Alice In Chains: Down in a Hole Meaning
Song Released: 1993
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Down in a Hole Lyrics
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
anonymous Sep 4th, 9:19pm report
The song is about how being a musician runs havoc on your personal life. How relationships fail because you can't be there to cultivate them. You feel trapped that the life you have chosen completely kills the parts of life you seek, and how at some point you shut down your feelings which further disables normalcy, because you know it will fail. You become emotionally 'dead', less open to love, because all you see is the repeated eminent failure the lifestyle guarantees. It's emotional deja vu.
anonymous Jul 8th, 7:58pm report
Jerry Cantrell wrote the song for his then-girlfriend, Courtney Clarke. In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, Cantrell said of the song:
["Down in a Hole"]'s in my top three, personally. It's to my long-time love. It's the reality of my life, the path I've chosen and in a weird way it kind of foretold where we are right now. It's hard for us to both understand...that this life is not conducive to much success with long-term relationships.
- from wikipedia
anonymous Jul 8th, 7:56pm report
It’s about depression and nothing else. He doesn’t want to be alive and wants to go back into the womb. “Holding rare flowers in a tomb, in bloom” meaning he has so much to offer the world but it’s pointless because his depression is holding him in like a tomb. Destined for death and nothing more. “You don’t understand who thought I was supposed to be” high expectations. “A man who won’t let himself be“ a shooting yourself in the foot kind of thing
anonymous Sep 5th, 2018 9:19pm report
This song has two meanings to it, one of substance abuse and never being able to get out of the hole you dug and also a meaning of a burning relationship and not getting anywhere with that person and constantly second guessing yourself and everything you do. This song can be viewed by listeners as a struggle that Layne Staley was going through with his addictions
anonymous Jul 28th, 2017 7:31am report
I was once told that Jerry Cantrell wrote most of the lyrics, at least on the Dirt album. I was told that this song and Rooster was about his father being in and maybe passing away in Vietnam.
anonymous Mar 27th, 2017 3:17pm report
It's about being depressed. End if story.
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2015 1:33am report
Every single theory I saw on this page is not a even remotely close since every one I saw is coming from an alternate universe/ reality as though these lyrics were written by layne staley. This song was written entirely by Cantrell, and wasn't even presented to staley or AIC until it was finished. There was no input from staley on record, unless he was some inspiration, which I doubt. I'm pretty sure I know what Cantrell was talking about, and it wasn't staley. It was about his mother, and his depression surrounding her death.
This song was written by Jerry Cantrell.
It was released on the album Dirt in 1992 and released as a single in 1993.
In 1999, Jerry Cantrell said "["Down in a Hole"]'s in my top three, personally. It's to my long-time love. It's the reality of my life, the path I've chosen and in a weird way it kind of foretold where we are right now. It's hard for us to both understand...that this life is not conducive to much success with long-term relationships.
Demri Parrott, the love of Layne Staley, passed away in 1996.
anonymous Oct 4th, 2012 10:08pm report
The song is about the Rock n' Roll life, and the deceit of its appeal. I base this interpretation not only on the lyrics, but on the video, and what i know about Layne as a person; i have done much research. He is "down in a hole" representing that point in time in his short life, "feeling so small" "losing control". This latter quote is of course due to his major heroin habit, deliverance from which was out of his sight, and which was a result of his lifestyle, deadly and sick at best.
Now let us consider that once a habit of that sort is formed, it is nearly impossible to get out of it. Of course at a certain point one will stop trying because the effort becomes too unbearable. This was certainly true for Layne. So not only was he referring to his drug habit, but the state of his life.
At this point we can consider the lyrics "I'd like to fly, but my wings have been so denied". It is a natural inclination of man to be free and not to be mentally tormented. His use of heroin, having originated from the perverseness of the lifestyle involved with the music, was dragging him down. When one expresses a desire to fly, this means he wants to be free from that which is "denying his wings" i.e. holding him back from the change. Now let's face the fact that it is necessary to change the source of the problem in order to change the subjective issue (lifestyle being the objective issue, drugs being the subjective issue). So in order for Layne to have rid himself of heroin, he would inevitably have to have changed his lifestyle, which means... NO ROCK N" ROLL, which is exactly what this song is about. He recognized the problem, but his will was too far gone by that time, and without an act of will it is impossible to change anything. Will is a function of the soul, and when one's soul is in a state of severe decay, as Staley clearly recognizes and states,the will, being naturally influenced by the intellect (key point: naturally) cannot be made to make correct decisions. A state of sin and neglect of one's spiritual nature deduces the intellect which, naturally being the major influence of an ordered will, to rubble, therefore diminishing the power of the will. Layne knew all this. He was intelligent intuitive. R.I.P.
anonymous Nov 29th, 2011 11:13pm report
it is definitely about drug abuse... he's saying he's dug himself so deep into his addiction that he doesn't know if he can be saved anymore because the drug has taken control of him.
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