"Birth Ritual" as written by Chris Cornell, Matthew Cameron and Kim A. Thayil....
Lying like needles
On forest earth
Euphoric rush
Trees bend to pray for us
I'm sputtering
Like cold machines
Late for the birth ritual, ritual, ritual, ritual

You can drive my tail
To watch the circus
A birth ritual
A birth of idiots
Now I woke up blessed
And good strives for heartache
Marked for the death ritual, ritual, ritual

[Chorus]
As you start the song
And face this garden
I light a cigarette before the execution
Now you see your crime
For every miracle
Add another drug at every birth ritual

I took the drug
To make me stay
And now everything
Dies in shyness
The snake retreats
Admits defeat
And waits for the birth ritual, ritual, ritual

[Chorus]

Shining light
Child's highs
Mark his sides
Bright until the newness wears off

[Chorus]

Ritual,
Ritual,
Ritual


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"Birth Ritual" as written by Matthew Cameron Chris Cornell

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    General CommentI think this song might be about pagans calling on the natural world.
    Trashazonon January 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is kind of about mortality and how after birth, your whole life is leading towards your death no matter how long you try to make it or whatever you accomplish.

    Kind of like Pink Floyd talks about in the song "Time" or Iron Maiden in "The Clairvoyant"

    No matter what the lyrics mean, this song completely and absolutely rocks \m/
    Alice_in_Soundweezeron January 25, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI promise a reward to anyone who finds a coherent concrete meaning of this song!!! (and no generic interpretations like "sex", "drugs" or "free mind flow")
    aldeayeahon March 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is heavy, nasty, sick, etc...
    dave_rock716on December 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsorry mate but i am not getting much from this i think it may be a personal joke or personal phrase, i think he is talking about sex as a birth ritual and he is describing our culture in a disturbing way.
    i hate to say it but lines like
    'you can drive my tail'
    and
    'Euphoric rush', I'm sputtering
    it really suggests sex
    and then saying that we are just tools(Like cold machines) in reproduction when all that is going to happen to us is death
    'And good strives for heart ache
    Marked for the death ritual, ritual, ritual"
    it seems purposely clear as mud
    i don't think it is made for an easy or linear interpretation
    ThayilBeGodon December 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentquite hard to say what its about but it has some outrageous singing and the lyrics are awesome. cornell's voice is so high on this i knew hardly any of the lyrics until now!
    layne1012on December 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have just read the lyrincs for the first time even though Ive heard the song many times and man are the lyrics graphic.

    Yeah his voice is really high but it seems like that in most of soundgardens songs. Like he is screaming into the microphone but the actual strength of his voice is masked by the surrounding instruments.
    drew29on March 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI too have wondered what the f**k this song is about. I found this website with a detailed interpretation by another SG fan, and found it rather interesting (see below) geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Pit/2648/…
    Rocket_Queenon January 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I took the drug
    To make me stay
    And now everything
    Dies in shyness"

    I always thought this verse said:

    "I took the drug, to make me see,
    now everything is doubt and shadow"

    I kind of like that better
    stogieon July 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is incredible I wish I was was old enough to be around the grunge scene...sadly I have to be around for the shitty ass new alternative age I was barley born when this all was happening. Soundgarden was and still is awesome they should do a reunion show.
    Doomsday578on October 30, 2009   Link

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