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Chris Cornell - Top 25

R.I.P. Chris Cornell - Top 25

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Dedicated to the late/great Chris Cornell, who passed away yesterday of an apparent suicide.  Here's my personal favorite Top 25 songs from a true legend of the Seattle music scene:

 

#25 - Blow Up The Outside World - Soundgarden 

 

"Nothing seems to kill me no matter how hard I try..."

 

#24 - I Am The Highway - Audioslave

 

"Pearls and swine bereft of me

Long and weary my road has been
I was lost in the cities
Alone in the hills
No sorrow or pity for leaving I feel
I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky
Friends and liars don't wait for me
I'll get on all by myself
I put millions of miles
Under my heels
And still too close to you
I feel
I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind
I am the lightning
I am not your autumn moon
I am the night
The night"
 
 

#23 - Head Down - Soundgarden

 

#22 - Cochise - Audioslave

 

#21 - Flower - Soundgarden

 

#20 - Pretty Noose - Soundgarden

 

#19 - Room A Thousand Years Wide - Soundgarden

 

 

#18 - Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden

 

"Would it pain you more to walk on water
Than to wear a crown of thorns?
It wouldn't pain me more to bury you rich
Than to bury you poor

In the Jesus Christ pose
(Poor) in the Jesus Christ pose"

 

#17 - Burden In My Hand - Soundgarden

 

"Close your eyes and bow your head
I need a little sympathy
'Cause fear is strong and love's for everyone
Who isn't me
So kill your health and kill yourself
And kill everything you love
And if you live you can fall to pieces
And suffer with my ghost
Just a burden in my hand
Just an anchor on my heart
Just a tumor in my head
And I'm in the dark

So follow me into the desert
As desperate as you are
Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
And all the little pigs have God"

 

#16 - 4th of July - Soundgarden

"Pale in the flare light
The scared light cracks and disappears
And leads the scorched ones here
And everywhere no one cares
The fire is spreading
And no one wants to speak about it
Down in the hole
Jesus tries to crack a smile
Beneath another shovel load

'Cause I heard it in the wind
And I saw it in the sky
And I thought it was the end
And I thought it was the fourth of July"

 

#15 - Gun - Soundgarden

"Kick kick kick till the laws are broken
Kick kick kick till the boots are worn
Hit hit hit till the truth is spoken
Hit hit hit till the truth is born"

 

#14 - Show Me How To Live - Audioslave

 

 

 #13 - Like A Stone - Audioslave

"On a cobweb afternoon

In a room full of emptiness
By a freeway I confess
I was lost in the pages
Of a book full of death
Reading how we'll die alone
And if we're good, we'll lay to rest
Anywhere we want to go
In your house I long to be
Room by room patiently
I'll wait for you there
Like a stone
I'll wait for you there
Alone
On my deathbed I will pray
To the gods and the angels
Like a pagan to anyone
Who will take me to heaven
To a place I recall
I was there so long ago
The sky was bruised
The wine was bled
And there you led me on
In your house I long to be
Room by room patiently
I'll wait for you there
Like a stone
I'll wait for you there
Alone
Alone
And on I read
Until the day was gone
And I sat in regret
Of all the things I've done
For all that I've blessed
And all that I've wronged
In dreams until my death
I will wander on
In your house I long to be
Room by room patiently
I'll wait for you there
Like a stone
I'll wait for you there
Alone"
 
 

#12 - Outshined - Soundgarden

 

#11 - Let Me Drown - Soundgarden

 

 

#10 - My Wave - Soundgarden

"Don't come over here
And piss on my gate
Save it just keep it off my wave"

 

#9 - The Day I Tried to Live - Soundgarden

 

"Words you say, never seem
To live up to the ones inside your head
The lives we make never seem
To ever get us anywhere but dead

The day I tried to live
I wallowed in the blood and mud
With all the other pigs, hey

Singing one more time around
(Might do it)
One more time around
(Might make it)

One more time around
(Might do it)
One more time around
(I might make it)
The day I tried to live, yeah, I tried

I woke the same as any other day you know
I should have stayed in bed
The day I tried to win I wallowed
In the blood and mud with all the other pigs

And I learned that I was a liar
(One more time around)

Singing one more time around
(Might do it)
One more time around
(Might make it)

One more time around
(Might do it)
One more time around
(I might make it)
The day I tried to live

Just like you
Just like you
One more time around
One more time around"

 

#8 - Fresh Tendrils - Soundgarden

 

"Long time coming
It seemed to take me through
Long time coming
Many served the few
And long to taste the shame
That bows down before you

Long time coming
It seemed to get me by
Long time coming
It seemed to satisfy
You longed to taste the shame
That everybody tries

Shame shame
Throw yourself away
Give me little bits of more than I can take
If it sits upon your tongue Or naked in your eyes
Give me little bits of More than I can try

Throw yourself away
Throw yourself away

Long time coming
It seemed to take me through
Long time coming
Many served the few
And long to taste the shame
That bows down before you

Yeah

Shame shame
Throw yourself away
Give me little bits of More than I can take
If it sits upon your tongueOr naked in your eyes
Give me little bits of More than I can try

Long time coming, long time coming"

 

#7 - Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden

 

"So what you wanted to see good
Has made you blind
And what you wanted to be yours
Has made it mine

Don't you lock up something
That you wanted to see fly
Hands are for shaking
No, not tying, no, not tying

I sure don't mind a change
I sure don't mind a change
Yeah, I sure don't mind, sure don't mind a change
I sure don't mind a change

'Cause I fell on black days
I fell on black days"

 

#6 - Spoonman - Soundgarden

 

#5 - Rusty Cage - Soundgarden

"You wired me awake
And hit me with a hand of broken nails
You tied my lead and pulled my chain
To watch my blood begin t boil

But I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

Yeah I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

Too cold to start a fire
I'm burning diesel burning dinosaur bones
I'll take the river down to still water and ride a pack of dogs

But I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

Hit like a Phillips head into my brain
It's gonna be too dark to sleep again
Cutting my teeth on bars and rusty chains
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

When the forest burns along the road
Like God's eyes in my headlights
When the dogs are looking for their bones
And it's raining ice picks on your steel shore

I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run"

 

#4 - Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

 

"In my eyes, indisposed
In disguises no one knows
Hides the face, lies the snake
The sun in my disgrace
Boiling heat, summer stench
'Neath the black the sky looks dead
Call my name through the cream
And I'll hear you scream again

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come (won't you come)

Stuttering, cold and damp
Steal the warm wind tired friend
Times are gone for honest men
And sometimes far too long for snakes
In my shoes, a walking sleep
And my youth I pray to keep
Heaven sent hell away
No one sings like you anymore

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come"

 

#3 - Superunknown - Soundgarden

 

"If this isn't what you see
It doesn't make you blind
Yea, if this doesn't make you feel
It doesn't mean you've died

Where the river's high
Where the river's high

If you don't want to be seen
Well you don't have to hide
And if you don't want to believe
Well you don't have to try to feel alive, yea

Alive in the superunknown
Alive in the superunknown
Alive in the superunknown
First it steals your mind and then it steals your

If this doesn't make you free
It doesn't mean you're tied
If this doesn't take you down
It doesn't mean you're high

If this doesn't make you smile
Yea, you don't have to cry
If this isn't making sense
Yea, it doesn't make it lies, oh

Alive in the superunknown
Alive in the superunknown
Alive in the superunknown
First it steals your mind and then it steals your soul, oh

Get yourself afraid
Get yourself alone
Get yourself contained
Get yourself control, control
Yeah, oh, yeah
Oh, oh

First it steals your mind and then it steals your
First it steals your mind and then it steals your
First it steals your mind and then it steals your soul"

 

 

 

#2 - Say Hello 2 Heaven - Temple of the Dog

 

"Please, mother mercy
Take me from this place
And the long winded curses
I keep hearing in my head
Words never listen
And teachers never learn
Now I´m warm from the candle
But I feel too cold to burn
He came from an island
And he died from the street
He hurt so bad like a soul breaking
But he never said nothing to me
So say hello to heaven
New like a baby
Lost like a prayer
The sky was your playground
But the cold ground was your bed
Poor stargazer
She´s got no tears in her eyes
Smooth like whisper
She knows that love heals all wounds with time
Now it seems like too much love
Is never enough, you better seek out
Another road ´cause this one has
Ended abrupt..."

 

#1 - Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog

 

"I don't mind stealing bread

From the mouth of decadence
But I can't feed on the powerless
When my cup's already over-filled
But it's on the table.
The fire's cooking.
And they're farming babies
While the slaves are all working.
Blood is on the table.
The mouths are choking
And I'm going hungry
I'm going hungry"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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