Alice In Chains



ALICE IN CHAINS
 

Alice In Chains cover


Layne Staley (vocals, guitar); Jerry Cantrell (vocals, guitar); Mike Inez (bass, guitar); Sean Kinney (drums).
 
 

Despite a slew of nasty rumors that the band broke up (and even one that boldly stated the band's elusive lead vocalist Layne Staley had died!), Alice In Chains proved it's still alive and kickin' with its latest eponymously-titled album. Although the band might not be "dead," it's still as bitter, hateful and gloomy as ever and remains as the top of the Northwestern grunge heap with its deliberately slow, gritty, heavier-than-hell churns and stomps.  Personal faves are Grind, Brush Away, Sludge Factory, Head Creeps, Again and Frogs.  Over Now seems like a fitting way to end the CD, mocking those that thought the band was through with Layne's inabilities to stay clean and continue helping the band grow for years to come.  How they were wrong.  Hopefully they will continue to put out more new music, with the same gloom we've all come to love.

Here is the complete list of songs found on the album, along with lyrics...


Grind
Shame In You
Brush Away
God Am
Sludge Factory
So Close
Heaven Beside You
Nothin' Song
Head Creeps
Frogs
Again
Over Now



 

Grind          TOP

In the darkest hole
You'd be well advised
Not to plan my funeral before the body dies
Come the morning light
It's a see-through show
What you may have heard and what you think you know

Let the sun never blind your eyes
Let me sleep so my teeth won't grind
Hear a sound from a voice inside

Sure to play a part
So you love the game
And in truth your lies become one and same
I could set you free
Rather hear the sound
Of your body breaking as I take you down

Let the sun never blind your eyes
Let me sleep so my teeth won't grind
Hear a sound from a voice inside

In the darkest hole
You'd be well advised
Not to plan my funeral before the body dies

Let the sun never blind your eyes
Let me sleep so my teeth won't grind
Hear a sound from a voice inside
Let the sun never blind your eyes
Let me sleep so my teeth won't grind
Hear a sound from a voice inside
 
 

Brush Away          TOP

I could use some
Time to curl away
My aggression
Is where you stake your claim
Why I question
This curve on which you grade
My conception
A joke? Or latest craze?

I try to get away
And yet I stick around
So fall and crawl away
And brush away loose ground

My intention
Can I arrive at eight
Lie and dream some
Surprise you guys I'm late
All right, correction
Forgetting something wait

I try to get away
And yet I stick around
So fall and crawl away
And brush away loose ground

I try to get away
And yet I stick around
So fall and crawl away
And brush away loose ground

Brush away loose ground
Brush away
 
 

Sludge Factory          TOP

You insult me in my home you're forgiven this time
Things go well, your eyes dilate you shake, and I'm high?
Look in my eyes deep and watch the clouds change with time
20 hours won't print my picture milk carton size

Carton size
Carton size
Carton size

Call me up congratulations ain't the real why
There's no pressure besides brilliance let's say by day 9
Endless corporate ignorance lets me control time
By the way, by the way, by the way, by the way

Once again you see an in discolored skin gives you away
So afraid you kindly gurgle out a date...
For me

Now the body of one soul I adore wants to die
You have always told me you'd not live past 25
I say stay long enough to repay all who caused strife

Once again you see an in discolored skin gives you away
So afraid you kindly gurgle out a date, for me
Once again you see an in discolored skin gives you away
So afraid you kindly gurgle, out a date...
For me
 
 

Heaven Beside You          TOP

Be what you wanna be
See what you came to see
Been what you wanna be
I don't like what I see

Like the coldest winter chill
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
Like the coldest winter chill
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
Like the coldest winter will
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
And you think you have it still, heaven inside you

So there's problems in your life
That's fucked up
And I'm not blind
I'm just see-through faded,
Super jaded,
And out of my mind

Do what you wanna do
Go out and seek your truth
When I'm down and blue
Rather be me than you

Like the coldest winter chill
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
Like the coldest winter chill
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
Like the coldest winter will
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
And you wish you had it still, heaven inside you

So there's problems in your life
That's fucked up
I'm not blind
I'm just see-through faded,
Super jaded,
And out of your mind

Like the coldest winter chill
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
Like the coldest winter chill
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
Like the coldest winter will
Heaven beside you ...Hell within
And you know you have it still, heaven inside you

So there's problems in your life
That's fucked up
But you're not blind
You're just see-through faded,
Overrated,
And out of your mind
 
 

Head Creeps         TOP

No more time
Just one more time

So crazy, beat the strain
Too lazy, shake the gray
So, and she willed the drain
So let me be defamed
Your redundancy stains
Tired of infantile claims
Like puppets on their strings
Untangle you from me

Time to call the doggies off
Tired of the shadowin'
Slide me to the side again
Slapped in the face again

No more time
Just one more time

Your redundancy stains
Tired of infantile claims
Live puppets on a string
Untangle you from me
So crazy, beat the strain
Too lazy, shake the gray
So, and she willed the drain
So let me be defamed

Time to call the doggies off
Tired of the shadowin'
Slide me to the side again
Slapped in the face again

One day my plane leaves
Some way my head creeps
Some day my way leads
Some way my head creeps

No more time
Just one more time

Empty room sets the scene
Pick at me slow, pain fiend
Suck me through barbed screen
Anger becomes our Queen
Tongue whipping forked black
How long until you crack
Surprised and set back
Lackey's loose talk for fact

Time to call the doggies off
Tired of the shadowin'
Slide me to the side again
Slapped in the face again
Time to call the doggies off
Tired of the shadowin'
Slide me to the side again
Slapped in the face again

One day my plane leaves
Some way my head creeps
Some day my way leads
Some way my head creeps
...Creeps

No more time
Just one more time

So crazy feel the hate
Yeah, I've got years to wait
I know it's not too late
Lending clean hands to fate
Rise from the dirt I'm in
Hide in another's skin
Stick black dress doll with pin
Your mouth takes on my grin
 
 

Again         TOP

Hey
Let them do it again, yeah
Hey
You said you were my friend
Hey
Turn me upside down, ooh
Hey
Feelin' so down
Hey
Hey...

Hey
I know I made the same mistakes
I
I won't do it again, no
Why,
Why you slap me in the face, ow
I
I didn't say it was okay, no
No
No...

Hey
You had time to think it out, yeah
Hey
Your weak will won't help her heal her heart
Hey
I'll bet it really eats you up...
 
 

Shame In You       TOP

When I awaken
And I'm achin'
Time for sleepin', yeah
When I'm sayin'
Time to go and
I've been hurtin', yeah
When I'm layin'
I'm still trying
Concentrating on dyin', yeah

You're right as rain
But you're wrong to blame
Agreed my crime's the same

My sins I'll claim
Give you back shed pain
Go find a place for own shame
So you can deal
with this thing unreal
No one made you feel any hurt, yeah

Body's movin'
Only provin'
No one needs to move
Still believin'
Yet mistaken
All God's children, yeah
And I must say
I was stupid
Selfishly she consumed, yeah

And you must change
Patterns all we trained
Or n'er regain peace you seek
Now you hear me
For the things I see
Yeah, I believe in inner peace, yeah

Throw out
Blow up
Hold in
Show fine
No signs
Grow blind
 
 

God Am         TOP

Dear God, how have you been, then?
I'm not fine, fuck pretending
All of this death you're sending
Best throw some free heart mending
Invite you in my heart, then
When done, my sins forgiven?
This God of mine relaxes
World dies I still pay taxes

Can I be as my God am
Can you be as God am
Can I be as my God am
God of all my God am

So Lord, I see you grinnin'
Must be grand always winning
How proud are you being able
To gather faith from fable

Can I be as my God am
Can you be as God am
Can I be as my God am
God of all my God am
God am
My God am
God am
God

All the respect I'm giving
Shared strenght acquired by livin'
All bloomin' life you're feeding
Can't hide sick ones you're weeding

Can I be as my God am
Can you be as God am
Can I be as my God am
God of all my God am
God am
God am
God am
God am
 
 

So Close          TOP

Why are we here again
It's the same ol' sit down roll around chewed up pen
Nothin' thrilling me too much, yeah
Nothin' thrilling me too much, yeah
Nothin' thrilling me too much, yeah
Nothing thrilling me

Yeah, so close now
Yeah, so close now

Man, I nearly snapped my twig
Then again I nearly snapped a few of you
So I hear you think highly now
So I hear you think highly now
So I hear you think highly now
So I hear you think

Yeah, so close now
Yeah, so close now

Why?
Why?
Why?
 
 

Nothin' Song          TOP

Began this take at 7:38
Head hit the board, enough that it aches
Wonder should I be workin' so late
Began this take at 7:38
Head hit the board, enough that it aches
Wonder should I be workin' so late
Wonder should I be workin' so late

Began this take at 7:38
Head hit the board, enough that it aches
Wonder should I be workin' so late
Wonder should I be workin' so late

The nothin' song sticks to your mouth
Like peanut butter on the brain
Nothin' ever stays the same

Went outside to give all a break
Wearing cowhide, steak on a skate
Back inside, Sam throw away your cake
Went outside to give a break
Went outside to give a break
Wearing cowhide, steak on a skate
Back inside Sam, throw away your cake
Back inside Sam, throw away your cake

The nothin' song sticks to your mouth
Like peanut butter on the brain
Nothin' ever stays the same
The nothin' song sticks to your mouth
Like peanut butter on the brain
Nothin' ever stays the same

Nothin'
Yeah, nothin'
Ooh, Nothin'
Nothin'...

Gotta finish so I can awake
Feed the cat or she spreads all the waste
Snap her neck or trade in for new make
Gotta finish so I can awake
Feed the cat or she spreads all the waste
Snap her neck or trade in for new make
Snap her neck or trade in for new make

The nothin' song sticks to your mouth
Like peanut butter on the brain
Nothin' ever stays the same
The nothin' song sticks to your mouth

Nothin'...
 
 

Frogs          TOP

What does friend mean to you?
A word so wrongfully abused
Are you like me, confused
All included but you

Alone...

The sounds of silence often soothe
Shapes and colors shift with mood
Pupils widen and change their hue
Rapid brown avoid clear blue

Why's it have to be this way
Be this way
Be this way
Be this way
Be this way
Be this way

Flowers watched through wide eyes blue
A child sings an unclaimed tune
Innocence spins cold cocoon
Grow to see the pain too soon

Why's it have to be this way
Be this way
Be this way
Be this way
Be this way
Be this way
 
 

Over Now         TOP

Yeah, it's over now
But I can breathe somehow
When it's all worn out
I'd rather go without

You know it's been on my mind
Could you stand right here
Look me straight in the eye and say
That it's over now

We pay our debt sometime

Well it's over now
Yet I can see somehow
When it's all gone wrong
It's hard to be so strong

You know it's been on my mind
Could you stand right here
Look me straight in the eye and say
That it's over now

We pay our debt sometime
Yeah, we pay our debt sometime
We pay our debt sometime
Yeah, we pay our debt sometime

Guess it's over now
I seem alive somehow
When it's out of sight
Just wait and do your time

You know it's been on my mind
Could I stand right here
Look myself in the eye, and say
That it's over now

We pay our debt sometime
Yeah, we pay our debt sometime
We pay our debt sometime
Yeah, we pay our debt sometime
 
 


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