"What You Are" as written by and Chris/commerford Cornell....
And when you wanted me I came to you
And when you wanted someone else
I withdrew
And when you asked for a light I set myself on fire
And if I go far away I know
You'll find another slave

'Cause now I'm free from what you want
Now I'm free from what you need
Now I'm free from what you are

And when you wanted blood I cut my veins
And when you wanted love I bled myself again
Now that I've had my fill of you
I'll give you up forever
And here I go far away
I know you'll find another slave

'Cause now I'm free from what you want
Now I'm free from what you need
Now I'm free from what you are, yeah

Then a vision came to me
When you came along
I gave you everything
But then you wanted more

'Cause now I'm free from what you want
Now I'm free from what you need
Now I'm free from what you are, yeah

Now I'm free from what you are
Now I'm free from what you need
Now I'm free from what you are


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"What You Are" as written by Christopher J. Cornell Timothy Commerford

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  • +2
    General CommentAfter going through a divorce, this song's meaning became abundantly clear to me.
    matt102092on March 20, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, this is one of the most straightforward songs Chris Cornell has ever written.
    Thunderbolton April 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And when you asked for light
    I set myself on fire"
    -One of my favourite lyrics of all time... It is so beautiful and... Whoa...
    I absolutely love this song! I can't tell you how much Chris Cornell has affected me! When I hear his voice I am in another world! Love him! :D:D:D
    evilcornflakeson July 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti dated a girl who would lie to my friends and lie to me about the relationship and i did everything for her and she'd always mention how happy she was. she never seemed to want alone time, had me buy her things, had me take her places, and had me do everything for her and in the end after six months got the "i feel like we're just friends". i found out the lies after everything and realized her breaking up with me although she used the hell out of me, drained my wallet, drained my life, drained my gas,drained my friends, and just drained me in every single way and when i stopped doing things for her she dumped me. i was pissed off i had to find out that way, but it freed me...i'm free from that bitch for good. this song is pretty much the "fuck you" to whoever he was seeing...
    x32543on January 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreatest song of all time bare none.
    urwellkeenon December 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think these lyrics literally scream about a narcissist. No matter what he does for the narcicisst it's not enough. And as soon as he is gone he will be replaced by another victim of the need for narcissistic supply. A slave. Once that slave is found he is free. This is my current anthem and hits incredibly close to home. Now I'm free of what you are! Great song.
    Slick_Slack42on July 01, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh wow. i found a good song for a talk if i were to give one for my youth group because its talking about being yourself to one way and not being yourself for another. I like it! this could so work.
    ryang11r0yon April 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see this song being about a guy who was in a one sided relationship with a girl. he would do ANYTHING for her, only to get nothing in return. Nothing he did was ever good enough, she always wanted more. He was basically a "slave" to her. He realizes this now and is over her and can "give her up forever." She will just have to find another slave. Awesome band, awesome song.
    Stoneyon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnly 3 comments!! I love this song.
    Philadelphia Eagleson June 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Cornells former band and not a relationship with a girl. I think he is talking about being free from that band and he is now able to write and truely express himself as he wants.
    wickdmonkeyon October 01, 2004   Link

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