Jane Says is the eponymous song title for the band Jane’s Addiction. It was the band’s first song to hit the Alternative charts, peaking at number
Perry Farrell, the gregarious Godfather of Alternative, pretended to be a gay interior decorator to secure a spot living in a home in the Greater Los Angeles area. While there, he met Jane. Well, she left home and moved to LA to pursue her dreams. And Jane was sophisticated, in her own way. For one thing, she taught Perry to drink wine with cheese in the middle of the day. She obviously had an impact on Perry.
Jane was an addict. While aspects of her life were crushing, she never lost hope. Jane Says she’s going to do all these marvelous things, tomorrow. She stays positive about a future that would come, someday… Maybe her hope was vain. Maybe not. Perry lost contact with Jane and doesn’t know what ever became of her. Did she move to Spain? Whatever the outcome, Jane Says came to embody the wistful resilience of an addict. A hope both found and dulled by drugs and addiction. She embodied the euphoria and melancholy Perry and his friends felt. So they named their band after her.