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."
keep on fooling yourself. keep on thinking you're something you're not. just a ridiculous lie you choose to believe. and what a way to treat yourself. thinking that you're something else. it all comes down to being true to what's real. and we think that's what we feel. it's getting close to reality time. it's going to shatter your small piece of mind. a big surprise. so brace the nerves. it all comes down to who you serve. like an infection. no it's not a disease. it's your perplexity. it's why you stay on your knees. just a false existence. that you're holding so dear. and what a way to treat us all. just preparing for a fall. and it all comes down to giving into your fears. so what makes you persever.e and who makes decisions for you now. i bet it's not exactly who you think. your path is just what you allow. do you see it's time to go re-think. or you can keep on fooling yourself
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