Friday, May 19, 2017

Vale: Chris Cornell

Follow me into the desert
As thirsty as you are
Crack a smile and cut your mouth
And drown in alcohol
'Cause down below the truth is lying
Beneath the riverbed
So quench yourself and drink the water
That flows below her head

Oh no there she goes
Out in the sunshine the sun is mine
I shot my love today would you cry for me
I lost my head again would you lie for me
I left her in the sand just a burden in my hand
I lost my head again would you cry for me
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

"Burden in My Hand" by Soundgarden. Written by Chris Cornell.
Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Do you remember where you were when you first heard Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger album? I do. It was the day it was released, my 22nd birthday. A mate had bought it and insisted we listen to it. I will never forget the first time I heard the introduction to "Rusty Cage" and the scream of "Jesus Christ Pose". Holy crap, here was Seattle and it was bloody heavy as f@&k! Lighting up the senses!

From there came Superunknown and then Down on the Upside, which has my favourite Soundgarden song of all time, "Burden in My Hand" where Chris' vocals soar. And then into Audioslave, which was another assault. 

Chris Cornell's passing is a tragedy at the ridiculous age of 52. He had achieved so much but had so much time to do more. I'll never forget my 22nd birthday because of him, and now May 18 will always pass with the strains of "Burden in My Hand" being played in his memory.
Thanks for everything Chris. Rest in peace.

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