Alice In Chains: Rotten Apple Meaning
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Rotten Apple Lyrics
Innocence is over
Ignorance is spoken
Confidence is broken
Sustenance is stolen
Arrogance is potent
What I see is unreal
I've written my own part
Eat of the apple, so young
anonymous May 12th, 2018 5:04am report
To me, it is all about heroin addiction and how he knows that he is doomed.
The first 5 lines talk about how now that now that he has used heroin, there is no going back to pre-use innocence. He knows it will take his life (sustenance is stolen) and he is paying the price of thinking it wouldn't grab him (arrogance is potent.)
Then he says I repent tomorrow, I suspend my sorrow - I'm going to get clean, but not today - I'll do it when the time is right.
This is my interpretation; of course it could mean many different things.
anonymous Jan 10th, 2020 1:11am report
It about adam eating the apple and dealing with the results...I think?
anonymous Jan 25th, 2019 1:18am report
Being traumatized as a child, growing up and realizing how it still controls your actions and life in adult hood, and having to crawl back to start to learn what u didn't learn as a result of your childhood trauma to recover yourself and learn how to live as you should have in the beginning
anonymous Jan 2nd, 2019 1:29pm report
Inanna was an ancient Mesopotamian goddess, also known as Ishtar and Aphrodite. She was a seductress and often used her feminine beauty to control and destroy men. This is a hidden esoteric meaning of the opening most which people are not even aware. The rest of the song is also deeply religious with references to Genesis and occultist ideology.
anonymous Nov 23rd, 2017 11:25am report
Throwing away your innocence before being fully grown enough to know the consequences, in whatever form you may do that, then struggling to regain some of your lost innocence. Basically the story of most of our lives...
anonymous Jul 20th, 2017 7:47pm report
It's describing an addict.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2017 4:45am report
This song could be whatever you want it to be that's the great thing about music a song can take on a completely different meaning to someone than that of the person who wrote it. But if you take its meaning from the person whos singing it ( layne ) then my guess is its about doing heroin/crack for the first time realising you've lost your innocence being judged by the people around you now you've become a drug addict your fans reaction what I see is unreal the roads you go down being a junkie written my own part laynes legacy when hes come to terms hes going to die theres also hope in this and many of chains songs eat of the apple so young crawling back to start doing this shit so young in life i'm getting cleaned up and starting my life again. Rip layne thank you for your gift to us you are truly missed.
anonymous Mar 26th, 2017 3:18pm report
The real meaning is losing your goals in life and starting over.
anonymous Oct 20th, 2016 10:26pm report
I think it means taking a life at a young age..but who knows only layne could write something and have a thousan different meanings
anonymous Oct 20th, 2016 10:23pm report
I think it means to hell with everything do drugs and die.
anonymous May 24th, 2016 5:39am report
Love this song. I have a tattoo of a rotten apple with the lyrics ear of the Apple so young....such a strong song with so much meaning.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2016 3:41pm report
This song is about a young girl dealing with being raped. "Innocence is over". "Ignorance is spoken" - people around her judging her. "Confidence is broken." - self explanatory "Sustenance is stolen" - the child in her womb is growing. "What I see is unreal" - she's in shock. "I've written my own part" - she feels like it's her fault. "Eat of the apple, so young" - eating the apple was about learning of carnal desire in catholic dogma. "I'm crawling back to start" - she's trying to get her life back. or she's living through her baby, who crawls. "A romance is fallen" - she had a innocent crush this guy, who took advantage of that. I could be totally wrong, but it always seemed to me like this song was from the point of view of a girl
anonymous Oct 28th, 2015 10:50pm report
Screwing up your life early. On a pathway to death leading to rebirth.
anonymous Oct 24th, 2014 10:58am report
The song speaks to me as a loss of innocence not specifically drugs but in internal changes whether it be arrogance or ignorance. I think the rotten apple is a term used to represent the apple from the bible tale of adam and eve but this is my interpretation and my beliefs music speaks to other differently and thats what makes it so amazing.
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