"Got Me Wrong" as written by and Jerry Cantrell....
Yeah, it goes away
All of this and more of nothing in my life
No color clay
Individuality not safe
As of now I bet you got me wrong
So unsure you run from something strong
I can't let go

Threadbare tapestry unwinding slow
Feel a tortured brain
Show your belly like you want me to
As of now I bet you got me wrong
So unsure you run from something strong
I haven't felt like this in so long
Wrong, in a sense too far gone from love

That don't last forever
Something's gotta turn out right
You sugar taste
Sweetness doesn't often touch my face
Stay if you please
You may not be here when I leave

As of now I bet you got me wrong
So unsure we reach for something strong
I haven't felt like this in so long
Wrong, in a sense too far gone from love
Strong, I haven't felt like this in so long
Wrong, in a sense too far gone from love

That don't last forever
Something's gotta turn out right

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"Got Me Wrong" as written by Jerry Cantrell

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  • +4
    General CommentI remember something that Lionel Ritchie said about songwriting. He said that love songs would never go out of style. It seems to me there are three categories of love songs: I love you, I hate you, and I am sorry. They all deal with love and this one is in the second category. It's a great tune and it haunts. That's why I like it.
    OpinionHeadon January 10, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI don't care 'bout the lyrics, I just totally fell in love with the guitar on this track!!
    Agerlundon September 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionHere comes Randal.

    He's a berserker.
    O Sliggity Sliceon January 15, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMan, it makes total sense to me now. No wonder I absolutely can't stop playing this song on repeat right now. I am especially drawn to the lines:

    "You, sugar taste
    Sweetness doesn't often touch my face
    Stay, if you please
    You may not be here when I leave"

    I'm leaving my first love (I'm 21). We've been together for 2 years. I'm leaving him so that I won't hurt him in the future, as I don't know what I want in life right now and I can't commit to anything. He is the only innocence and good that I know right now (and may EVER know), but we can't become further attached b/c of the potential hurt that's involved. It's SO hard to leave him, and the only way we can go about it (we agree) is to not be in each other's lives anymore. I feel like I'm mourning a dead person, it hurts SO much. I know one day we'll get over it though, and that it's probably for the best. I think this might be (if not exactly) close to what this song is about now that I think of it.
    Eze3on May 15, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can really relate to this song because to me it seems like the song is all about miscommunication in a realtionship and failue to understand one another. The person says strong, because they are ready to move on and "wrong in a sense to far gone from love" because they feel removed from the relationship.
    Twitt1494on January 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would guess it is about a woman that lost their love for him and he stil wants her back, but she is gone.
    Snatch518on April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJerry wrote this song and I read a long time ago how he had a long time girlfriend he he loved back home. However he could never be faithful to her due to his "needs" and touring...and what not. I think this song is about how his girlfriend had enough with him and his behavior. She breaks up with him because she cant take it anymore. He feels bad and he thinks that she "got him wrong". Who knows? Maybe he didnt do anything with another woman and she got him wrong or maybe he did. However, he does feel heartbroken because he truly loves this girl but he cant help himself. Thats just my interpretion... we will never know the true story. Awesome song, love AIC. Like if you cant tell already with my s/n lol.
    Got Me Wrongon December 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnot to mention the sexiness of the song. especially the groove that contrasts layne's voice.
    heart of darknesson January 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, guitarist Jerry Cantrell said of the song:

    "That's about a girl I was dating in between one of the times I broke up with my true love. A lot of times you'll tell someone how you don't want to be in a relationship and why, and what kind of person you are, and they hear all that but think that they can change you. That's what the song's about, getting me wrong and the different ways that men and women see each other."

    I also see the song as a conversation between a man who doesn't want to commit, and a woman who has strong feelings for him and thinks that he'll change for her when he sees how strong she feels about a potential relationship.

    For example:

    Man: As of now I bet you got me wrong. (I don't want to commit)
    So unsure we reach for something strong.

    Woman: I haven't felt like this in so long...

    Man: Wrong, in a sense too far gone from love. (I don't love you, it was all about lust)

    You can also apply that to the verses as well.
    $p$on September 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is speaking to me pretty strongly right now, amazing how AIC tends to do that when I'm going through emotional turmoil. It feels like it perfectly describes my feelings for a girl I'm crazy about. The song has a kind of cynical optimism to it. He laments that things go away and that he's not ultimately happy for the long term, and hopes the odds someday work out in his favor. He's also not sure about anything, whether he's ready to commit and lose his individuality. When he's with this girl, the same uncertainty persists. When he tells her how he feels, sometimes she pulls away because she's not sure she's ready to trust and commit either, Other times, they give in to each other, desperately searching for something strong to latch onto. This is where the sexy guitar riffs take over for me. The would-be couple shares a strong intimate connection, and yet they're both unsure of exposing themselves emotionally and becoming vulnerable to each other. Toward the end, he acknowledges some tender thoughts of her, that she's one of the few sweet things in his life and that he wants her, but isn't sure of himself. Nothing is resolved by this song, but it certainly touches on a lot of emotional issues, at least for me. Being unsure of myself, wondering if I've been scarred by past relationships to the extent I may be "too far gone from love" to ever give of myself to someone fully again. Hoping that eventually, "something's gotta turn out right."
    Sinfjotlion September 12, 2013   Link

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