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No Excuses - Alice in Chains

No Excuses

Jar of Flies
Grunge rock 90s Alice in Chains alternative


"No Excuses" is the lead single off American grunge band Alice in Chains's second EP, Jar of Flies (1994). The song's sound (and that of the entire EP) is a departure from some of the band's better-known, heavier work. Jerry Cantrell's subtle guitar riffs built around suspended chords (as well as Sean Kinney's soft, syncopated drumming) help lend an unusually airy feel to the song. It was written by Jerry Cantrell about his unstable relationship with band vocalist Layne Staley. "No Excuses" found moderate airplay on alternative rock radio and is considered a grunge staple. Although Alice in Chains fared well on mainstream rock radio, "No Excuses" is the only Alice in Chains top 50 song and their only song to hit number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. The music video for "No Excuses" was released in 1994 and was directed by Matt Mahurin, who had previously directed the "Angry Chair" music video for the band. The video features actor Max Perlich.


Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who then recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley. Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. The band took its name from Staley's previous group, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains. Show more ...

No Excuses - Alice in Chains

It's alright
There comes a time
Got no patience
To search for peace of mind

Laying' low
Want to take it slow
No more hiding
Or disguising truths I've sold

Everyday
Something hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself
No excuses that I know

It's okay
Had a bad day
Hands are bruised from
Breaking rocks all day

Drained and blue
I bleed for you
You think it's funny
Well you're drowning in it too

Everyday
Something hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself
No excuses that I know

Yeah, it's fine
We'll walk down the line
Leave our rain
A cold trade for warm sunshine

You're my friend
I will defend
And if we change
Well I love you anyway

Everyday
Something hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself
No excuses that I know



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