Sitting all alone, inside, today Jane.
The other girls are home, we're playing a new game.
The voice is very, very close, you like it that way,
and we're feeling rather warm inside.

Are you smiling or afraid?
You can have it either way.

Lady Jane your eyes are wide today,
and the world is looking very strange, you must proclaim!
It's quite a scary, scary ride we take, Lady Jane.

Yesterday seemed very dark, but now it's bright,
your clouds have gone away.
Sensory perception peaking at this time,
electric waves of sound are filling Janie's mind today
calling out to Janie as you drift away, "Don't be afraid,
they're only your illusion anyway."

Lady Jane your eyes are wide today.
and we're sure you won't forget the things
you've seen today!



Lyrics submitted by Ice

Lady Jane Lyrics as written by Christopher Degarmo

Lyrics © MELODISC MUSIC LTD.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Lady Jane song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

11 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General Comment

    Good interpretations, but Lady Jane is about drug experimentation. Listen to it again, and note the song title in relation to that concept.

    DeclarationDayon August 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Yeah your right ESP I didnt realize that. It makes alot of sense now. Thats probly what its about.

    TheMisfitDreameron March 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I listened to the live CD release back when this album came out and have the full meaning. The song is about a young girl who is in an insane asylum and is (I assume) manic depressive.

    Exodus5on March 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    If we're going for a mental disorder it's more likely a schizotypal personality disorder due to the persistence of social isolation (sitting all alone...), complex trauma (the voice is very very close...), inappropriate emotional affect (are you smiling or afraid...), "odd" or "magical" thinking (and the world is looking very strange...), and alterations in sensory perception (Yesterday seemed very dark, but now it's bright...)

    There's literally nothing to indicate drug use other than the name and even that's a stretch - Lady Jane is a very, very common honorific and is actually used more commonly in literature as a reference to the Nine Days' Queen of England, Lady Jane Grey who was later considered a martyr.

    Forget the drugs, this is possibly much more interesting.

    imnxntricon April 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Does anyone know what this song means.

    It kinda sounds like a girl thats a bit of a misfit and her imagination is speaking to her or somthing. Towards the end it seems she's listening to music and thats why her clouds have gone away.

    Someone tell me what they think cause I'm not to sure

    TheMisfitDreameron September 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I don't know, but it is a great song. I think maybe the girl has Extra Sensory Perception ("Sensory perception peaking at this time") and she is in a psychiatric type environment or something being monitored by doctors ("we're playing a new game"). The only reason I would guess this is because of Silent Lucidity which talks about lucid dreaming, a related mental experience.

    zenwizardon February 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It's about Bi-Polarity a kind manic depression or-and about drug abuse (Mary Jane normaly used for Marihuana)But Bipolarity often goes hand in han with drug abuse. Normaly in that case drugs have another cause than to otehr peoples. Even coffein can be like (it sounds a little bit disturbing cause of the upper and downer effect)a downer. Kokain sometimes make People with an Alpha wave disturbtion think like normal People again. It's hard to tell a normal person how someone who is a Bi- polarity character felt, This song tries to tell the side of the story how it feels when you're young and the probs are growing. So if your thoughts may kill you, and your emotions are changing with every aspect of human beeing, don't be afraid. Maybe it's a curse, but only a few are blessed with it, and less than that survived.

    malister666on March 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I don't know about the drug aspect of the song... sure, Lady Jane IS the other name for Marijuana, and the line "Chase the dragon" is slang for LSD (or was it heroin?)...

    But, the song feels too sad to simply be about drug experimentation. The piano and the tempo add to this feeling. Maybe it's about a person slowly shutting themselves in because of their addiction? Maybe it's about losing said person who was once your friend? Maybe there's an entirely different theme - like others have pointed out, it could go hand in hand with a mental hospital or something in that vein.

    Dereckon March 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    All good interpretations. But how come hasn't anyone been thinking that this could be about something much more darker...like incest?

    DelArcoon August 04, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Actually, could even be about a kidnapped and abused child. Think about it..

    "Whispering to ear...as a horny motherfucker can. Want it or not, it's going to happen. To a doll eyed girl. He's feel some hidden self pity... This happens day after day. Jane has only a radio to take her thoughts away from abuse. He's mind tricking her not to believe to be abused. It's only illusion.

    Still he knows, that what he does will not ever be forgotten by Jane."

    Well, that's what I think about it..

    DelArcoon August 06, 2019   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Cajun Girl
Little Feat
Overall about difficult moments of disappointment and vulnerability. Having hope and longing, while remaining optimistic for the future. Encourages the belief that with each new morning there is a chance for things to improve. The chorus offers a glimmer of optimism and a chance at a resolution and redemption in the future. Captures the rollercoaster of emotions of feeling lost while loving someone who is not there for you, feeling let down and abandoned while waiting for a lover. Lost with no direction, "Now I'm up in the air with the rain in my hair, Nowhere to go, I can go anywhere" The bridge shows signs of longing and a plea for companionship. The Lyrics express a desire for authentic connection and the importance of Loving someone just as they are. "Just in passing, I'm not asking. That you be anyone but you”
Album art
Dreamwalker
Silent Planet
I think much like another song “Anti-Matter” (that's also on the same album as this song), this one is also is inspired by a horrifying van crash the band experienced on Nov 3, 2022. This, much like the other track, sounds like it's an extension what they shared while huddled in the wreckage, as they helped frontman Garrett Russell stem the bleeding from his head wound while he was under the temporary effects of a concussion. The track speaks of where the mind goes at the most desperate & desolate of times, when it just about slips away to all but disconnect itself, and the aftermath.
Album art
Mountain Song
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell gives Adam Reader some heartfelt insight into Jane’s Addiction's hard rock manifesto "Mountain Song", which was the second single from their revolutionary album Nothing's Shocking. Mountain song was first recorded in 1986 and appeared on the soundtrack to the film Dudes starring Jon Cryer. The version on Nothing's Shocking was re-recorded in 1988. "'Mountain Song' was actually about... I hate to say it but... drugs. Climbing this mountain and getting as high as you can, and then coming down that mountain," reveals Farrell. "What it feels to descend from the mountain top... not easy at all. The ascension is tough but exhilarating. Getting down is... it's a real bummer. Drugs is not for everybody obviously. For me, I wanted to experience the heights, and the lows come along with it." "There's a part - 'Cash in now honey, cash in Miss Smith.' Miss Smith is my Mother; our last name was Smith. Cashing in when she cashed in her life. So... she decided that, to her... at that time, she was desperate. Life wasn't worth it for her, that was her opinion. Some people think, never take your life, and some people find that their life isn't worth living. She was in love with my Dad, and my Dad was not faithful to her, and it broke her heart. She was very desperate and she did something that I know she regrets."
Album art
Blue
Ed Sheeran
“Blue” is a song about a love that is persisting in the discomfort of the person experiencing the emotion. Ed Sheeran reflects on love lost, and although he wishes his former partner find happiness, he cannot but admit his feelings are still very much there. He expresses the realization that he might never find another on this stringed instrumental by Aaron Dessner.
Album art
Amazing
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran tells a story of unsuccessfully trying to feel “Amazing.” This track is about the being weighed down by emotional stress despite valiant attempts to find some positivity in the situation. This track was written by Ed Sheeran from the perspective of his friend. From the track, we see this person fall deeper into the negative thoughts and slide further down the path of mental torment with every lyric.