"Sure God's all-powerful, but does he have lips? Whoa"

Dear God, how have you been then?
I'm not fine, fuck pretending
All of this death you're sending
Best throw some free heart mending
Invite you in my heart, then
When done, my sins forgiven?
This God of mine relaxes
World dies, I still pay taxes

Can I be as my God am?
Can you be as God am?
Can I be as my God am?
God of all my God am

So Lord, I see you grinning
Must be grand always winning
How proud are you being able
To gather faith from fable?

Can I be as my God am?
Can you be as God am?
Can I be as my God am?
God of all my God am

God am
My God am
God am
God

All the respect I'm giving
Shared strength acquired by living
All blooming life you're feeding
Can't hide sick ones you're weeding

Can I be as my God am?
Can you be as God am?
Can I be as my God am?
God of all my God am

God am
God am
God am
God am


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    Song MeaningYou guys need to understand that music is a form of poetry and Alice In Chains songs were written often about the same subjects the horrors of drug addiction deep depression, and a few songs that were written about their girlfriends. Layne Staley said in an interview "our music is about taking something that's ugly and making it beautiful" and I couldn't agree more

    that said.. this particular song is about Heroin

    Layne referred to Heroin as "GOD" reference Godsmack "God's name is smack for some"
    he wasn't God bashing in this song, now I'm no church person but it's a fact he wasn't
    nor was he in Bleed the Freak, A Little Bitter, Get Born Again, Man In The Box or any other song he Mention the word "God" one more example: the song, man in the box "Jesus Christ deny your maker he who tries will be wasted" that should be self explanatory. also he guest appeared on a deeply religious song
    called "Ring Them Bells"

    Alot of these songs were explained in interviews, but I can tell you no AIC song is just spelled out for you they didn't write like that, dirt, sickman, angry chair, would?, Junkhead and hate to feel were all about heroin it's true would? was written as a tribute to Andy Wood but the song was written about drug relativity it not about about andrew wood it's dedicated to him.

    so as a favor to you and in an attempt to put to rest this nonsense about sacrilege I'm going to break
    down this song for you line by line.

    "Sure God's all powerful, but does he have lips? Whoa..."

    this is some what hard to explain but AIC had a great sense of humor especially Layne,
    it's basic sarcasm to make you think this song is literal when its all metaphoric



    Dear God, how have you been then?
    I'm not fine, fuck pretending

    he saying he's relapsing while the listener believes he's talking to God in prayer
    it's a metaphor for saying he's going back using heroin which he refers to as "God"
    he's not fine meaning he's going through severe with drawl



    All of this death your sending
    Best throw some free heart mending

    despite the fact it's killing him
    he hopes after he uses he will be at peace


    Invite you in my heart, then
    When done, my sins forgiven?

    poetically referring to "shooting up"
    sins forgiven meaning pain go's away

    This God of mine relaxes
    World dies I still pay taxes

    the heroin feels nothing for him
    world dies meaning the high takes over and
    everything around him is tuned out

    Can I be as my God am
    Can you be as God am
    Can I be as my God am
    God of all my God am

    the chorus will make sense in the end.

    So Lord, I see you grinnin
    Must be grand always winning

    its like saying the heroin is smiling at him
    the drug always wins over his sobriety

    How proud are you being able
    To gather faith from fable

    this line is exceptionally poetic:

    he's saying how is it that people still buy into the lies
    that drugs will solve your problems and make your life better

    faith meaning users who put their faith in heroin
    fable meaning their rationalizations for using it is all bullshit

    Can I be as my God am
    Can you be as God am
    Can I be as my God am
    God of all my God am
    God am
    My God am
    God am
    God

    All the respect I'm giving
    Shared strength acquired by living

    he saying he uses alot
    it uses him and he uses it, that what he means by "shared strength"
    and the acquired by living means only until the user dies

    All blooming life you're feeding
    Can't hide sick ones you're weeding

    the heroin is feeding of a healthy life that was once pure and destroying it
    can't hide sick ones it's killing because the symptoms of withdrawl and
    and the physical appearance of one who uses is very noticeable.


    Can I be as my God am
    Can you be as God am
    Can I be as my God am
    God of all my God am
    God am
    God am
    God am
    God am

    so there you go, now maybe you can understand why Layne Staley was such a poetic Genius!!
    the songs mean more than what they appear to be at times so my advice is HEAR the song don't just listen.
    Neapolitan2on March 19, 2010   Link

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