Alice In Chains: Would? Meaning
Song Released: 1992
Teach thee on child of love hereafter,
Into the flood again,
Same old trip it was back then,
So I made a big mistake,
Try to see it once my way.
Drifting body, it's sole desertion,
Flying, not yet quite the...
anonymous May 31st, 2008 5:52pm report
One of the greatest songs by far ever created. It is dedicated to andrew wood of mother love bone, a major influence in the seattle rock scene. In the lyric perspective, it talks about one's journey and the choices we make in this life. "life is what you make it" andy once said. now, interpret this from jerry's last 5 words of this song. you'll pretty much get it.
anonymous Feb 16th, 2009 2:08pm report
Know me broken by my master(Herion).. Teach thee love here after(Hooked the first time using)..So i made a big mistake(relapes).. Have i gone to far to get home(have i hurt to many people for being hooked)...If i would(if i stop) could you(stop also) This is what i think this song is about..
anonymous Nov 30th, 11:47am report
although jerry has said the song is about his friend in mother love bone, it's not and he is not allowed to say what it is about but if you listen and know your bible it becomes obvious the song is about a fallen angel cast down to earth wrapped in "chains of darkness" in the desert covered with rock and "dirt". being angelic his only escape was to wait for his body to die and roam forever in spirit form (with out body)forced to possess man and has been telling his tale through the arts ever since. having survived the original noah's "flood" he often warns of the next judgement through cryptic lyrics. the song is more than likely the fallen angel "AZAZEL".
anonymous Apr 7th, 2019 4:56pm report
I've never used "H", and I can see Would's lyrics being about that struggle. I can also see the lyrics as two dialecticts going on (a couple splitting up).
anonymous Jul 6th, 2018 7:54pm report
It's a song about being WOKE or spirital awakening. He keeps going into the flood again aka troubled waters aka the rabit hole. It's a time of alot of choices and you always feel like you made the wrong one. You think your gonna get it @ every Re entry or do over. Into the flood or rabit hole. God is our master and he breaks you down to a child like form and rebuilds you into a newer more loving version of your self. Your soul seperates and flys/transforms into the new you. If i could would you means, If i could get this right? Would you wake me up and transform my spirit? Going home symbolizes something they are trying to get or achive in the rabit hole.possibly the transformation. They go deeper or further everytime. Trying to see it work once their way. Now their wondering if they went to far to get home. Going to far mean to deep into the hole and possibly tricked or just signed a deal with the devil. Most artist speak about that. The band is alice in chains. Aka Alice in wonderland. In chains aka troubled in the hole. Metallica 'one" talks about this. "Please God wake me". The video makes more sense than just the song. Lincon park. In the end song. "It doesn't really matter. He went to far also. ... Just saying
anonymous Sep 28th, 2017 9:46am report
Know me _ don't be - broken by my master. ...warning ..applies to everything.
Teach thee.. teach love from there after.
Into the flood again
One more time around the mountain so I made a big mistake.
Trying to find love where there will never be
Check it. I'll always be making that mistake in your eyes.. recognize how low one has gone for you ..you hard hearted and selfish pig
Couldn't you just once throw me a bone find some scope of the imagination other than how you can benefit and see things they my eyes.. help me
Have I gone too far to get home? Am I pushing this too far. Should I give in have I laid my life down in vain?
The od is God's random act of kindness. This boys work is done.
If I would (give in), could you ( pull your head out)
anonymous Apr 17th, 2017 4:51am report
the song is about Andrew wood who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. layne staley is wearing woods orange jumper in the video for the song.
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2015 1:18pm report
euacantrell wrote this song as a tribute to the late andrew wood(mother love bone guitarist)... it's about drug addiction- specifically herion, and hell of a lot that goes w/it. "broken by my master- the master is the drug and broken means fucked up/dead. the song shows the insanity of the addict, how everything is always the same old shit over n over, until eventually one ends up killing themself w/the shit... it's really sad and a shame.
anonymous Oct 13th, 2014 10:50pm report
I wish that this song was what I thought it was all of these years-a fuck song.
After Layne died, I told a friend about it and he was kinda like " o'boo-woo he knew what he was doing-big deal"
Guess how my friend died...:(
anonymous Jun 6th, 2014 6:49pm report
From what I understand, this song is about Andy Wood from Mother Love Bone. Andy died of a heroin overdose. When Layne sings, "Am I wrong? Have I run too far to get home?" it confirms that interpretation in my mind. Think of all the loved ones Andy left behind. His drug useage may not be understood by others, but it may feel comfortable or like "home" to him. The song is sort of saying, this is what I've dealt with, could you? Its asking someone, would they do the same if they took comfort in a drug. On that same note, the song can be seen as a love song but still using the same principal. The music video focuses on this as it uses footage from the movie Singles. And at the same time, the song is relateable to a great number of people, whether they are doing drugs or love someon that doesn't return the favor. Maybe its somehing different. Have you ever done something your parents judge you wrongly for but you look at it different? Thats why the song is so great, it has a purpose but touches base with everyone.
anonymous Jan 31st, 2013 1:50pm report
I guess this song is about heroin... Although I kind of got like an anti-God kind of vibe... lol
anonymous Sep 24th, 2012 9:27am report
Maybe it is, look at my past childyears,meaning that he can t forgive himself about some abuses that he had as a child, so he did a big mistake, try to see it his way,(drug abuse). Broken by my master and know me by it.., and if I could would you? Would you what?? What is the action-tought he is talking about? Because if noone can really tell it looks pretty psycho...because from there someone become creazy!
That s what they say in their songs anyway, that they are creazy! Lol
anonymous Mar 15th, 2012 3:33pm report
"Know me broken by my master" obviously referring to heroin addiction. "Teach the on child to love thereafter" having one of the worlds most addictive substances handed to you at a young age. "Into the flood again same old trip it was back then." Relapse and mentally revisiting that feeling of either the high or the personal guilt of relapse.
This is a song Jerry Cantrell wrote about Andrew Wood, that has been established, but I think the song was also in a sense TO Layne Staley and his extreme addiction. That part however is just my take on it
anonymous Dec 28th, 2011 12:40pm report
about heroin, and the singer of mother love bone... bottom line now stfu
anonymous Sep 4th, 2011 9:41pm report
If I could quit shooting dope would you?
anonymous Mar 29th, 2011 3:02pm report
This Song Reminds Me Of Someone And Their Girlfriend. It Seems The Guy Is Cheating On Her Or In Some Kind Of Trouble With Her Which He Refers To As The Flood. He Has Done These Things In The Past And She Just Hates It. He Loves Her Alot Though And Is Willing To Go Through The "Flood" For Her. And In The Song He's Admitting Up To His Unloyalness ,If You Would, To Her. And He's Asking Her If He Has Made Too Many Mistakes For Her To Let Him Try To Make It Up. Seems Like He Calls Her Master And She Apparently Doesn't Ever See It His Way.
anonymous Jan 5th, 2010 1:56pm report
It's about drugs. Most of Staley's are. "Know me broken by my master" is saying once you are on drugs, they are the "master". "Into the flood again, same old trip it was back then" is about doing it again or a relapse.
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