I’m the man in the box
Buried in my shit

Won’t you come and save me?
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
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

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

Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by Liqwd10shn

Man in the Box Lyrics as written by Layne Staley Jerry Cantrell

Lyrics © DistroKid, BMG Rights Management

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General Comment This song is Layne’s prayer, important to note that he said he was very wasted when he wrote it.

I’m the man in the box Burried in my shit –

He is comparing himself to animals who lives their life in a box and can never get out unless it is to die. Animals like this are buried in there own shit, raised in a box, not seeing anything in the world but what their fed (Pretty obvious from the video).

He is calling himself the man in the box because of his drug additions. To quote him, “I’m not using drugs to get high like many people think. I know I made a big mistake when I started using this shit. It’s a very difficult thing to explain. My liver is not functioning, and I’m throwing up all the time and shitting my pants. The pain is more than you can handle. It’s the worst pain in the world. Dope sick hurts the entire body.”

He is bound by his addition just like animals are confined to their box.

This is where his prayer starts…

Won’t you come and save me, save me – you is referring to God or anyone that can help

At this point in the song it is important to note that his prayer continues only with what he sings…

Feed my eyes — This is his way of desperately pleading “please God give me hope, something to look forward to in life, some sort of light, something I can see, something I can live for.

Can you sew them shut — Asking layne if he can take all the hope away – sung by a different person because it represents a different person or thing like the drug.

Jesus Christ — Proof that he is crying out to his God for help.

deny your maker — The drug or the addiction is telling him that God cannot save him. (once again not his voice singing or part of his prayer)

He who tries — (this is no longer part of his prayer) He listened to the voice that told him to deny his maker and realized that in the past the millions of times that his has tried to stop using his drugs he has failed. He is thinking about what will happen if he tries to stop using the drug and then the voice or the drug says… will be wasted

will be wasted — he chose the word wasted to represent when people use drug they are “getting wasted”

Feed my eyes now — means the same thing as before, but as you will notice when you listen to the song he is no longer crying out the same. He is crying out with less passion, he is giving up and giving into the drug addiction thus the drug (which rules his life) then tells him

Now you’ve sewn them shut — The drug makes Layne feel like shit for giving into the drug again. His eyes are sewn shut because at this point he has lost all hope.

I’m the dog who gets beat — he compares himself to a hopeless animal who is in pain again
Shove my nose in shit — talking about the addition again.JohnHale6 on February 01, 2010 Link

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