"A Looking in View" is a song by Alice in Chains, featured on their fourth studio album Black Gives Way to Blue (2009). It was released as the lead single from the album on June 30, 2009, marking it as the band's first single since the previous decade. The song was the band's first release with vocalist William DuVall, who replaced the band's original vocalist, Layne Staley. Clocking in at a length of seven minutes and six seconds, it is the longest song Alice in Chains has released as a single.
The song basically speaks to any number of things that keep you balled up inside. A cell of our own making with an unlocked door that we choose to remain in. Focusing our attention inward instead of reaching out to a much larger world. I think this is common to us all. It's funny how hard we fight to hang on to a bone we can't pull through a hole in the fence, or how difficult it is to put down the bag of bricks and move on.
On June 30, 2009, "A Looking in View" was released as the first single from the album and as of mid-August it has peaked at number 12 on the BillboardHot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, at number 38 on the BillboardHot Alternative Rock Tracks chart, and at number 27 on the BillboardRock Songs chart. It was made available for a limited time as a free download through the official Alice in Chains website in early July. It is also available for purchase through the iTunes music store and Amazon.com.