What does Dirt mean?

Alice In Chains: Dirt Meaning

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Dirt Lyrics

I have never felt such frustration

Or lack of self control

I want you to kill me

And dig me under, I wanna live no more

One who doesn't care is one who shouldn't be

I've tried to hide myself from what is

wrong for me


  1. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2020 !⃝

    It's about Kurt Cobain. Laney is describing his feeling of admiration and and frustration at Kurts seemingly effortless ability to create, preform with his raw talent and rise of success.
    Laney has to struggle through life but he's a decent guy and gets on with it.

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  2. anonymous
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    Sep 1st 2020 !⃝

    It's more deeper than that . . . In 2020 cancel culture plays a vital role in suppression of talent. This is a positive song . . .it's about breaking those chains and getting out alive.

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  3. anonymous
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    May 29th 2018 !⃝

    It may not have to be about a single subject. While this is attributed to Layne, Jerry also contributed and it may have had to do with drugs, a relationship or Layne's father all in one. The most likely is a relationship or his father - Cantrell himself stated that only Sickman, Godsmack and Junkhead were about drugs.

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 26th 2017 !⃝

    You are all wrong. It's about his father in the Vietnamese war, and PTSD.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2016 !⃝

    Drugs. And father issues.

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 27th 2014 !⃝

    Probably bullshit all about parents or drugs (which both are on various sites) Listen to Paris, France 15/10/93, he says that this one is about a beautiful little girl who tore his heart out - "fucking little bitch" as he says - so similar to love hate love - maybe the same girl.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2012 !⃝

    It's a song about abuse, definitely. I'm not sure if it's similar with 'Angry Chair', which means that Layne talks about his parents abusing him, or with 'Love, Hate, Love' and 'Confusion' which is about Layne treating bad his girlfriend. The first one makes more sense, because Layne said he's been treated awfully by his father and he always wanted to become famous because he thought that if he was a celebrity, his father would care about him.
    It's an amazing song, the lyrics are so heavy and badass, the music is also great and the guitar riff just blows your mind.
    Awesome Alice In Chains, once again.
    Rest in peace Layne Staley, rest in peace Mike Starr.

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 30th 2011 !⃝

    His father left him as a child and later returned when layne had become famous. They did drugs together then he disapeared again. Put 2 and 2 together plus troubled past and that's the meaning of th song

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2011 !⃝

    It seems he was abused by his parent(s) and, unfortunately, he was a kid and couldn't get away (I've tried to hide myself from what is wrong for me) and therefore he is frustrated and has no self control and doesn't want to live anymore. When he talks about someone that doesn't care shouldn't be, I believe he can't believe the fact that his parent(s) dont' care about him and treat him the way they do, and someone who treats their kids that way shouldn't exist. When he says

    "You, you are so special

    You have the talent to

    make me feel like dirt

    And you, you use your

    talent to dig me under

    And cover me with dirt"

    He talks about how he was raised and pretty much that his parent(s) him feel like dirt and how good they were at it and that they pretty much affected the rest of his life by how terrible they treated him and how he will never be normal because of it.

    I hope this all makes sense because it makes perfect sense to me!

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 23rd 2011 !⃝

    I thank the song mean when some one who doest not care is one who should not be this song is so me like my father left me when i was three did not see him for 15 years and now he wants to be back in my life hes not a farther lack of self control is the drug problem for me and i try to hide my self from it but i dont iam just like layne i love that guy

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