"Hypnotize" as written by and Chris/commerford Cornell....
Well if you set your mind upon it
I know that you can
You've got everything you wanted
You've done everything you planned
So let me make an offer
I'm only trying to help
You can make your load
Just a little lighter
All you got to do is share the wealth

Oh no don't you keep your
Good luck to yourself
Oh no don't you keep your
Good luck to yourself

Well I know you got problems
I see it in your eyes
But if you want to live
To see the morning
Give it up to your brother
Or you'll get a surprise

Oh no don't you keep your
Good luck to yourself
Oh no don't you keep your
Good luck to yourself

Well, it's time to see
You got to give or you're gonna receive
It's time to see
You got live if you want to believe

Oh no don't you keep your
Good luck to yourself
Oh no don't you keep your
Good luck to yourself


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"Hypnotize" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

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  • +2
    General CommentI don't think it's about loan sharks. Audioslave probably have some sort of socialist principles, (being formed from remnants of Rage) and this is a very socialist song. "Sharing the wealth" is what it's all about. The singer presents himself as trying to help the person who has amassed this personal wealth, that would be better spent on fellow human beings. It is a warning against those who are greedy and have huge excess while living in proximity to those who have almost nothing. Probably not without relation, Audiosalve were the first U.S. band to play a rock concert in Cuba.
    hastalavictoriaon December 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe backround hypnotized me into this song and the lyrics are powerful enough to do the same i don't dare to interpret but i like the song.
    ryang11r0yon April 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou cant criticize a song based on lyrics that are incorrect beyond reason. Here are the correct lyrics from sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Hypnotize-lyrics-Audioslave/… With one correction made by me.
    Well if you set your mind upon it
    I know that you can
    You've got everything you wanted
    You've done everything you planned
    So let me make an offer
    I'm only trying to help
    You can make your load
    Just a little lighter
    All you got to do is share the wealth

    [Chorus]
    Oh no don't you keep your
    Good luck to yourself
    Oh no don't you keep your
    Good luck to yourself

    Well I know you got problems
    I see it in your eyes
    But if you want to live
    To see the morning
    Give it up to your brother
    Or you'll get a surprise

    [Chorus]
    {Break}

    Well, it's time to see
    You got to give or you're gonna receive
    It's time to see
    You got to give if you wanna believe
    (Correct Lyrics) You won't breathe
    (Original Lyrics from the page) You can be

    [Chorus]
    Oh no don't you keep your
    Good luck to yourself
    Topchrison December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about loan sharks. A man borrows some money from a loan shark, makes more money with it, and now the loan shark wants his money back. If that doesn't happen, the loan shark is going to kill him.
    Topchrison December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe reason I don't think you are correct hastlavictoria is because of these lyrics:

    "But if you want to live
    To see the morning
    Give it up to your brother
    Or you'll get a surprise"

    He's basically saying "Spread the wealth or I'll kill you". Anyone Amoral enough to kill someone over money isn't going to spend that same money on his fellow human beings. Look at Robin Hood, he stole from the rich too but he didn't kill anybody.
    Topchrison March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about showing kindness to others. In the chorus, it says, "Oh no don't you keep your good luck to yourself." Which sounds like if you're lucky enough to live well, share some of it with others that may not have it.
    Ra....on March 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is prolly my favorite by Audioslave...atm...

    tom morrello can do some crazy things on that guitar of his, but beyond that Chris Cornell and his own backup vocals give the song that hypnotizing feeling. Truly a great song if there ever was one.
    gmazcaon July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would have to agree that this song is about sharing your good luck/wealth (not to be greedy...), the lyrics aren't their best.
    But, with that said, this song is amazing musically and vocally. Drums, bass, and guitar are all great here. And I love the Cornell low voice with his own high backing vocals; reminds me of some of his SG like 4th of July.
    jaded20on August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is consistent with the spiritual bent of most of Cornell's lyrics. To paraphrase the Bible, Jesus says "...to the extent that you have done things for the least of my brothers, you have done so for me..". I think Chris is speaking from the viewpoint of Jesus Christ (though not in a sacrilegious sort of way). He is admonishing those who attempt to horde wealth, just as Jesus did in his parable of the man who died before he could enjoy his riches. From a socio-political perspective, I think he is referring to the inbalance of wealth and power between the wetsern world (particularly G7 nations) and the lesser developed countries. Domestically, he could be referring to the disparity between nonminorities (..whites) and minorities (..blacks).
    vadersongon August 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know there's always religious connotations to Cornell's lyrics, but this one strikes me as being one of his more or less straightforward songs. I think it's not so much about greed or capitalism, but more about a person's power to do good, especially when put alongside some of the other songs on the album (we're thinking of "What You Are", "I Am the Highway", "The Last Remaiing Light" and "Light My Way" here). I was playing the CD on shuffle today and those four songs and this one all came up together, so I think there's something of a theme running across them about a person choosing to do decent things or being forced to do them.

    It's especially noticeable in these lines:
    "All you got to do is share the wealth."
    Which I read as choosing to do something decent ...

    "But if you want to live to see the morning."
    ... Or you can have no choice in the matter and be forced into it.
    The Serene Manon October 16, 2006   Link

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