"Cochise" as written by Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford....
Well, I've been watching
While you've been coughing
I've been drinking life
While you've been nauseous
And so I drink to health
While you kill yourself
And I've got just one thing
That I can offer

Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me
Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me, yeah

I'm not a martyr
I'm not a prophet
And I won't preach to you
But here's a caution
You better understand
That I won't hold your hand
But if it helps you mend
Then I won't stop it

Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me
Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me
Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me
Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me, yeah

Drown, if you want
And I'll see you at the bottom
Where you crawl
On my skin
And put the blame on me
So you don't feel a thing

Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me
Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me
Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me
Go on and save yourself
And take it out on me, yeah


Lyrics submitted by Degradation Trip, edited by ScottyAye

"Cochise" as written by Chris Cornell Brad Wilk

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    General CommentThe song was named Cochise because of the native american indian person because of the riff. The guitarist said he thought this was a suitable name because of the energy of the song as a whole.

    However, I don't think the lyrics have anything to do with American Indians.
    GuitarBoyon May 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about teletubbies because thats the only logical thing it could be about i mean come on people get a brain
    soundgardenon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow I posted on here like 2 years ago. for any curious guitarists, its in standard tuning and for the intro he has a slap-back delay and is simply slapping the strings with his playing hand repeatedly. Look for the video on Letterman. He does the same thing in "Without a Face" on Evil Empire (RATM).
    Gorillaninja2k5 got the title. The band was interviewed on Fuse's Uranium ..and Chris explained the meaning of the song.
    "Independent from the name, It's sort of about seeing people and you're life - when I say 'you' the singer is sort of like the narrator, and I don't always consider that guy to be me. Although I was in the video *laughs*. Seeing people in their lives just kind of meander into older age and not really growing, not becoming uh who they could be, and then they get bummed out about it. It's kind of...sometimes it's a mid-life crisis, sometimes it's like a mid-youth crisis, and, and, and the singer is like saying "See ya", and cutting the ties with that cause the singer is going off into a new world."
    blind_rockstaron February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCochise (c. 1812–June 9, 1874) was a chief of one of the bands of the Chiricahua Apache and the leader of an uprising that began in 1861. Cochise was a chief of central Chiricahua in the southwestern United States. Cochise was the most famous Apache leader to resist intrusions by whites during the 19th century.
    rockadeimison July 12, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningThis songs intro starts with a thunderstorm like rattle. This is before the storm happens. when the guitar riff kicks in thats when the storm has happend. the lyrics are written from a 3rd person perpective either being Cochise or God. The lyrics are bascilly saying i've been watching you commint crimes and be doing things you shouldnt be, you are killing yourself. from the perpective ( God or Cochise) is telling his people to save them selfs and to not blame it on him. But it's only you who can save yourself. Also in the ending he is saying " Drown if you will", reffering to death; die if you will or save yourself
    audioslave100on May 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rocks! i fucking love audioslave, and chris cornell has one of the best voices i've ever heard. this song always makes my night. anyways, that's what i think...
    xpankfrisston March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics here arent right , i dont think the song really has much deep meaning though anyway, it just rocks!
    joeytheboyon March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere need to be more audioslave lyrics posted. great song, great band, the best guitarist
    sean7711on March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a wonderful song, chris cornell has the best voice i think i've ever heard
    Rae171717on March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm but what does it mean? someone is going to blame him for their addiction or something
    rae_94on March 06, 2003   Link

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