Music Monday: Mad Season “River of Deceit” #MusicMonday #AlternativeRock #MadSeason #Grunge

Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.


Last week I shared:

Tool “Sober”

For this week, I’m bringing back a post from early 2017…

Mad Season

As a teen of the 90’s, grunge music became an escape. Some of my favorites included: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Screaming Trees, and Mad Season.

Mad Season formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994 by members of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. They released only one album titled Above which became one of my favorite grunge albums of all time. Things started falling apart not long after due to Layne Staley’s problems with substance abuse. Even though they attempted to mend the group again, the band crashed following the death of bassist John Baker Saunders in 1999. Layne Staley died three years later of a drug overdose.

Band members included: 

  • Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) – drums
  • Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) – lead guitar
  • John Baker Saunders (The Walkabouts)
  • Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) – vocals, rhythm guitar

Additional members

  • Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) – vocals
  • Skerik – saxophone, percussion
  • Chris Cornell – vocals
  • Duff McKagan – Bass

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The_Prophet_CoverThe lyrics of “River of Deceit” were inspired by a combination of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, and also Layne’s drug addiction which unfortunately led to his death on April 5, 2002.

“River of Deceit” and “Nutshell” speak deeply to me. “River of Deceit” can have different meanings to others, but to me it’s a reminder to be yourself and never let anyone tell you who to be…


“River Of Deceit”

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
The only direction we flow is 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
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down


The songs included on the album:

  1. Wake Up
  2. X-ray Mind
  3. River of Deceit
  4. I’m Above
  5. Artificial Red
  6. Lifeless Dead
  7. I Don’t Know Anything
  8. Long Gone Day
  9. November Hotel
  10. All Alone

2013 Edition Bonus Tracks:

  1. Interlude
  2. Locomotive
  3. Black Book of Fear
  4. Slip Away
  5. I Don’t Want to Be a Soldier by John Lennon

The 2013 Edition also included a Disc 2 which contained 11 songs from  Live at the Moore.

Mad Season

Thanks for checking out Music Monday. Hope you all have a wonderful week.

❤ Mischenko

13 thoughts on “Music Monday: Mad Season “River of Deceit” #MusicMonday #AlternativeRock #MadSeason #Grunge

  1. starjustin

    I can easily see, by listening to the lyrics and watching the video, how you could connect with many of the grunge music of the 90’s.
    I think, to be yourself is good, but also, if you need to make a choice, to take the path of survival. But I guess survival can also mean more than one choice for some.
    Thx for sharing! 🎵

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