Chip Away

Chip Away is a Jane’s Addiction song written in 1986.  It was one of the few songs that had not received a proper studio-based recording release.  That changed in 2009 when the original lineup of Jane’s Addiction recorded a studio version of this song, produced and recorded by Trent Reznor in his home studio located in Beverly Hills, CA.  The song was released for free as part of the 2009 NIN|JA tour sampler.

The first confirmed known recording of this song is taken from the January 26, 1987 concert at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, the same show where the original official recording came from.

Lyrics

I chip away
Cause I’m not okay
So I
I chip away
Poked a hole right into myself
And inside I found someone
Who said I was okay
Still I don’t feel easy

On this tree
Among the blossoms
Caustically
I am the thorn
Close my eyes to take up spare time
I wish I just
Could be where the crowd goes
Cause with the crowd
They must be going somewhere

Up from the catacombs
I ran into the angel again
He took the high road
And I took the low road
We both wore dirty faces
We both wore dirty faces

I don’t
I don’t
I don’t
Don’t feel easy
I don’t
I don’t
I don’t
Don’t feel easy
I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t….

Known Performances by Jane's Addiction: (180)

  • 1986/08/28 - West Hollywood, CA, Roxy Theatre, The
  • 1987/01/26 - West Hollywood, CA, Roxy Theatre, The
  • 1987/01/29 - Los Angeles, CA, King's Hall, University of Southern California
  • 1987/10/17 - San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
  • 1987/10/24 - Los Angeles, CA, Scream @ the Park Plaza Hotel
  • 1987/11/11 - Fairfax, VA, Student Union, George Mason University
  • 1987/12/05 - Irvine, CA, Bren Events Center, University of California Irvine
  • 1987/12/11 - Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
  • 1988/07/02 - Los Angeles, CA, Scream @ the Park Plaza Hotel
  • 1988/10/11 - Houston, TX, Xcess Club
  • 1988/10/15 - Nashville, TN, Cannery, The
  • 1988/10/22 - St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Landing
  • 1988/10/27 - Norfolk, VA, Boathouse, The
  • 1988/11/17 - Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
  • 1988/11/25 - Chicago, IL, Cabaret Metro
  • 1988/11/29 - Milwaukee, WI, Union Ballroom, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • 1988/12/07 - Cleveland, OH, Peabody's Down Under
  • 1988/12/14 - New York City, NY, Cat Club
  • 1988/12/31 - Los Angeles, CA, Embassy Hotel Theatre, The
  • 1989/01/14 - Houston, TX, Numbers, The
  • 1989/03/29 - Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
  • 1989/04/14 - Portland, OR, Starry Night
  • 1989/04/21 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, John Anson Ford Theatre
  • 1989/04/29 - Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, John Anson Ford Theatre
  • 1989/05/06 - Santa Barbara, CA, Harder Stadium, University of California Santa Barbara
  • 1989/05/08 - San Francisco, CA, Fillmore Auditorium
  • 1991/02/04 - Universal City, CA, Universal Amphitheatre
  • 1991/02/12 - Kansas City, KS, Memorial Hall
  • 1991/02/19 - St. Petersburg, FL, Bayfront Center
  • 1991/03/12 - Nottingham, England, Rock City
  • 1991/03/15 - London, England, Brixton Academy
  • 1991/04/24 - New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden
  • 1991/05/03 - Springfield, MA, Springfield Civic Center
  • 1991/05/07 - Pittsburgh, PA, AJ Palumbo Center
  • 1991/05/10 - Kalamazoo, MI, Wings Stadium
  • 1991/05/12 - Toledo, OH, Toledo Sports Arena
  • 1991/05/19 - St. Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • 1991/05/20 - Omaha, NE, Ak-Sar-Ben Field
  • 1991/05/30 - Sacramento, CA, Cal Expo Amphitheatre
  • 1991/07/24 - Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  • 1991/07/27 - Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 1991/08/01 - St. Paul, MN, Harriet Island
  • 1991/08/04 - Clarkston, MI, Pine Knob Music Theatre
  • 1991/08/14 - Stanhope, NJ, Waterloo Village
  • 1991/08/16 - Reston, VA, Lake Fairfax Park
  • 1991/08/18 - Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • 1991/09/26 - Honolulu, HI, Aloha Tower
  • 1997/10/23 - Los Angeles, CA, Grand Olympic Auditorium
  • 1997/10/30 - New York City, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom
  • 1997/10/31 - New York City, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom
  • 1997/11/03 - Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
  • 1997/11/04 - Detroit, MI, Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum
  • 1997/11/06 - New York City, NY, Rockefeller Center
  • 1997/11/07 - Waltham, MA, Gosman Center, Brandies University
  • 1997/11/10 - Philadelphia, PA, CoreStates Spectrum Theater
  • 1997/11/13 - Miami, FL, AT&T Bayfront Amphitheater
  • 1997/11/15 - Atlanta, GA, International Ballroom
  • 1997/11/17 - Houston, TX, Theater At Bayou Place
  • 1997/11/18 - Dallas, TX, Fair Park Coliseum
  • 1997/11/21 - Sacramento, CA, Memorial Auditorium
  • 1997/11/22 - San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Center
  • 1997/11/24 - Las Vegas, NV, Aladdin Theater
  • 1997/12/01 - Universal City, CA, Universal Amphitheatre
  • 1997/12/02 - San Diego, CA, Sports Arena
  • 1997/12/04 - Phoenix, AZ, Mesa Amphitheater
  • 1997/12/05 - Universal City, CA, Universal Amphitheatre
  • 1997/12/07 - Portland, OR, Rose Garden Theater
  • 1997/12/08 - Seattle, WA, Mercer Arena
  • 2001/04/26 - Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
  • 2001/04/28 - Indio, CA, Empire Polo Field
  • 2001/10/02 - Worcester, MA, Centrum Centre
  • 2001/10/03 - Philadelphia, PA, First Union Spectrum
  • 2001/10/05 - Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
  • 2001/10/08 - Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
  • 2001/10/09 - Gainesville, FL, O'Connell Center
  • 2001/10/12 - Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 2001/10/13 - Raleigh, NC, Alltel Pavilion
  • 2001/10/15 - New York City, NY, Madison Square Garden
  • 2001/10/16 - East Rutherford, NJ, Continental Airlines Arena
  • 2001/10/19 - Pittsburgh, PA, Mellon Arena
  • 2001/10/20 - Auburn Hills, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills, The
  • 2001/10/21 - Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
  • 2001/10/23 - St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
  • 2001/10/26 - Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 2001/10/28 - Chula Vista, CA, Coors Amphitheatre
  • 2001/10/31 - Denver, CO, Du Magness Arena
  • 2001/11/03 - Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum
  • 2001/11/04 - Portland, OR, Rose Garden Arena
  • 2001/11/05 - Boise, ID, Bank of America Center
  • 2001/11/07 - Seattle, WA, Stadium Exhibition Center
  • 2001/11/09 - Phoenix, AZ, Cricket Wireless Pavilion
  • 2001/11/10 - Las Vegas, NV, Joint, The @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • 2001/11/11 - Las Vegas, NV, Joint, The @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • 2002/07/18 - Las Vegas, NV, Rain In The Desert @ The Palm Resorts Casino
  • 2002/07/20 - San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre
  • 2002/08/19 - London, England, Kentish Town Forum
  • 2008/11/20 - Los Angeles, CA, El Cid
  • 2009/10/31 - New Orleans, LA, City Park
  • 2009/11/07 - San Paulo, Brazil, Characa do Jockey
  • 2010/02/23 - Sydney, Australia, Enmore Theatre
  • 2010/02/24 - Melbourne, Australia, Palace Theatre
  • 2010/06/11 - Madrid, Spain, Rock In Rio
  • 2010/07/02 - West Hollywood, CA, Roxy Theatre, The
  • 2010/12/31 - Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen
  • 2012/02/29 - Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theatre
  • 2012/03/02 - Albany, NY, Palace Theatre, The
  • 2012/03/03 - Portland, ME, State Theatre
  • 2012/03/04 - Huntington, NY, Paramount, The
  • 2012/03/06 - Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre
  • 2012/03/07 - Waterbury, CT, Palace Theatre
  • 2012/03/09 - Richmond, VA, National, The
  • 2012/03/10 - North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
  • 2012/03/13 - Atlanta, GA, Tebernacle, The
  • 2012/03/15 - Catoosa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • 2012/03/16 - Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
  • 2012/03/21 - Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Music Hall
  • 2012/03/23 - Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theater, The
  • 2012/03/24 - Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
  • 2012/04/08 - São Paulo, Brasil, Jockey Club
  • 2012/04/10 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Teatro Vorterix
  • 2012/05/05 - Memphis, TN, Tom Lee Park
  • 2012/05/07 - San Antonio, TX, Lila C Cockrell Theatre
  • 2012/05/09 - Houston, TX, Bayou City and Event Center
  • 2012/05/10 - Dallas, TX, McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
  • 2012/05/12 - Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall
  • 2012/05/15 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues
  • 2012/05/16 - Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
  • 2012/05/18 - Miami Beach, FL, The Fillmore Miami Beach
  • 2012/05/19 - Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • 2012/05/22 - Raleigh, NC, Memorial Auditorium
  • 2012/05/25 - Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
  • 2012/05/27 - Chillicothe, IL, Three Sisters Park
  • 2012/05/29 - Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
  • 2012/05/31 - Tuscon, AZ, Tuscon Music Hall
  • 2012/08/22 - Pittsburg, PA, Stage AE
  • 2012/08/23 - Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre - Murat Theatre
  • 2012/08/25 - Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theater
  • 2012/08/26 - Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
  • 2012/08/28 - Magna, UT, Great Salt Air, The
  • 2012/08/29 - Boise, ID, Idaho Botanical Gardens
  • 2012/08/31 - Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 2012/09/01 - Seattle, WA, Seattle Center
  • 2012/09/04 - Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
  • 2012/09/07 - Las Vegas, NV, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The - The Pool
  • 2012/09/08 - Dana Point, CA, Doheny State Beach
  • 2012/10/17 - Santa Cruz, CA, Civic Auditorium
  • 2012/10/18 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
  • 2012/10/20 - Davis, CA, Mondavi Center UC Davis
  • 2012/10/21 - Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
  • 2012/10/23 - Bakersfield, CA, Bakersfield Fox Theater
  • 2012/10/27 - Los Angeles, CA, Wiltern Theatre
  • 2012/12/28 - Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
  • 2012/12/29 - New York City, NY, Terminal 5
  • 2013/05/11 - Napa Valley, CA, Napa Expo, The
  • 2013/08/09 - Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion
  • 2013/08/18 - Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • 2013/08/27 - Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre
  • 2013/08/28 - Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
  • 2013/08/29 - The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • 2013/08/31 - Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
  • 2013/09/04 - Missoula, MT, Wilma Theatre
  • 2013/09/11 - Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 2013/09/13 - Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 2013/09/14 - Phoenix, AZ, Desert Sky Pavilion
  • 2013/09/15 - Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • 2013/09/17 - Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Casino
  • 2013/09/19 - North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, House of Blues
  • 2013/09/20 - Atlanta, GA, Piedmont Park
  • 2013/09/21 - Ft. Meyers, FL, JetBlue Park
  • 2013/10/13 - Buenos Aires, Argentina, Club Geba Sede San Martín
  • 2013/10/15 - Santiago, Chile, Caupolican Theatre
  • 2013/10/17 - Bogota, Columbia, Teatro Royal Canter
  • 2014/05/08 - Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
  • 2014/05/09 - Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
  • 2014/05/10 - Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl
  • 2014/08/20 - London, England, 02 Academy Brixton
  • 2014/08/21 - Manchester, England, 02 Apollo Manchester
  • 2014/08/24 - Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene
  • 2015/10/24 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
  • 2015/11/07 - Austin, TX, Auditorium Shores
  • Known Performances by Porno For Pyros: (3)

  • 1996/01/25 - Sydney, Australia, Rural Agricultural Showgrounds
  • 1996/01/26 - Sydney, Australia, Selina's Coogee Bay Hotel
  • 1996/02/04 - Perth, Australia, Oval
  • 3 thoughts on “Chip Away

    1. Hi,

      I do not get what you mean by: `The first confirmed known recording of this song is taken from the January 26, 1987 concert at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, the same show where the original official recording came from.’

      There is a video (for example on YT) of Chip Away being played on August 28, 1986 – The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA.
      Perhaps I am not interpreting `first confirmed known recording ‘ properly. Could you clarify this for me please?

      Thanks!

        • Thank you for the reply.
          I see what you mean. However, I agree with what is stated on the bottom of the tour date page of the August 28, 1986 show – this is `possibly a misdate of 8/20/86′.