"Rotten Apple" as written by and Michael Inez Layne Staley....
Hey ah na na
Innocence is over
Hey ah na na, over
Hey ah na na
Ignorance is spoken
Hey ah na na, spoken
Hey ah na na
Confidence is broken
Hey ah na na broken
Hey ah na na
Sustenance is stolen
Hey ah na na, stolen
Hey ah na na
Arrogance is potent
Hey ah na na, potent, yeah

What I see is unreal
I've written my own part
Eat of the apple, so young
I'm crawling back to start

Hey ah na na
I repent tomorrow
Hey ah na na tomorrow
Hey ah na na
I suspend my sorrow
Hey ah na na
Sorrow, yeah

What I see is unreal
I've written my own part
Eat of the apple, so young
I'm crawling back to start

Hey ah na na
A romance is fallen
Hey ah na na fallen
Hey ah na na
Recommend you borrow
Hey ah na na, borrow, yeah

What I see is unreal
I've written my own part
Eat of the apple, so young
I'm crawling back to start
Hey ah na na


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"Rotten Apple" as written by Michael Inez Layne Staley

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    General Commentthis is my most favorite AIC song. i love the overlapping guitars, the echoes of the acoustics and the squeal of the electrics, all tied in by this vocal mantra. i think staley is writing first about original sin, but in a big picture sense, so that we are given a picture of the entire world composed of many smaller images of the world and how it is cold and ignorant and a mess. the apple is back to the bible - the people are corrupted at such young ages now, so that they can never get back to that place of innocence ever again, and staley wants it, but it's too late for him. freakin' apples.
    gregon August 13, 2002   Link

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