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Alice in Chains lyrics

Album: MTV Unplugged [1996]

Tracks13
 01  Nutshell
 02  Brother
 03  No Excuses
 04  Sludge Factory
 05  Down In A Hole
 06  Angry Chair
 07  Rooster
 08  Got Me Wrong
 09  Heaven Beside You
 10  Would?
 11  Frogs
 12  Over Now
 13  The Killer Is Me
all Alice in Chains lyrics



Nutshell
Lyrics by Layne Staley
Written by Mike Inez, Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney

We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight
And yet I fight
This battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home

Oooh...Oooh...
Oooh...Oooh...

My gift of self is raped
My privacy is raked
And yet I find
And yet I find
Repeating in my head
If I can't be my own
I'd feel better dead

Oooh...Oooh...
Oooh...Oooh...back to top
Brother
Music & lyrics by Jerry Cantrell

Frozen in the place I hide
Not afraid to paint my sky
With some who say I've lost my mind
Brother, try and hope to find...

You, were always so far away
I know that pain
So don't you run away like you used to do

Roses in a vase of white
Bloodied by the thorns
Beside the leaves that fall because my hand is
Pulling them hard as I can

You, were always so far away
I know that pain
And I won't run away like I used to do

Pictures in a box at home
Yellowing and green with mold
So I can barely see your face
Wonder how that color taste

You, were always so far away
I know the way
So don't you run away like you used to do

Layne: Thanks. We've been waiting a long time to play this show, and huh, I'd like to thank you all for coming out to see us, it means a lot to
us. We're gonna have a good time, play some good songs for you. This song is called No Excuses.back to top
No Excuses
Lyrics & music by Jerry Cantrell

It's alright
There comes a time
Got no patience to search for peace of mind
Layin' low
Want to take it slow
No more hiding or disguising truths I've sold

Everyday it's something
Hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself
No excuses, then I know

It's okay
Had a bad day
Hands are bruised from breaking rocks all day
Drained and blue
I bleed for you
You think it's funny well you're drowning in it too

Everyday it's something
Hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself
No excuses, then I know

Yeah it's fine
We'll walk down the line
Leave our rain, a cold trade for warm sunshine
You my friend
I will defend
And if we change, well I love you anyway

Everyday it's something
Hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself
No excuses, then I know

Layne: Okay, now we're going to break to an LL Cool J video, so... [ short Enter Sandman intro by Metallica ]back to top
Sludge Factory
Lyrics by Layne Staley
Music by Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney

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

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

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
.
Layne: This is called Down In A Hole...back to top
Down In A Hole
Written by Jerry Cantrell

Bury me softly in this womb
I give this part of me for you
Sand rains down and here I sit
Holding rare flowers in a tomb...in bloom

Down in a hole and I don't know if I can be saved
See my heart I decorate it like a grave
You don't understand who they thought I was supposed to be
Look at me now a man who won't let himself be

Down in a hole, losin' my soul
Down in a hole, losin' control
I'd like to fly, but my wings have been so denied

Down in a hole and they've put all the stones in their place
I've eaten the sun so my tongue has been burned of the taste
I have been guilty of kicking myself in the teeth
I will speak no more of my feelings beneath

Down in a hole, losin' my soul
Down in a hole, losin' control
I'd like to fly, but my wings have been so denied

Oh I want to be inside of you

Down in a hole, losin' my soul
Down in a hole, feelin' so small
Down in a hole, losin' my soul
Down in a hole, out of control

I'd like to fly but my wings have been so deniedback to top
Angry Chair
Written by Layne Staley

Sitting on an angry chair
Angry walls that steal the air
Stomach hurts and I don't care

What do I see across the way
See myself molded in clay
Stares at me, yeah I'm afraid
Changing the shape of his face

Candles red I have a pair
Shadows dancing everywhere
Burning on the angry chair

Little boy made a mistake
Pink cloud has now turned to grey
All that I want is to play
Get on your knees, time to pray boy

I don't mind, yeah
I don't mind, yeah
Lost my mind, yeah
Can't find it anywhere

Corporate prison, we stay
I'm a dull boy, work all day
So I'm strung out anyway

Loneliness is not a phase
Field of pain is where I graze
Serenity is far away

Saw my reflection and cried
So little hope that I died
Feed me your lies, open wide
Weight of my heart, not the size

I don't mind, yeah
I don't mind, yeah
Lost my mind, yeah
Can't find it anywhere

Pink cloud has now turned to gray
All that I want is to play
Get on your knees time to prayback to top
Rooster
Written by Jerry Cantrell

Ain't found a way to kill me yet
Eyes burn with stinging sweat
Seems every path leads me to nowhere
Wife and kids household pet
Army green was no safe bet
The bullets scream to me from somewhere

Here they come to snuff the rooster
Yeah here come the rooster
You know he ain't gonna die

Walkin' tall machine gun man
They spit on me in my home land
Gloria sent me pictures of my boy
Got my pills 'gainst mosquito death
My buddy's breathin' his dyin' breath
Oh God please won't you help me make it throughback to top
Got Me Wrong
Music & lyrics by Jerry Cantrell

Yeah it goes away
All of this and more of nothing in my life
No colored clay
Individuality not safe

As of now I bet you've got me wrong
So unsure you run from something strong

I can't let go
Threadbare tapestry unwinding slow
Feel a tortured brain
Show your belly like you want me too

As of now I bet you've got me wrong
So unsure we reach for something strong

I haven't felt like this in so long
Wrong, in a sense too far gone from love
That don't last forever
Something's got to turn out right

You sugar taste
Sweetness doesn't often touch my face
Stay if you please
You may not be here when I leave

Thank you. We've got a friend of ours today, Mr. Scotty Olson on guitar.back to top
Heaven Beside You
Lyrics by Jerry Cantrell
Music by Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez

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
Put 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
But I'm not blind
I'm just see-through
Faded
Super jaded
Out of my 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
.
Layne: I would have to say that this is the best show we've done in three years.
Sean: Layne, it's the only one!
Layne: Huh! Well it's still the best!back to top
Would?
Lyrics by Jerry Cantrell

Know me broken by my master
Teach thee on child of love hereafter

Into the flood again
Same old trip it was back then
So I made a big mistake
Try to see it once my way

Drifting body its sole desertion
Flying not yet quite the notion

Am I wrong?
Have I run too far to get home
Have I gone?
And left you here alone
If I would, could you?back to top
Frogs
Lyrics by Layne Staley
Music by Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Mike Inez

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

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

Jerry: Somebody's filming my ass, it's getting hot!back to top
Over Now
Lyrics by Jerry Cantrell
Music by Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney

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

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

Layne: Thanks. I think that's it.
Crowd: No! No!
A guy: Booooh!
Layne: Hey fuck you man!
Crowd: Laughs, noise. Be good! Good boys.
Layne: Okay, one more!
Jerry: This is huh, something we were screwing around with at soundchecks, we're gonna just give it another shot here, try this out, see
how it sounds.
Goes something like this, wrote a song about it, wanna hear it? Here it goes!

"That senator don't love no drug program, he been a dopehead for thirty years... There ya go... The senator don't like no women, he prefers
young boys in leather..."
.
Jerry: It's called The Killer Is Meback to top
The Killer Is Me
New song! By Jerry Cantrell
This track is incorrectly listed as "Killer Is Me" on the album, this is a misprint (it should read The Killer Is Me).

Don't need a gun
Pointed at me
No need to run
The killer is me
The killer is me

So the sun
Shines upon me
I'm havin' fun
The killer is me

Insane the mind
In the name of me
Can't find the time
To let things be

Insane the mind
In the name of me
Can't find the time
To let things be
Let things be

Oh yeah... Can I start over
Oh yeah... Can I start over
And get over it

So the sun
Shines upon me
I'm havin' fun
The killer is me
The killer is me
The killer is me

Oh yeah... Can I start over
Oh yeah... Can I start over
And get over it

Let things be

Jerry: Thanks, that was really fun!
Layne: I wish I could just hug you all! But I'm not gonna.



Layne Staley: vocals, additional guitar
Jerry Cantrell: guitars, vocals
Sean Kinney: drums, percussion
Mike Inez: bass, guitar
Scott Olson: additional guitars & bass


p l a t i n u m c h a i n s
The "Unplugged" album was certified platinum as of
September 19th 1996, with sales of over 1,000,000 copies!

Alice In Chains performed for MTV Unplugged at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York April 10th 1996.
Song list + comments by people who attented the show!
The album was released on July 30th.

Layne and Sean at the Unplugged show:
"This is the best show we've done in three years." - Layne
"This is the only show we've done in three years!" - Sean

Alice in Chains Unplugged has been released on VIDEO October 8th 1996



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