Got Me Wrong

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"Got Me Wrong"
Single by Alice in Chains
from the album Sap
Released February 1992
Recorded November 1991
Genre Grunge, alternative rock
Length 4:12
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Jerry Cantrell
Producer(s) Dave Jerden, Rick Parashar, Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains singles chronology
"Don't Follow"
"Got Me Wrong"
"Don't Follow"
"Got Me Wrong"
Sap track listing
(Track 1)
"Got Me Wrong"
(Track 2)
"Right Turn"
(Track 3)

"Got Me Wrong" is a largely acoustic single by the American rock band Alice in Chains. The studio version was first featured on the band's EP Sap (1992). A slightly different version of the song also appeared on the soundtrack to the 1994 independent comedy film Clerks, and is played when the character Randal first appears in the movie.


In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, guitarist Jerry Cantrell said of the song:

That's about a girl I was dating in between one of the times I broke up with my true love. A lot of times you'll tell someone how you don't want to be in a relationship and why, and what kind of person you are, and they hear all that but think that they can change you. That's what the song's about, getting me wrong and the different ways that men and women see each other.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

"Got Me Wrong" was released as a single in 1994, after its appearance in Clerks. "Got Me Wrong" peaked at number seven on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[2][3] and at number 22 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[4][3] Both the studio version and the version from Unplugged received significant airplay.

Ned Raggett of Allmusic said that the song "went a long way towards showing how Alice in Chains could work as effectively at low(er) volume as at high" and that "it's almost one of the warmest and most inspiring things the band had yet recorded — musically, at least."[5]

The song continues to get significant airplay on Sirius XM radio's grunge station, Lithium.

Live performances[edit]

Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who wrote the song, also performed it with Stone Temple Pilots on one occasion. Alice in Chains performed an acoustic version of "Got Me Wrong" for its appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1996 and the song was included on the Unplugged live album and home video release. The performance from MTV Unplugged can also be found on Nothing Safe: Best of the Box.

In recent performances without Staley, Cantrell sings lead vocals on the whole song, as opposed to just the choruses. In addition, Staley's replacement, William DuVall, plays the guitar solos throughout the whole song.

Cover versions[edit]

This song was covered by the post-grunge band Theory of a Deadman as a b-side for their "Santa Monica" single. A jazz version of the song appears on the pianist Brad Mehldau's 2012 album, Where Do You Start.


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
US Mainstream Rock Tracks[2][3] 7
US Modern Rock Tracks[4][3] 22


  1. ^ Liner notes, Music Bank box set. 1999.
  2. ^ a b "Alice in Chains | Chart History. Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. March 4, 1995. Retrieved April 9, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sap - Alice in Chains | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 20, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Alice in Chains | Chart History. Alternative Songs". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. January 14, 1995. Retrieved April 9, 2018. 
  5. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Got Me Wrong". Allmusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 27, 2009.