Alabama trailer park they call home
Boy standing at attention in the corner his own
Terrified, scorpion crawling the wall
By the way father, could you please beat me some more?

Anger rising up inside him yet again
Tell me you got a plan
Deaf and blind I'm living with the lepers and
You want to hold my hand

Cold Alaska, hiding, bundled up tight
Stretch aluminum foil 'cross the window at night
Mother crying, calling out up the stairs
By the way father, do you even care that I'm scared?

Chorus

Repeat chorus with "Devil rising up inside him yet again"

Generation three, solitary, alone
By the way father, created hell on my own

Chorus


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Anger Rising Lyrics as written by Jerry Cantrell

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    Oh yeah, most definitely about a guy who beats his son, who grows up to be abusive, and his son as an adult is fucked up. Each verse is about the son and his problems, but the last is a bit lacking in detail.

    In the second verse the mother crying could refer to the mother yelling at her husband to quit beating the boy, which is what I thought the first couple of times I heard this, or it could be the child laying in bed listening to his father abuse his mother. I now believe this to be truth for several reasons. During his childhood (verse 1), he vows not to be like his father and abuse his child. However, his anger as a child is now being vented on his wife, because he's pissed that his mother did nothing to stop his father from beating him ("Boy's standing at attention in the corner, [on] his own").

    The third guy (generation three) is someone, possibly Jerry, messed up from his childhood experiences and possibly inflicting self abuse.

    So, essentially, it's about these guy's whose anger management gets progressively better through each generation, but they still have some problems.

    By the way, I don't think that this song is garbage, just a bit generic and less than what I expected.

    innumerableon March 08, 2005   Link
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    Jerry's openly admitted that his father came back a different person from Vietnam and unleashed his demons on the family. But through his music he seems to have forgiven the old man, and they live together on a ranch in Oklahoma I believe.

    cataclysm0on January 30, 2009   Link
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    Jerry Cantrell is fuckin' awesome! "Anger Rising" is such a great song! I saw Jerry Cantrell back with Metallica and Days Of The New on the Re-Load tour; fuckin' great show!

    TheGodThatFailedon May 07, 2002   Link
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    great song, great artist, great new album :)

    aldeayeahon June 02, 2002   Link
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    great song.does the beginning of it remind anyone else of alice in chains? wheres he doin the lil ooooohhhh part?lol.reminds me of alice in chains.i dunno maybe im fucked like that.but great song

    All4APriceon June 18, 2002   Link
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    I think it would remind people alot of Alice In Chains seeing as Jerry Cantrell was a member of AIC

    Southpaw2g2on June 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    kick ass song...its great.

    Nirvanafreak94on June 30, 2002   Link
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    this song kix major ass! even though i dont like his comments bout 7 dust when they were in concert!

    rlb2004on July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    Its ok dude. Jerry and Sevendust are pals again....I still think Sevendust blows tho.

    PaperFaceon July 11, 2002   Link
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    Yes Sevendust does infact blow donkey sack! Jerry is fucking awesome. And if I ad the balls to do to my Les with what he did to it, DAMN!! Its an awesome guitar and an AWESOME SONG!! And Jerry Cantrell is rockin'!!

    Emo_Guitaron July 27, 2002   Link

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