smack as "God" because
    the control it had over him see God smack, God Am, etc.

    Lord is this a test
    Was it fun creating, yeah?

    is this with drawl he going through a test
    was it fun turning him into a heroin user


    My god's a little sick
    And he wants me crazy

    the heroin feels nothing for him
    and he's saying poetically it's making
    him lose his mind from all the pain it's caused

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

    heroin - it lives through him by his use
    Father - used him for his money to get high
    Media - printed lies about him in their magazines for financial gain

    Was it something that I said?
    Was it how they're breaking, yeah

    he's asking did he say something to offend
    the writers of the magazines for them to slam him and
    pry into his personal struggles with no regard to how he feels about it

    I'm so selfish, paying your rent
    While your blood I'm "tainting"

    he's talking to his father asking how am I selfish
    when I'm paying your rent and getting you high all the time



    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

    Father - used him for his money to get high
    Media - printed lies about him in their magazines for financial gain


    You feed

    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

    Heroin - he saying people become weak from use, broken by withdrawl
    even though the smack can't give them the peace they've come to expect

    Shit!

    Individuality
    Buying "penance" with my soul
    And a little Heaven spent
    While the Hell I'm taking

    Heroin - buying penance meaning the price he's paying (physically) for getting high by severe pains from with drawl the little heaven spent is the heroin he just used, the hell he's taking is after the high wears off


    "These"
    Parasites
    Hide from life
    You know they'll remember me

    They are abhored
    In self-worth
    All that matters much to me

    None of these people care anything about him, the media only wants to cash in off
    his suffering, and his father only wants to get high off his success
    and he's saying this weighs on him a great deal, which is why the song is called "A little bitter"
    Neapolitan2on May 19, 2010   Link

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