"When the Sun Rose Again" as written by and Jerry Cantrell....
Run, run 'til you drop
Hide, everyone knows
We all trade in never-befores
Selling out for the score

Prey, squeal when you're caught
Cry, it's not my fault
Time to trade in never-befores
Selling out for the score

It seems you prophesized
All of this would end
Were you burned away
When the sun rose again?

Hate, long wearing thin
Negative, all you've been
Time to trade in never-befores
Selling out for the score

It seems you prophesized
All of this would end
Were you burned away
When the sun rose again?

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"When the Sun Rose Again" as written by Jerry Cantrell

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI think there are two things going on in this song. I think Jerry is trying to show how both he and Layne sold out for "score". Layne ended up choosing heroin (ie 'scoring' heroin) over the band which ultimately broke up the band and caused his death. Jerry chose music and although they said they would never get back together sold out for the "score" as well (as in musical score).

    I think ultimately Jerry is trying to get across the point that it is unfair for fans or even Layne(RIP) to be angry with AiC getting back together since both Jerry and Layne made their own choices, trading in what could have been for the "score."

    "It seems you prophesized
    All of this would end
    Were you burned away
    When the sun rose again?"

    What I like most about this is that he poses the second line as a question. I think Jerry is posing kind of a rhetorical question about how Layne will always be part of AiC and not just burned away and forgotten just because they reformed with a new singer.

    Lets not forget that the most common AiC logo is a picture of a sun.

    ..whew..ok that's all I've got.

    PLphotoon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Prey, sqeal when you're caught"

    Is probably:

    "PRAY, squeal when you're caught"


    Personally, I am surprised Layne and Jerry even managed to keep AIC together as a band as long as they did. The state of Layne had always been dismal, this much is clear even from their earliest material. It just took Layne a long time to realize that in the end that the ability to write "dark lyrics" wasn't worth holding on to all the pain... But it was too late, he was already half dead at this point. What he didn't know was that if he let go of the pain, he WOULD NOT lose that part of himself which made him "him".... It was exactly that part of himself which he was killing. This is why he couldn't change, this is why most do not change... And thus, tragic heroes, most remain.

    In my opinion, AIC's best song was "I Stay Away", which was written by Stayle (by some accounts) during a brief period when he was sober. If he had persevered and evolved, what we are left with of AIC, would have paled in comparison with what could have been...

    I can't help but comparing AIC to TOOL. Because just as TOOL symbolizes the mind, AIC is the heart. And just as the mind prevailed, the heart, by itself could not. Layne was pure emotion, unable to filter his own reality and analyze it as much as someone like Maynard can. Layne couldnt keep the most private parts for himself hidden away from his audience, he allowed himself to be vulnerable. Maynard, on the other hand is (in some ways) his exact opposite. Never giving away any direct part of himself to his audience. Its because he knows that "the crowd is fickle"... But this is the same reason why Maynard's voice can never have the emotional power that Layne had...

    AIC & TOOL are the best rock has to offer our generation. Everyone else pales in comparison.

    RIP Layne... he gave all he had... but his best was yet to come....

    p.s. unquestionably the best song of the album, hats off to Jerry

    c0de7on January 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about inevitableness in a "everyday the sun will rise again and see into your soul" kinda way
    metalmorphosison September 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWere you burned away when the sun rose again? What a beautiful song... I'll just listen for a while, and allow the meaning to grow over time. As for musical composition, it is a gem.
    Mike76on September 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLike many of these songs, it "could" be about layne, but I'm going to try to avoid those interpretations...

    I think this could be about a friend who went to jail, who was leading a riskier lifestyle, maybe a drug dealer of sorts, or just a person who trys to find the quick fix/solution for everything.

    "Selling out for the score" just trying to get ahead financially by selling drugs and whatnot
    "Cry it's not my fault" basically you can't blame anyone but yourself when you are arrested
    "it seems you prophesized..." basically it's a risky venture and usually ends up in failure

    and perhaps when the sun rose up again is when he got out of jail, and after being so tainted by incarceration, normal life is forever tainted or "burning" him.

    Just my take, but it's definitely my favorite track on the album. I loved it instantly.
    schism206on September 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would agree with Plphoto ont this one. It seems to basically to be a song about the rebirth of AIC and a "fuck you" to the nay sayers of the album. Beautiful song that is definately a high point of the album.
    Andonioon October 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentc0de7, it seems more likely that it would be "prey" as he is saying that when you become prey to the predators (people trying to screw you over), you squeal when you are caught.

    I see this song as a mourning to the inevitable loss of morals that we all face. "We all trade in never-befores, selling out for the score" suggests trading in the high morals that we all possess as children to do the things that most people fall victim to, ie - losing your virginity, smoking, scoring drugs, etc. These are the never-befores that we haven't tried, and we sell out by giving up our sense of who we are and what we stand for to try something new.

    Looking at the first word of lines from the verses, it goes "Run, hide, prey, cry, hate, negative." As in, you 'run' and 'hide' from these choices, but when you eventually fall 'prey' to the vices, you will 'cry'. It will lead to 'hate' toward yourself and those who put you up to it, and over time, people become very 'negative' through all of their bad experiences.

    "It seems you prophesized all of this would end. Were you burned away when the sun rose again?" addresses the fact that when we look to the world, we see the pain and corruption and always think, "it won't be me." Our fate to fall like everyone else was prophesized as we see everyone fall before us. And then he asks if it would kill you to be just another victim to the loss of morals, which is as common and predictable as the sun rising everyday.

    At least, that is my take on it.
    Wayward Seanon April 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know I the beginning guitar riff of this song (the part without lyrics) in/on a TV show or movie but i cant remember what. I want to say True Blood ending credits but im not sure. Anybody else see/hear it or know what im babbling on about?
    fiidgetton June 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI know this could only be me, but I was thinking it was kinda like Grind. Grind is about people saying that AIC had broken up. Couldn't this be another song like that.

    An example of this interpretation:

    It seems you prophesized
    All of this would end
    Were you burned away
    When the sun rose again?

    In Grind it was talking about how everyone was saying that AIC broke up... The first two lines of this could show that, everyone saying that it would end and what not. And the second two lines would be about them getting back together.
    mikemike1123on July 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about eventually always having your demons uncovered unless you do something about them and that whenever you see a light, to always run to it instead of hiding in the dark.
    jerrylovesrock666on August 10, 2010   Link

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