History TearJerker / AliceInChains

19th Jul '17 10:31:04 AM Seeker588
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*** Even worse: Unlike Layne, who died from the long-term effects of heroin use, Demri died from "acute intoxication" according to her death certificate. Meaning that she might have survived if anyone had been paying attention.

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*** Even worse: Unlike Layne, who died from the long-term effects of heroin use, Demri died from "acute intoxication" according to her death certificate. Meaning that she might not have been at the point where her body would have rejected treatment, and she might have survived if anyone had been paying attention.
19th Jul '17 10:30:14 AM Seeker588
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*** Even harsher: Unlike Layne, who died from the long-term effects of heroin use, Demri died from "acute intoxication" according to her death certificate. Meaning that she might have survived if anyone had been paying attention.

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*** Even harsher: worse: Unlike Layne, who died from the long-term effects of heroin use, Demri died from "acute intoxication" according to her death certificate. Meaning that she might have survived if anyone had been paying attention.
19th Jul '17 10:28:53 AM Seeker588
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*Any of the songs Layne wrote about his relationship with his former fiancée, Demri Parrott.
**"God Smack" was the first of these. It's most likely about Demri becoming addicted to heroin and their addictions slowly driving her and Layne apart. Layne laments either Demri's or his own addiction (or more likely both) making them reject help from anyone who cares enough about them, possibly including each other, and heroin becoming more important in both of their lives than anything else. Including each other.
**"Nutshell" mentions it subtly. It was written around the same time that Layne and Demri broke up. The lines "No one to cry to / No place to call home", which are already extremely tearjerky, just get that little bit more depressing with this in mind.
**"Shame In You". In this song Layne calls Demri out on leaving him for what he thought were hypocritical reasons. Some fans have speculated it was down to habits stemming from their addictions, and others think it's likely both Layne and Demri had slept around at some time. Anyway, Layne tells Demri that she was wrong to blame him for something that she was equally guilty of, while acknowledging and regretting his own guilt. At the same time, he also seems to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy want her to heal from whatever it was that he did]], depending on how you interpret "My sins I'll claim / Give you back shed pain / Go find a place for our shame."
**"Sludge Factory" also makes a quick nod to Demri's failing health resulting from her drug addiction. On the Unplugged album, you really can hear pain in Layne's voice at "Now the body of one soul I adore wants to die". [[FridgeHorror Fridge Horror]] might set in when you remember the Unplugged album was recorded in July 1996, when Demri's health had ''really'' nosedived, leaving her on the edge of death. She died about three months after the Unplugged album was recorded.
**"Died" takes this [[UpToEleven Up To Eleven]]. After all of their struggles, the frustration, the blame, Layne still loved Demri, ''desperately'', and her death ''destroyed'' him. In the six years between Demri's death and Layne's, he never even began to get over her. It really does seem like it was Demri's death that pushed Layne over the edge, [[DespairEventHorizon taking away his last reason for wanting to live]]. What's even sadder is the parallels between Layne's death and Demri's death. Both of them (obviously) died from heroin use. Details around Demri's death are really vague, but the story that seems to fit with the report on her death certificate best says that she overdosed while in the back of her current boyfriend's car, while he nodded off on heroin inside a convenience store. It was apparently ''hours'' before anyone noticed something wrong, and by then it was too late. In their own ways, both Layne and Demri were abandoned before they died (Most people had almost forgotten Layne since he was so reclusive in his last years, and Demri was unwittingly left alone as she was dying by her boyfriend).
***Even harsher: Unlike Layne, who died from the long-term effects of heroin use, Demri died from "acute intoxication" according to her death certificate. Meaning that she might have survived if anyone had been paying attention.
23rd Jun '17 12:58:25 PM Yalsaris63
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* Also: "I Stay Away", "Angry Chair", and "No Excuses".

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* Also: "I Stay Away", "Angry Chair", and "No Excuses". But ''especially'' "Angry Chair", given how exactly Staley died, he was found slumped over and lifeless on his couch in his condo when police found him.
22nd Dec '16 2:27:17 PM MattBoo
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* "Junkhead" counts as both this and NightmareFuel, as it tells the story of a man who was once in rehab going back to his heroin addiction with rather disturbing and gloomy music to go along with it. It may also qualify as HarsherInHindsight, considering Layne Staley's death.
19th Jan '16 12:09:13 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* "Died" and "Get Born Again", the two final songs recorded with Staley before he died (and were not featured on any album), ''especially'' the former song. Read to the lyrics to it, and you can almost feel his pain. Keep in mind he died ''less than 4 years after it was recorded''. Also, read the aforementioned Wikipedia sections to hear how he looked during the recording. Oh, lord...

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* "Died" and "Get Born Again", the two final songs recorded with Staley before he died (and were not featured on any album), ''especially'' the former song. Read to the lyrics to it, and you can almost feel his pain. Keep in mind he died ''less than 4 years after it was recorded''. Also, read the aforementioned Wikipedia sections to hear how he looked His appearance during the recording. Oh, lord...recording was no less heartbreaking; his hair was long and unkempt, his figure was ghoulishly thin, his skin was sallow, his legs were so thin that they appeared to be atrophying, and he was completely edentulous. Despite this, they could clearly see that the smart, funny Layne that they knew and loved was still very much there. Even then, they were still shown reminders of just how close to gone he was; he spilled a bottle of root beer while nodding off on heroin, and after dicking around during the first day of recording, he suddenly announced that he had to go back to Seattle to attend his sister's wedding (which was proven to be bullshit, as the sister in question had been married over two months prior to the recording session; all parties suspected that he really just wanted to go and score some more drugs) only to be chastised by Cantrell; Layne's response was to revert to an almost childlike state that was akin to a little boy who had just been ordered to go to his room.
19th Sep '15 5:39:49 PM blockboy
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** Although, let's put it this way: Said song isn't the heaviest on the album ''Dirt'' - in fact, it could count as one of the acoustic ballads[[note]]In fact Rooster was originally going to be on Sap. The demo version on Music Bank was recorded during the Sap sessions.[[/note]] - and the subject is the guitarist's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam vet]] father, and it's still talking about him getting shot at, and all his friends getting gunned down or dying from malaria.

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** Although, let's put it this way: Said song isn't the heaviest on the album ''Dirt'' - in fact, it could count as one of the acoustic ballads[[note]]In fact Rooster "Rooster" was originally going to be on Sap. The demo version on Music Bank was recorded during the Sap sessions.[[/note]] - and the subject is the guitarist's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam vet]] father, and it's still talking about him getting shot at, and all his friends getting gunned down or dying from malaria.
19th Sep '15 5:39:23 PM blockboy
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** Although, let's put it this way: Said song isn't the heaviest on the album ''Dirt'' - in fact, it could count as one of the acoustic ballads[[note]] In fact Rooster was originally going to be on SAP. The demo version on Music Bank was recorded during the SAP sessions.[[/note]] - and the subject is the guitarist's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam vet]] father, and it's still talking about him getting shot at, and all his friends getting gunned down or dying from malaria.

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** Although, let's put it this way: Said song isn't the heaviest on the album ''Dirt'' - in fact, it could count as one of the acoustic ballads[[note]] In ballads[[note]]In fact Rooster was originally going to be on SAP. Sap. The demo version on Music Bank was recorded during the SAP Sap sessions.[[/note]] - and the subject is the guitarist's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam vet]] father, and it's still talking about him getting shot at, and all his friends getting gunned down or dying from malaria.
19th Sep '15 5:38:09 PM blockboy
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** Although, let's put it this way: Said song isn't the heaviest on the album ''Dirt'' - in fact, it could count as one of the acoustic ballads - and the subject is the guitarist's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam vet]] father, and it's still talking about him getting shot at, and all his friends getting gunned down or dying from malaria.

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** Although, let's put it this way: Said song isn't the heaviest on the album ''Dirt'' - in fact, it could count as one of the acoustic ballads ballads[[note]] In fact Rooster was originally going to be on SAP. The demo version on Music Bank was recorded during the SAP sessions.[[/note]] - and the subject is the guitarist's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam vet]] father, and it's still talking about him getting shot at, and all his friends getting gunned down or dying from malaria.
12th Sep '15 1:30:39 PM ConCass
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* "Would?" might be even more depressing than "Down in a Hole."

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* "Would?" might be even more depressing ([[LyricalDissonance lyrically]]) than "Down in a Hole."



** Although, let's put it this way: Said song might be the happiest on the album ''Dirt'', and the subject is the guitarist's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam vet]] father, and it's still talking about him getting shot at, and all his friends getting gunned down or dying from malaria.
* "Whale & Wasp," which has no lyrics -- but still manages to be... Depressing as hell.
* "Don't Follow," especially the part where Layne yells that he's scared to death, can be a real trigger. It's like listening to a best friend cry or something.
* "Hate to Feel," especially when you compare it to "Real Thing," which was about how much he wants his friends and family to back off about his addiction, even though he knows he needs help. "Hate to Feel" is basically a sequel, about how the heroin has taken over his life, and now he needs it because life is physically too painful without it.
* "Black Gives Way to Blue," which is about the late Layne Staley.
* Hell, you could say that the SelfTitledAlbum is all one big TearJerker -- being written by Layne Staley. With the exception of four songs, they are about how he's all alone with no one willing to help and him unwilling to accept help with his addiction. It's truly depressing stuff, but it gets worse. He didn't remember writing those songs, because he was high when he wrote them.
** Especially in the chorus of "Frogs," where Layne repeatedly asks: "Why's it have to be this way?", and the spoken word coda, where he looses such wonderfully hateful lines as "Off the wall I scrape you" and "Never gonna fuck with me again."
* "[[GriefSong Over Now]]."
* Also: "I Stay Away," "Angry Chair," and "No Excuses."
* The "Final Years" and "Death" sections of Layne Staley's Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layne_Staley page]] are ''incredibly'' depressing.

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** Although, let's put it this way: Said song might be isn't the happiest heaviest on the album ''Dirt'', ''Dirt'' - in fact, it could count as one of the acoustic ballads - and the subject is the guitarist's [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam vet]] father, and it's still talking about him getting shot at, and all his friends getting gunned down or dying from malaria.
* "Whale & Wasp," Wasp", which has no lyrics -- but still manages to be... Depressing as hell.
* "Don't Follow," Follow", especially the part where Layne yells that he's scared to death, can be a real trigger. It's like listening to a best friend cry or something.
* "Hate to Feel," Feel", especially when you compare it to "Real Thing," Thing", which was a story about how much he the protagonist wants his friends and family to back off about his addiction, even though he knows he needs help. Staley eventually becomes an addict in real life, making "Hate to Feel" is basically a sequel, about how the heroin has taken over his life, life and now he needs it because life is physically too painful without it.
* "Black Gives Way to Blue," Blue", which is about the late Layne Staley.
* Hell, you could say that the SelfTitledAlbum is all one big TearJerker -- being written by Layne Staley. With the exception of four three songs, they are about how he's all alone with no one willing to help and him unwilling to accept help with his addiction. It's truly depressing stuff, but it gets worse. He didn't remember writing those songs, because he was high when he wrote them.
** Especially in the chorus of "Frogs," "Frogs", where Layne repeatedly asks: "Why's it have to be this way?", and the spoken word coda, where he looses such wonderfully hateful lines as "Off the wall I scrape you" and "Never gonna fuck with me again."
* "[[GriefSong Over Now]]."
Now]]". Although written by Cantrell most likely about a relationship, the fact that a song by that title (with the lyrics "It's over now") is the ''last song on their last album'' gives it a very disturbing double meaning.
* Also: "I Stay Away," Away", "Angry Chair," Chair", and "No Excuses."
Excuses".
* The "Final Years" and "Death" sections of Layne Staley's Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layne_Staley page]] are ''incredibly'' depressing.easily one of the most tragic stories in rock music.



* "Died" and "Get Born Again," the two final songs recorded with Staley before he died, ''especially'' the former song. Read to the lyrics to it, and you can almost feel his pain. Keep in mind he died ''less than 4 years after it was recorded''. Also, read the aforementioned Wikipedia sections to hear how he looked during the recording. Oh, lord...

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* "Died" and "Get Born Again," Again", the two final songs recorded with Staley before he died, died (and were not featured on any album), ''especially'' the former song. Read to the lyrics to it, and you can almost feel his pain. Keep in mind he died ''less than 4 years after it was recorded''. Also, read the aforementioned Wikipedia sections to hear how he looked during the recording. Oh, lord...



* "Am I Inside" is a good candidate for the most depressing song ever written. The lyrics are about depression, self loathing, and hopelessness and the instrumentals are truly haunting.

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* "Am I Inside" is a good candidate for the most depressing song ever written. The lyrics are about depression, self loathing, and hopelessness and the instrumentals are truly haunting. And keep in mind, the only instruments are an ''acoustic guitar''.
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