Alice In Chains – Man In The Box

“Man In The Box” is a song from Alice In Chains debut album Facelift released in 1990. Jerry Cantrell’s intention when creating the album was to convey the gloomy and brooding atmosphere of Seattle. it also was a statement on censorship, which as the video suggests, used animal cruelty as a metaphor for artists facing destructive limitations set by the media and a description of  Staley’s enslavement to drug addiction . “Man In The Box” was a signature song for the band that included a heavy grinding beat, Layne Staley’s growling voice that gave new musical meaning to dysfunction and Cantrell’s remarkable ability to combine hard rock and magnetic melody. Regardless of the intended meaning of the song, it is undoubtedly a study in darkness and despair. Co written by Staley and Cantrell, it is notable for its hypnotic opening in which Staley’s strained voice dances nervously with Cantrell’s heavy guitar riff and Sean Kinney’s pounding Zeppelinesque drum beat.

“I’m the man in the box
Buried in my shit
Won’t you come and save me

Feed my eyes, can you sew them shut?
Jesus Christ, deny your maker
He who tries, will be wasted
Feed my eyes now you’ve sewn them shut

I’m the dog who gets beat
Shove my nose in shit
Won’t you come and save me

Feed my eyes, can you sew them shut?
Jesus Christ, deny your maker
He who tries, will be wasted
Feed my eyes now you’ve sewn them shut.”