"Maybe" as written by and Jerry Fulton Cantrell....
Long gone, the days of summer
In L.A. it stretches longer
Fading, waiting
Try to heal, but the pain, it won't go
Start with less, always seems to cost more
Hating, breaking

Remember come December
One day can last forever
Ain't nowhere that's safe for a lowly pretender
I'm shooting straight for the target center

Maybe you should know
I'm feeling lonely
And I'm tired, oh yeah
Maybe I should go
Got no desire
To watch the last tear fall
Maybe this will show
I'm reeling, empty
Uninspired, oh yeah
Maybe I don't know
You anymore
And I'm smiling
Our burden is untied
Let it die

I'd be lying if I said it felt right
Even though I got a dog in this fight
Wounded, losing
People talk, in and out their words go
To be the one from where the wind, it does blow
Hounded, surrounded

Remember come December
One life can live forever
Ain't nowhere that's safe for a lowly pretender
I'm shooting straight for the target center

Maybe you should know
I'm feeling lonely
And I'm tired, oh yeah
Maybe I should go
Got no desire
To watch the last tear fall
Maybe this will show
I'm reeling, empty
Uninspired, oh yeah
Maybe I don't know
You anymore
And I'm smiling
Our burden is untied
Let it die

Maybe you should know
I'm feeling lonely
And I'm tired, oh yeah
Maybe I should go
Got no desire
To watch the last tear fall
Maybe this will show
I'm reeling, empty
Uninspired, oh yeah
Maybe I don't know
You anymore
And I'm smiling
Our burden is untied
Let it die


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"Maybe" as written by Jerry Fulton Cantrell

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    My InterpretationThis song hit me the most from the new album (Rainier Fog). I feel like it's a meta commentary on Jerry's current feelings of moving on with the band since the late 90s / early 2000s. There are some refences to the band's final days in the lyrics:

    "Even though I got a dog in this fight
    Wounded, losing
    People talk in and out their words go
    To be the one from where the wind it does blow
    Hounded, surrounded "

    The band's final album with Layne Staley has a dog on the cover art that is missing a leg and has sickly, yellow eyes. Around that time the band had to deal with a lot of negative comments regarding Staley's losing battle with heroin addiction, which ultimately took his life after a few years. Also this is one of the songs on the album which has only Jerry on lead vocals, which makes me think this is his message and has to be sung by him, along with the more intimate, stripped down semi-acoustic instrumental.

    "Maybe this will show
    I'm reeling, empty
    Uninspired, oh yeah
    Maybe I don't know
    You anymore
    And I'm smiling
    Our burden is untied
    Let it die"

    In the interviews around the new album Jerry says he's really happy and content with this new album, but I think this line is directed to us, the fans. I think he has considered this to be the last album from the band during the writing. He feels lonely - he lost many friends in his lifetime. He lost Layne, he lost Starr and most recently he lost Vinnie Paul. He feels uninspired and hollow and his sentiment is that he doesn't know the person in front of him - but this could very well be the band.
    dyomaethon August 26, 2018   Link

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