What does Would? mean?

Alice In Chains: Would? Meaning

Album cover for Would? album cover

Song Released: 1992

Would? Lyrics

Know me broken by my master,
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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 15th 2012 !⃝

    "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


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    May 31st 2008 !⃝

    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.


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    Feb 16th 2009 !⃝

    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..

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 19th 2022 !⃝

    Being a song, it probably has double meaning. Don’t know about the deceased friend, but if you’re familiar with the scriptures, The meaning on at least one level is undeniably biblical

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  5. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2022 !⃝

    I believe this song gives the sentiment of being written beyond the grave by Andrew Wood himself as a cautionary tale and the risks involved with heroin use.
    In particular, the final verse ..If I would could you? I interpret this as If I, Andrew Wood, accidentally od'd on heroin, could it happen to you too?

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2021 !⃝

    Into the flood (blood) again....same ole trip (high).it was back then ..
    So i mad a big mistake (relapsed)
    Try to see it once my way ..(the power of the drug over the body )

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 16th 2020 !⃝

    Yep, about heroin addiction.
    'Into the flood again, same old trip it was back then' is the old familiar feeling of injecting into the vein (the flood) and subsequent high.
    'Have I run to far to get home' have I od'd this time and will die?

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 30th 2019 !⃝

    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".

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  9. anonymous
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    Apr 7th 2019 !⃝

    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).

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 6th 2018 !⃝

    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

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  11. anonymous
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    Sep 28th 2017 !⃝

    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)

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2017 !⃝

    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.

  13. anonymous
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    Jan 23rd 2015 !⃝

    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.

  14. anonymous
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    Oct 13th 2014 !⃝

    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...:(

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2014 !⃝

    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.

  16. anonymous
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    Jan 31st 2013 !⃝

    I guess this song is about heroin... Although I kind of got like an anti-God kind of vibe... lol

  17. anonymous
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    Sep 24th 2012 !⃝

    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

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  18. anonymous
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    Dec 28th 2011 !⃝

    about heroin, and the singer of mother love bone... bottom line now stfu

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