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Rotten Apple Lyrics

Hey Ah Na Na
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
I'm crawling...


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    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.


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    Jan 10th, 2020 1:11am report

    It about adam eating the apple and dealing with the results...I think?


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    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


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    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.


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    Sep 2nd, 2018 9:59am report

    This song is Satan speaking thru Layne about Eve eating the forbidden fruit and the consequences of that act.DEATH.
    Layne overdose,died and rotted for a week before he was discovered. His songs foretold his doom. He was a pawn of Satan. Death was his reward. That's what he wanted. DEATH.

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    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...


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    Jul 20th, 2017 7:47pm report

    It's describing an addict.


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    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.


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    Mar 26th, 2017 3:18pm report

    The real meaning is losing your goals in life and starting over.


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    Feb 14th, 2017 2:49pm report

    It is what you want it to be.

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    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


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    Oct 20th, 2016 10:23pm report

    I think it means to hell with everything do drugs and die.


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    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.


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    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


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    Oct 28th, 2015 10:50pm report

    Screwing up your life early. On a pathway to death leading to rebirth.


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    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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