“River Of Deceit” is a song by the Seattle rock supergroup Mad Season off of their only album Above, which was released in 1995. This song served as the lead single for the album, and remains the most known song by the band. As I said before, the group was a supergroup because every member was part of a different well-known band at the time. Mad Season was made up of vocalist Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), and bassist John Baker Saunders (The Walkabouts). In typical grunge fashion, the song comes across as pretty depressing and it’s meaning could be applied to a number of different things. However, to me this song is strangely uplifting. I take the lyrics to definitely be talking about drug addiction and depression, which is then being compared to a downward flowing river that you’ve entered and are now stuck in. You can either give up and keep flowing along in this river, only getting worse and worse, or you can fight it and try to swim to shore. Although some of the issues attached to depression and whatnot might be out of your control, there are still a lot of things that you can control and are responsible for. That’s what I think Layne is hinting at when he says “My pain is self chosen”. So if you’re flowing down the river of deceit, don’t be a pussy and stop swimming until you drown. Instead, swim to shore and lay in the sun on the beach or something.
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