Shuffle Song Of The Day (12/12/18): “River Of Deceit” By Mad Season

“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.


Shuffle Songs Of The Day Spotify Playlisthttps://open.spotify.com/user/uktsrm7377738r178iaacxnjz/playlist/5zEvXmKpS7QJmK1jDsf45c?si=qIT6OWrjQhmYeGd3GXttVA


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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