Layne Staley – A tribute to Down in a hole

On the 5th anniversary since Layne left this world, I wanted to post up one of my favorite songs of theirs in remembrance for one of the greatest voices that ever graced a recording. RIP Layne Staley your wings are no longer denied….

Bury Me Softly In This Womb
I Give This Part Of Me For You
Sand Rains Down And Here I Sit
Holding Rare Flowers
In A Tomb…..In Bloom

Down In A Hole And I Don’t Know
If I Can Be Saved
See My Heart I Decorate It
Like A Grave
You Don’t Understand Who They
Thought I Was Supposed To Be
Look At Me Now A Man
Who Won’t Let Himself Be

Down In A Hole, Losin’ My Soul
Down In A Hole, Losin’ Control
I’d Like To Fly
But My Wings Have Been So Denied

Down In A Hole And They’ve Put All
The Stones In Their Place
I’ve Eaten The Sun So My Tongue
Has Been Burned Of The Taste
I Have Been Guilty
Of Kicking Myself In The Teeth
I Will Speak No More
Of My Feelings Beneath

Oh I Want To Be Inside Of You

Down In A Hole, Losin’ My Soul
Down In A Hole, Feelin’ So Small
Down In A Hole, Losin’ My Soul
Down In A Hole, Out Of Control

I’d Like To Fly
But My Wings Have Been So Denied

Layne Staley in Quotes.

A lot of power-pop comes out of LA, a lot of speed metal comes out of New York.

Andrew Wood’s death changed things for a few weeks. I probably got even heavier into drugs after that.

At home I’m just a guy who has interests that extend far beyond music.

Being me is no different than being most anyone else, I guess.

Drugs are not the way to the light. They won’t lead to a fairy-tale life, they lead to suffering.

Drugs will have a huge effect on my work for the rest of my life, whether I’m using or not.

Every article I see is dope this, junkie that, whiskey this – that ain’t my title.

I don’t do much else but stay in my hotel room.

I don’t take part in it the way I used to-the bimbos, the free beers, free drugs, all that. That’s still there if you want it, but I don’t really seek that out any more.

I don’t think any drug that can cause brain damage, failing kidneys, hardening arteries, pain, and suffering should be made available.

I found out through the Internet that I have AIDS. I learned that I was dead. Where else would I find these things?

I guess I can go anywhere I want. If only I knew where to go.

I haven’t read anything but regurgitated rumors. Nothing new, and nothing true.

I sing like a lark.

I started out when I was about 12, playing drums. I started singing when I was about 15.

I was in a band when I was 15. We were a glam band. Then I couldn’t afford to buy makeup. At the time that was the thing.

I wish I could just hug you all, but I’m not gonna.

I’ve always looked for the perfect life to step into.

I’ve always looked for the perfect life to step into. I’ve taken all the paths to get where I wanted.But no matter where I go, I still come home me.

It was all about music, about getting your friends to come and see you play. I don’t see that same intimacy happening very much today.

Kurt and I weren’t the closest of friends, but I knew him well enough to be devastated by his death. For such a quiet person, he was so excited about having a child.

Los Angeles, I don’t like that town. Too decadent, and it’s slimy.

Music is the career I’m lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions.

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing, photography, and writing.

My bad habits aren’t my title. My strengths and my talent are my title.

My bed isn’t made, I’m tired, I haven’t slept well for two weeks. I haven’t been laid in a month. I don’t have a girlfriend. I have a warrant for my arrest.

One of the first bands to break out of Seattle was Heart.

Our perception of songs that we’ve written… the meaning changes from day to day… to whatever stage we’re at in our life and careers.

People have a right to ask questions and dig deep when you’re hurting people and things around you.

The songs are about things that we were thinking and we wrote ’em down, and when you listen to ’em, whatever you think it’s about… THAT’S what its about

There are lasting consequences for using drugs. I’ll still be paying for my prior use.

There were a lot of drugs. We kinda just passed the time that way. For a couple of years we were all doin’ anything we could get our hands on.

There’s no huge, deep message in any of the songs. We recorded a few months of being human.

We started this band as kids, and as time has gone on, we’ve grown and are learning to accommodate each others’ differences.

We survived a Slayer crowd every night for about 50 days and thought we could do about anything after that.

We try to be real nice and friendly to people, but sometimes they take advantage of that.

We write about ourselves because we know about ourselves.

Whatever dramas are going on in my life, I always find that place inside my head where I see myself as the cleanest, tallest, strongest, wisest person that I can be.

When everyone goes home, you’re stuck with yourself.

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