"Gasoline" as written by Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford....
House is haunted
I just want to go for a ride
Out and on
Before I set this room alight
Left alone forever and for crimes unclear
With my patience gone
Someone take me far from here

Burning that gasoline

New day yawning another day of solitaire
House is honest
Clearly more than I bear
Drag me off
Before I set my world on fire
Out and gone the sun will never
Set tonight

Burning that gasoline

No what for's, only a can
Of red says danger on it
I have found another way
Burning that gasoline

Burning that gasoline

Lyrics submitted by pyledrvr, edited by shodoka

"Gasoline" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

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    General CommentThe lyrics in the inlay of the album actually say,
    "House is haunted,
    I just want to go for a ride
    Out and on
    Before i set this room alight"

    To me this song is about escaping from reality - 'burning that gasoline' to get as far away from it as he can in his car... Chris Cornell is deep isnt he?
    heavens_mistakeon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with heavens_mistake. This song is about escaping from the drudgery of everday life and it's problems. As to the idea about Chris' car, I wouldn't take his lyrics literally. Cornell is reknowned for his use of similes and abstract ideas. See his work with Soundgarden. Gasoline could mean anything.
    Amphetachronismon March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA song of retribution. Unjustly imprisoned either physically or mentally. A song of escape but not before he cleanses the old world of the wrong it has brought on him. Burning the past away literally.
    TPB1960on June 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both the above comments. Its like breaking away from melancoly everyday life. I really like the line "house is haunted", i feel like that sometimes when i am stuck at home with nothing to do. I guess this song can be analysed on a few different levels though. Cornell is a deep bloke, it could mean just about anything.
    AiR7oNon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow yeah thats a great way of looking at it ppl, I always agreed with your thoughts of escaping drudgery of everyday life, but I thought it was by committing arson (!), he talks about setting "the room" and "my world" alight. But I think when he says, "I have found another way", and talks about being taken "far from here" I think you're right, he is giong to use the gasoline to drive himself away from this.

    I especially love the line "the sun will never set tonight"... as if he is going to chase the sunset and never let the day end, presumably by changing his monotonous existence.

    Chris Cornell's life = monotonous?

    SFy65B2G5rKbzps5acdHwQe6on September 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning of this song has already been mentioned above but I just wanted to give my props up to this song. My fave song on the album! Geez Chris Cornells voice is amazing!!
    normanoon October 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy take on it, might not be right, but it sounds like a person who has not done much in their life, and all their resent and anger and energy are building up inside. When the person finally breaks, they feel like they need someone to take them away because they just want to electrify their life and everything around them. Like burning gasoline.
    neongreen44on January 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsome of you seem a little ill-informed about the context in which this song is written for.

    it relates directly to Chris Cornell's childhood.

    He suffered from a severe case of depression during his teenage years, leaving the house rarely. At one point, he spent a whole year without leaving his house, during which time he would play drums and guitar.

    this song is saying about how he grew to hate his depression and hated the house which it trapped it inside of - therefore it became a haunted house for him. he grew impatient of his depression and insecurity, and just wanted to get the hell out of there, basically.

    "New day yawning
    Another day in solitaire
    Houses honest
    Clearly more than i can bare
    Drag me off
    Before i set my world on fire
    Out and gone
    The sun will never set tonight

    Cornell appears to have written other songs about this time in his life as well, such as "Rusty Cage" and "Doesn't Remind Me".

    but this song totally rocks out!
    JoNNieS Kon May 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlol to the poster who said chris cornell has an awesome voice, hes good, but he sounds pretty bad live, cant hit those notes like he does on the cd :) this song could mean different things to different ppl, but it is definitely about getting away from something, which is why he uses burning that gasoline...right now i can relate this song to my gf cause shes having major issues at home and yesterday she just had to leave her house and said she had to just "drive" , wasn't sure where to, but just had to drive to get away from the house cause she didnt want to be in it...my 2 cents ;)
    nykspree8on July 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCC is amazing.
    I gotta agree with what everyone's getting at. To me, I always saw it as he wants to get away from where ever he is...he wanted to burn this place to get rid of it, but instead used the gasoline to drive far away.
    I also like what nykspree8 said. Sometimes driving without a destination releases a lot of anger, I dunno why.
    Great guitar throughout.
    jaded20on August 16, 2006   Link

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