Care not for the men who wonder
Straw that broke your back, you're under
Cast all them aside who care
Empty eyes and dead end stare

Don't you know that none are blind
To the lie, and you think I don't find what you hide?
What in God's name have you done?
Stick your arm for some real fun

For the horse you've grown much fonder
Than for me, that I don't ponder
As the hair of one who bit you
Smiling bite your own self, too

And I think that you're not blind
To the ones you left behind
I'll be here
What in God's name have you done?

Stick your arm for some real fun

So be yearning all your life
Twisting, turning like a knife
Now you know the reasons why

Can't get high, or you will die
Or you'll die
What in God's name have you done?
Stick your arm for some real fun

So your sickness weighs a ton
And God's name is smack for some


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"God Smack" as written by Layne Staley Jerry Cantrell

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    General Comment"Would?" is written for Andrew Wood; I don't think "God Smack" was.

    Layne has said that this is about watching someone you love descend into heroin addiction. I'd guess that it was written about his fiancee, who eventually passed away from heroin-related causes. Regardless, it sounds like he's trying to wake the person up to what is happening to them, and to the fact that he knows it, and that it's awful. He's sort of begging [her?] to realize what she's done (he sings "What in God's name have you done?" with such horror) and to stop ("Can't get high, or you will die").

    The line "And God's name is smack for some" is a criticism; he's complaining that heroin has become more important to [her?] than anything else in the world, even god (as he complains earlier the person has "cast aside" everyone that cares, and has grown more fond of "that horse" than of him). One of the most touching lines is "And I think that you're not blind / To the ones you left behind /
    I'll be here." He's telling this person that he knows that she knows she's leaving the people she loves behind, but that he'll be still be there for [her?].

    It's so sad that he watched someone he loved going through this, and then ended up doing the same thing himself. Poor Layne.
    drinkthepoisonon October 14, 2004   Link

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