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September 29, 1992 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1992
  • Release Date: September 29, 1992
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Duration: 3:26 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0014K8EU8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,984 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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By Dustup224 on August 30, 2015
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Another philosophical song disguised as grunge by AIC. I like the symmetry, profound sadness and irony of this song. To know AIC's history and the Seattle grunge scene early years. is to understand that this song is a final question of a dying man who is regretting the deadly decision to use heroin.
Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell penned this song about his good friend and Seattle grunge scene lead vocalist Andy Wood of Mother Love Bone who had died of a heroin overdose. If you read the lyric's progression, you will find Cantrell explaining to someone as Andy Wood's persona, his addiction to heroin as he has just shot the fatal dose. The final stanza and last two words (could you?) is Wood's last 2 words starting his final question:

" Am I wrong?
Have I run too far to get home?
Have I gone?
And left you here alone?
If I would, could you?---

( forgive me?)", I believe, would have finished the sentence for Andy Wood.

Cantrell later stated that the song was about his friend Andy Wood, and about the general human condition of people who pass judgement on others for decisions they make in life. The final question was meant for anyone and everyone that casts the stone of criticism and judgement on another, as if they had that right.

When I listen to Layne Staley singing the vocals to this song, and realize that Layne was using heroin at the time as told by bandmates, and would later die of a heroin overdose as well, makes this song such a symmetrical and ironic philosophical lesson that life works in the oddest and saddest of ways sometimes. This song started with a tribute to a dead friend, but ended with Layne Staley's first person soliloquy and epitaph.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Comeaux on October 20, 2013
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This song really is thought provoking and drives the point of dealing with addiction extremely well. It gives me much to think about. The song is a definite 5/5.
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By Sandra K. Mcclaflin on October 28, 2014
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This is a song I recently purchased off of Amazon's MP3 store. I like this song, I like the music and the sound of the music Alice in Chains play. William Duval is a good leader singer. He isn't Layne, but never the less he is a good lead singer for this band. I like Alice in Chains. If you like grunge music this band is a good one to listen to. Sandra K
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By Bill on October 30, 2012
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Great group, excellent songs, what's not to like. Could listen to this all day long but especially great for a long, long road trip!
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By Gina DePaolis on June 14, 2014
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The bass guitar in the beginning is awesome. Alice in Chains back then sounded way better than the new music.
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