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"Degradation Trip" (2002)




Psychotic Break lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

I feel the fear take hold
Reside in darkness, thrive where most won't go
Adrift, I curse this gift
And hope you'll never know

Feel like a psychotic break comin' on
Snapping two by fours
Punching holes in dry wall

Feel like a psychotic break comin' on
Chalking up my dead friends
And loved ones long gone

I feel the fear take hold
Reside in darkness, thrive where most won't go
Adrift, I curse my gift
And hope you never know

Feel like a psychotic break comin' on
Snapping two by fours
Punching holes in dry wall

Feel like a psychotic break comin' on
Thinking 'bout my dead friends
Whose voices ring on

Bargain Basement Howard Hughes lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Don't deny I did you cold
I broke your trust and lied
Controlling, selfish, gossip abound
Cocaine mouth over mind

And I say...
I wash my hands, pull the slivers
No master plan, I deliver

Enigma wrapped in riddle
Your life I belittle
Dignity I'd steal
Now I know how it feels

Stubborn bastard, hard head knocking
We had our good years too
Though apart, you're still in my heart
I'd give anything for you

And I say...
I wash my hands, pull the splinters
No master plan, I deliver

Enigma wrapped in riddle
Your life I belittle
Dignity I'd steal
Now I know how it feels

Often heard, seldom seen
Bargain Basement Howard Hughes
Hermit phase, a woodshed rage
These days headlines are few

And I say...
I wash my hands, pull the splinters
No master plan, I deliver

Enigma wrapped in riddle
Your life I belittle
Dignity I'd steal
Now I know how it feels

Anger Rising lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Alabama trailer park they call home 
Boy standing at attention in the corner his own 
Terrified, scorpion crawling the wall 
By the way father, could you please beat me some more? 

Anger rising up inside him yet again 
Tell me you got a plan 
Deaf and blind I'm living with the lepers and 
You want to hold my hand 

Cold Alaska, hiding, bundled up tight 
Stretch aluminum foil 'cross the window at night 
Mother crying, calling out up the stairs 
By the way father, do you even care that I'm scared? 

[Chorus]

Repeat chorus with "Devil rising up inside him yet again" 

Generation three, solitary, alone 
By the way father, created hell on my own 

[Chorus]

Angel Eyes lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Homely, thick in mind, never listen
Worn, tired, siren drawn, tunnel vision
Don't forget this chance only live once
Sprung, hypnotized by light, had to get some

Get it all
She said I forgive you
Don't regret our time
You've got to move on love

Angel eyes
Four years and still I dream
Agonize
Such beauty not since seen

Bow down, piper leading, you were one
Hungry, took the prize, then you got dumb
Don't live out your life like a sad song
Sprung, hypnotized by light, had to get some

Get it all
She said I forgive you
You must too or die
You've got to let me go

Angel eyes
Four years and still I dream
Agonize
Such beauty not since seen

Angel eyes
Your face is all I see
Agonize
Forever haunting me

Solitude lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

There's no out, downside up for good
No light, reflection understood
Had to try, perversion satisfied
Insane...so I indulge the beast awhile

When hurting yourself feels right
And there's nothing familiar in sight
Take the time to pull the weeds choking flowers in your life...

Or seal your doom
Cold transparent blue
Locked inside a room
In solitude

There's no flesh, my own ghost awaits
Unclean, defiled, hallucinatory state
Lust, sloth, not my only sins
It's just how, when it's time, on a degradation trip...yeah

When hurting yourself feels right
Long gone the will to fight
Take the time to pull the weeds choking flowers in your life...

Or seal your doom
Cold transparent blue
Locked inside a room
In solitude
Insanity takes you
So black it's untrue

So black it's untrue

Mother's Spinning In Her Grave (Glass Dick Jones) lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Mother's spinning in her grave 'cause she can't save

Mother's spinning in her grave 'cause she can't save
You wouldn't leave it alone
Mother's spinning in her grave 'cause she can't save
You couldn't leave it alone

Glass cuts up your hide
Black mark on your soul
Burning up your life
Feed the glass dick jones

Mother's spinning in her grave 'cause she can't tame
You need to be the dog
Mother's spinning in her grave 'cause she can't save
The you that's already gone

Glass cuts up your hide
Black mark on your soul
Burning up your life
Feed the glass dick jones

Mother's spinning in her grave 'cause she can't save
You wouldn't leave it alone
Mother's spinning in her grave 'cause she can't tame
You need to be the dog

Glass cuts up your hide
Black mark on your soul
Burning up your life
Feed the glass dick jones

Hellbound lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Going down a last act scene
Curtain call begin bowing
Self-appointed abuse king
Hellbound, that's my belief

Black eat white, cassette thrill
Whatever come, eat your fill
Choke on bones, flowing stream long stilled
The truth is to some degree we all steal

Hey now
Come 'round
Hellbound
Going way down

Justified, a self-made man
All I do is do what I can
Edges sharpened, blasted sand
Bizarre, devoted fan

Black eat white, cassette thrill
Whatever come, eat your fill
Choke on bones, flowing theme blown will
The truth is to some degree we all steal

Hey now
Come 'round
Hellbound 
Going to stay down

Washington, a fish belly rust
Sad chapter read last page first

Black eat white, cassette thrill
Whatever come, eat your fill
Choke on bones, flowing dream now killed
The truth is to some degree we all steal

Yeah... 

Hey now
Come 'round
Hellbound
Going way down

Give It A Name lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Give it a name, get it out of your home
Out in your backwoods a doghouse you own
Give it a name like a howling blue hound
Chasing your fears man he's hunting you down

Give it a name, get it out of your eye
Come from the dockland got your low hangin' high
Give it a name, though you call yourself saved
She's deep on your bone and it won't go away

Slowly all the roles we act out become our identity
And in the end we are what we pretend to be

Give it a name, get it out of your home
Out in your backwoods a doghouse you own
Give it a name like a howling blue hound
Chasing your fears man he's hunting you down

Give it a name, get it out of your eye
Come from the dockland got your low hangin' high
Give it a name, though you call yourself saved
She's deep on your bone and it won't go away

Slowly all the roles we act out become our identity
And in the end we are what we pretend to be

Separating self from dream, harsh reality
And though it hurts, embrace the truth and from fear be set free

Castaway lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Day break, wind is blowing strong
No escape, caught on a reef in the storm
Castaway, licking his cracked lips sore
Patient, waits, hoping the rats reach the shore...yeah...yeah

Yesterday, seems a lifetime now
Remembering, those he left and how
Out in space, laughing at all below
Island stage, plays to his thoughts and ego...yeah...yeah

Dusk fall, fading sun, no fire light
Memories amplify his plight
Gathering, searching for shelter above
Feel the sting, choking on hoarded love...yeah...yeah

Thin, cold, tired...castaway

She Was My Girl lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Copacetic, calm my frenetic, she's the shit y'all
Highly rated, well-educated, she's an angel
She's ambitious, beautiful, delicious, got a restaurant
I can take it, truth stripped me naked, yeah I fucked up...yeah

She was my girl
Used to be my world
I miss my girl
What a fine girl

She put together, says she's doing better since she let go
Repeating dreamer, now and then I see her and we have lunch
Ever playful, hook the jumper cable, give me fresh spark
Sister ringing, old reminder stinging, bridges burned hoss...yeah

She was my girl
Used to be my world
I miss my girl
What a fine girl [Repeat 1x]

She called me up, I guess she pretty stuck, she needed my help
It made me happy, hence the lyric sappy, I still love her...yeah

She was my girl
Used to be my world
I miss my girl
What a fine girl [Repeat 1x]

Such a fine girl
I miss my girl
Used to be my world
She was my girl

Chemical Tribe lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Should I live so long
To see 'em dropping bombs
Hope I have you near
Check out what comes after here...what comes after here

Generation turned a chemical tribe
Don't really care if we live or die
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Been sold out and it's no surprise

Let the black odds roll
Why we can't tell
Ball inside
Roll me over is this hell...is this hell?

Generation turned a chemical tribe
Don't really care if we live or die
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Been sold out I can't tell you why

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Leaning more toward Cain than Abel

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Possibly more truth than fable

Generation turned a chemical tribe
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Generation turned a chemical tribe
Been sold out let me say goodbye

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Leaning more toward Cain than Abel

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Possibly more truth than fable

No last supper rite
Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Born in ending times
Leaning more toward Cain than Abel

Bitchslapped 'fore you reached the table
Could it be more truth than fable?

Spiderbite lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Caine
Caine

What was your name? Damn glad to meet ya
Never been to your place, but I know it
Twitching embrace, show me the spider
Try to disappear, back crack in the sofa

Caine
Caine
Caine

Slow poison working inside
Descending in shadow, cocoon me then bite
Caine spider give to me pain
Got a caterpillar body and a butterfly brain

Caine
Caine

What day is today? Don't I know you?
19 and bold, bitten in Houston
Out to the car, picked up a spider
Anesthetize your face, loser beside ya

Slow poison working inside
Descending in shadow, cocoon me then bite
Caine spider give to me pain
Got a caterpillar body and a butterfly brain

Spun monkeys on the railroad track
Take me to the caine field
I walk along pick my spiderbite

My old man wonders where I'm at
I'm still a child, guess I keep trying to pay him back

Arrogance stains, threading your silk tomb
Steady she drain, spider digest you

Slow poison working inside
Descending in shadow, cocoon me then bite
Caine spider give to me pain
Got a caterpillar body and a butterfly brain

Locked On lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Everything you heard I did and maybe then some ok
Does it make you happy and now is it out of the way?
Everything you heard I done and probably then some ok
Does it really matter of course I took it all the way

What more can I say

Locked on--what's the deal?
Faded rock star, push and needle
You don't know, well that's alright
You do your thing, I'll live my life

Every word you read is true, baby I won't deny
Don't you push me over, I ain't even finished my ride
Every word you read is true and maybe that is a lie
Strap session closing and I'm a-going out of my mind

What more can I say

Locked on--what's the deal? 
Falling rock star, push and needle
You don't know, well that's alright
You do your thing, I'll live my life

Locked on--what's the deal?
Faded rock star, push and needle
You don't know, well that's alright
You do your thing, I'll live my life

Every song I wrote I meant what I said at the time
Yeah I spent some time looking death right in the eye
Every song I wrote I captured a fragment of time
Dying a little bit makes you appreciate life

Nothing more to say

Locked on--what's the deal?
Faded rock star, push and needle
You don't know, well that's alright
You do your thing, I'll live my life

Locked on--what's the deal?
Falling rock star, push and needle
You don't know, well that's alright
You do your thing, I'll live my life

Locked on
Locked on

Gone lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

All dreams have died, along the way
I coughed up the price, I bought a cage
I've had a hell of a time since I went away
Don't know when I died, or where to lay down

Gone, gone away
Yeah gone, gone away

God knows I've tried, I'm dyed in pain
Strong yet simple drive, the freedom to say
I've had a hell of a time since I went away
Homing on traces of light, that distance fades

Yeah I'm gone, gone away
Yeah I'm gone, gone away

So they say with time, we slowly heal
I caught a flash of your smile, through the fog of a dream
I'll have a hell of a time, I clearly see
I can't be by your side, I'll see you when I sleep

Now you're gone...gone away
Yeah you're gone...gone away

"Boggy Depot" (1998)




Dickeye lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Once round outside and check the door
Only thing he came here lookin' for
One man wasting another man
One hand washes the other hand
Born traitor, soul fader

Stoplight flashes in the street
Injected concrete hide bloody feet
Armed and shining in his hands
Cold metallic green, he don't give a damn
Born traitor, soul fader

Down come the hammer, fall my god, you say
Once again the big dog has his day
One man wasting another man
One hand washes the other hand
Born traitor, soul fader

One man wasting another man
Born traitor
One hand washes the other hand
Born traitor
One man wasting another man
Born traitor
One hand washes the other hand
Soul fader

Cut You In lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

I like to sit, do nothing at home
I disappear, turn off the phone
I lose myself, hide from the sun
I make a trip when I'm out of fun

I cut you in, come on let's go for a fall
I cut you in, and you ain't leavin' at all
I cut you in, don't let it go to your head
I cut you in, part time friend

I call you up whenever I'm stoned
We chew the skin, choke on the bones
You wonder when I'll go away
If I could deal with it I would have stayed

I cut you in, come on let's go for a fall
I cut you in, and you ain't leavin' at all
I cut you in, don't let it go to your head
I cut you in, part time friend

I cut you in, come on let's go for a fall
I cut you in, and you ain't leavin' at all
I cut you in, don't let it go to your head
I cut you in, part time friend

I like to sit, do nothing at home
I disappear, turn off the phone
I lose myself, hide from the sun
I make a trip when I'm out of fun

I cut you in, come on let's go for a fall
I cut you in, and you ain't leavin' at all
I cut you in, don't let it go to your head
I cut you in, part time friend

I cut you in, come on let's go for a fall
I cut you in, and you ain't leavin' at all
I cut you in, don't let it go to your head
I cut you in, part time friend

I cut you in
I cut you in
I cut you in, don't let it go to your head
I cut you in, part time friend

My Song lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

She won't tell me lies
She want to see me smile, yeah
Every time you let it show
I didn't want to know
By the time I had lost my soul
You had to go

She come, in disguise
I want to say goodbye, yeah
Every time I let it show
You didn't want to know
By the time I had lost my soul
You had to go
You had to go

Love's strong, mine gone
Still have the time to sing my song
Love's strong, mine gone
Still have the time to sing my song
Still have the time to sing my song
Still have the time to sing my song

She got her own way
Same as yesterday, yeah
Every time you let it show
I didn't want to know
By the time I had sold my soul
You had to go
You had to go

Love's strong, mine gone
Still have the time to sing my song
Still have the time to sing my song
Love's strong, mine gone
Still have the time to sing my song
Still have the time to sing my song
Still not a crime to sing my song

Settling Down lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Though you're always on my mind
Found a sickness that was mine
Chose a life out on the run
All alone inside this game
Until I'm done

Sometimes I don't think I can trust myself no more

Seems I've failed you all my life
Youthful dreams you'd be my wife
Before I fall into the sun
If there never is again
You were the one

Sometimes I don't think I can trust myself no more
So I don't feel that I can love you anymore
On this settling down
Oh I better lay down and rest awhile
On this settling down
Oh I better lay down and rest awhile

Sometimes I don't think I can trust myself no more
And I don't know if I can love you anymore
On this settling down
Oh I better lay down and rest awhile
On this settling down
Oh I better lay down and rest awhile
And I say no

Breaks My Back lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Through windows by my bed
Miles away I rest my weary head
Next to you

No coldness in my eye
Cut the skin and take my sorry hide
Cover you
Make love with you

It bleeds upon my back
Strapped with silver tacks
Wish I'd loved you more
And never shut that door

The waves that run the shore
Wash away the stones of pain we bore
I tortured you

I tried to drown my hate
Underneath an ocean I still wait
Remembering you, always true

It bleeds upon my back
Strapped with silver tacks
Wish I'd loved you more
And never shut that door

Restitution day
All I have I give away
To be with you
If it breaks my back

Through windows by my bed
Miles away I rest my weary head
Next to you

Coldness in my eye
Cut the skin and take my sorry hide
Cover you
Make love with you

It bleeds upon my back
Strapped with silver tacks
Wish I'd loved you more
And never shut that door

Restitution day
All I have I give away
To be with you
If it breaks my back

Jesus Hands lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

If you ever torch your bridges
If you're ever past the starlight
If you're ever unassured
Forever you will burn
As you sleep unearthly grace
Lay Jesus hands upon your face
To this sea you've been shot down
Now find the shore, it can be found
Can be found
Can be found
If you ever crack your small mind
If you're ever much disturbed
If you ever reach the shore
Forever be your turn
As you sleep unearthly grace
Lay Jesus hands upon your face
To this sea you've been shot down
Now find the shore, it can be found
Can be found
Can be found

Devil By His Side lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Clear on the road tonight
Headlamps shine on the one-way signs
I try to clear my head
Of thoughts better left unsaid
Runnin' down an old elusive high
One more time
The wind upon my face
No one here for to block my way
I wake the setting sun
Bullet shot by a thoughtful gun
Runnin' down an old elusive high
Did I lose you
Oh friend of mine
Is it in your hardened heart to
Trust me one more time
See, I'm tryin' to shake that same
Devil from my side
Always watchin' me, yeah
Laughing while I cry
While I cry
Gunnin' down an old elusive high
One more time
Clear on the road tonight
Headlamps shine on the mileage signs
Not much further to go
I laugh and I'm almost home
Gunnin' down an old elusive high
Did I lose you
Oh friend of mine
Is it in your hardened heart to
Trust me one more time
See, I'm tryin' to shake that old
Devil from my side
Always taunting me, yeah
Laughing while I cry
While I cry
Runnin' down an old elusive high
One more time
One more time

Keep The Light On lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Haven't seen her, she hit the wall last night
Bumped his head low, a cause-effected fight
She says she ain't gonna take it no more
(golden ring around her finger)
But she won't ever set him free
(golden ring around his finger)
Come to find out, she'd been with someone else
So it's a bitch now, he sees it in himself
Long before we, teachers of our game
On a bent lord, it tends to get insane
She says she ain't gonna take it no more
(golden ring around her finger)
But she's not gonna set him free
He keeps the light on, prepare for war
Severed past gone, it's all the same today
Cannibalistic, eating themselves away
She says she ain't gonna take it no more
(golden ring around her finger)
But she's not gonna set him free
'Cause he keeps the light on, prepare for war
He keeps the light on, prepare for war
(golden ring around her finger)
He keeps the light on, prepare for war
(golden ring around his finger)
Fill me
Kill me

Satisfy lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

I would like to know
How you cage a bird aflight
Feathers bright
To show your might

Are you such a stone
Smile greasy, you pick my bones
Crawl inside
Have you no life

Hard times on the refugee
Keep a sidesteppin' over me
Not sure but you think you might
Can you see when there is no light

Tell me once again
That you'd like to be my friend
While we run
A race of one

Do you feel the same
My head hung high in shame
You install
A trophy wall

Hard times on the refugee
Keep a sidesteppin' over me
Not sure but you think you might
Can you see when there is no light

Please me
Satisfy
One request
Choose to live...

Hurt A Long Time lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

His hands are clenched
His knuckles white
He got a gun
And gave up the fight
When I found out
I couldn't even cry
Well I am now
And I'm tryin' to figure out why
I'll save it for you
You save me from me
And the hole in my head I can see
Tell her I love her
Tell the kids that I loved them
Oh, it's a bad dream
I've got only time
Yeah, it's a bad dream
I've got only time
You know it's a bad dream
I've got only time
I wish it was a bad dream
I wish it was a bad dream
'Cause it's gonna hurt a long time, yeah
He lies awake
With saddened eyes
Sleeping babies
Keeping him alive
I'll save it for you
You save me from me
And the hole in my head I can see
Tell her I love her
Tell the kids that I loved them
Oh, it's a bad dream
I've got only time
Yeah, it's a bad dream
I've got only time
You know it's just a bad dream
I've got only time
I wish it was a bad dream
I've got only time
I wish it was a bad dream
'Cause it's gonna hurt a long time, yeah

Between lyrics - Jerry Cantrell

Goin' to California, try and find my head
Gonna swim in the ocean until I'm dead
Let the infection spread

On my way to Texas, drive upon my ranch
Gonna take you fishin' up Big Branch
Well, now you're my catch

Somewhere in between the wrong and right
We fight
It's fair to say that in your eyes I'm wrong,
And in my mind that's alright

Somewhere in between the wrong and right
We fight
It's fair to say that in your eyes I'm wrong,
And in my mind that's alright

Off in New York City, good to see some friends
Scratched my nose upon a barette on her head
Laid up in a rental bed

Then back home to Seattle, fed the monkey man
I proceed to throw up all over my hand
Well, it ain't so bad

Somewhere in between the wrong and right
We fight
It's fair to say that in your eyes I'm wrong,
And in my mind...

Somewhere in between the wrong and right
We fight
It's fair to say that in your eyes I'm wrong,
And in my mind that's alright
That's alright
That's alright
That's alright