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Alice In Chains: Down in a Hole Meaning

Song Released: 1993

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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...


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    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


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    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.


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    Mar 27th, 2017 3:17pm report

    It's about being depressed. End if story.


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    Jan 5th, 2017 1:35am report

    Figuratively, This song is overtly Freudian--Oedipus complex throughout--you know, according to Freud all guys want to kill their fathers & fuck their mothers--so if that quote from Jerry is about his mother it'd make perfect sense--he's just wanting to get back into that warm, cozy hole from which he was involuntarily ejected from at birth;). And Love the song but y'all's interpretations silly--& don't always believe artists' takes because they have fun bullshiiting fans!


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    Apr 25th, 2016 4:52pm report

    Sounds more like abortion to me.


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    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.


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    Oct 24th, 2013 10:31am report

    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.


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    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.


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    Jun 25th, 2012 6:00am report

    It's about the love of his life that he lost due to her own battle with heroin , he had one true love and it was her. Her name is Demri Parrott.

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    Jan 18th, 2012 1:30pm report

    Personally I think it is about a woman having an abortion and the baby cleary states that but fuck what does my opinion say.

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    Jan 3rd, 2012 1:01pm report

    I immediate thoughts are that this song is about drug(heroine)addiction, but the lines "I have been guilty
    Of kicking myself in the teeth" and "Oh I want to be inside of you" make me think it might be about a lost significant other. Probably addiction though.

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    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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    Nov 27th, 2011 11:55pm report

    The lyrics to this song were not written by lane. So who knows , I'd guess drug addiction.


    Brittany Elizabeth Stouwie
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    Nov 15th, 2011 11:02pm report

    referring to substance abuse. stuck, trapped, feeling as though there is no way to get out, no way to stop. The common misconception though is that all the pain was always directed from Layne, when in reality it was the band itself. The difference is that Layne had gotten to the point where The drug had taken control of him, instead of him controlling the drug.


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    Oct 31st, 2011 10:27am report

    I believe it is about lane's addiction to heroin. as any addict knows, you feel trapped, like you've dug yourself into a hole and every time you use you are digging yourself deeper. I think this song is expressing how hopeless he felt as an addict.

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