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River of Deceit
Mad Season Lyrics


My pain is self-chosen
At least, so the prophet says
I could either burn
Or cut off my pride and buy some time
A head full of lies is the weight, tied to my waist

The river of deceit pulls down, oh oh
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down

My pain is self-chosen
At least I believe it to be
I could either drown
Or pull off my skin and swim to shore
Now I can grow a beautiful shell for all to see

The river of deceit pulls down, yeah
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down

The pain is self-chosen, yeah
Our pain is self-chosen
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down

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Written by: BARRETT MARTIN, JOHN SAUNDERS, LAYNE STALEY, MIKE MCCREADY

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stormseun

My pain is self-chosen
At least, so the prophet says
I could either burn
Or cut off my pride and buy some time
A head full of lies is the weight, tied to my waist
The river of deceit pulls down, oh oh
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
My pain is self-chosen
At least I believe it to be
I could either drown
Or pull off my skin and swim to shore
Now I can grow a beautiful shell for all to see
The river of deceit pulls down, yeah
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
The pain is self-chosen, yeah
Our pain is self-chosen
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down



Julia M

A few years after I first heard this song, I read The Prophet by Khalil Gibran and realised this song was directly referring to this poem. It was such a revelation for me, as I read it, I could hear Layne’s words in my ears.

And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain.
And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

RIP Layne Staley, 20 years since you walked this Earth but your presence is still felt.



Apples Roses

My pain is self-chosen
At least, so the prophet says
I could either burn
Or cut off my pride and buy some time
A head full of lies is the weight, tied to my waist

The river of deceit pulls down, oh oh
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down

My pain is self-chosen
At least I believe it to be
I could either drown
Or pull off my skin and swim to shore
Now I can grow a beautiful shell for all to see

The river of deceit pulls down, yeah
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down

The pain is self-chosen, yeah
Our pain is self-chosen
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down



Steve Gant

My pain, is self-chosen
At least, so the prophet says
I could either burn, or cut off my pride and buy some time
A head full of lies is the weight, tied to my waist
The river of deceit pulls down, oh-oh
The only direction we flow is down
Down, all down
Down, all down
Down, all down
Down, all down
My pain, is self-chosen
At least, I believe it to be
I could either drown, or pull off my skin and swim to shore
Now I can grow a beautiful shell for all to see
The river of deceit pulls down, yeah
The only direction we flow is down
Down, all down
Down, all down
Down, all down
Down, all down
The pain is self-chosen, yeah
Our pain is self-chosen
Down, all down
Down, all down
Down, all down
Down, all down



korntheend

My pain is self-chosen
At least, so the prophet says
I could either burn
Or cut off my pride and buy some time
A head full of lies is the weight, tied to my waist
The river of deceit pulls down, oh oh
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
My pain is self-chosen
At least I believe it to be
I could either drown
Or pull off my skin and swim to shore
Now I can grow a beautiful shell for all to see
The river of deceit pulls down, yeah
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
The pain is self-chosen, yeah
Our pain is self-chosen
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down



Rokaya Taha

My pain is self-chosen
At least, so the prophet says
I could either burn
Or cut off my pride and buy some time
A head full of lies is the weight, tied to my waist
The river of deceit pulls down, oh oh
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
My pain is self-chosen
At least I believe it to be
I could either drown
Or pull off my skin and swim to shore
Now I can grow a beautiful shell for all to see
The river of deceit pulls down, yeah
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down



All comments from YouTube:

GRETZTRUMENTALS

It's a strange feeling to miss someone you've never met. What an angelic voice. Rest in peace Layne!

Diane Cross

RIP 🙏 🕊 ☮

Joel Fortenberry

Layne is surely missed. Help your friend through the tough times. If you don't have a friend make one. If you fail, try again. Someone could have been there for him. Rock on Layne

Tony Menestrina

@Michael De Leon l

Aaron Gaffney

much of the 90's was like this.. I am so grateful I got many tastes of it myself!!

Link Graham

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StevieB Bonafide

3 years & 10+ days no more opiates. Strength in knowing that I’m damaged & NOT broken. Much love & respect to ALL.🙌🏻✌🏻👊🏻

marko

Your a bonafide survivor, peace brother

Makaila

@Weedy P how lovely, thanks! :)

Weedy P

@Makaila I shall send a letter to our King to add your name to the new years 'honours' 😁 list and have you made an honourary Brit!
Arise Dame Makaila! 😂🇬🇧

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