"Rusty Cage" as written by and Cornell....
You wired me awake
And hit me with a hand of broken nails
You tied my lead and pulled my chain
To watch my blood begin to boil

But I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

Too cold to start a fire
I'm burning diesel, burning dinosaur bones
I'll take the river down to still waters
And ride a pack of dogs

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

When the forest burns along the road
Like God's eyes in my headlights
When the dogs are looking for their bones
And it's raining icepicks on your steel shore

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run


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"Rusty Cage" as written by Chris Cornell

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  • +4
    General CommentIt means that Johnny Cash is a bad-ass,
    smallwonderroboton April 12, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI don't think that any of you are getting it at all. Chris Cornell wrote Rusty Cage in 1992. Johnny Cash identified with the song for the same reason I do. Anyone who has ever been seriously addicted to anphetamines can relate. alot of people think that Rusty Cage is about revenge, but it is really about liberation. Johnny Cash liked it so much he decided to release a cover with Soundgardens permission.

    Johnny Cash spent most of his later career trying to bridge the gap between generational and cultural music styles. He was inducted into both the Country Music and Rock & Roll Hall's of Fame and also enjoyed Gosple, Blues, and Bluegrass. He was friends with Neil Young who I believe kicked off the Grunge era. Johnny Cash also released a cover of Nine Inch Nails "Hurt".
    Theresulton March 04, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is a soundgarden cover.... but it's cool
    crackermanon April 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentumm yes it is. It was originally soundgarden's.
    skizzynizzyon April 13, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love Soundgarden but as with so many other songs Cash has borrowed, he made this his own all the way. Thanks Johnny.
    Quothon September 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDisliking Cash doesn't necessarily mean you have bad taste. But it doesn't help. And people don't think he's a saint because he's no longer alive, the man was a musical icon, an immensely talented singer and songwriter
    tehmusicmanon July 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuhm.... this is interesting...... I wanna hear this song, can I get it off of WINmx? or something?

    I love the original, and would like to hear Johnny Cash's version it......

    this man is seriosuly an artist, to apply his own style to songs, in completely differnet genres the way he does is amazing....
    N0 C0DE 79on October 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinately a Soundgarden cover. No doubt about it. I would also love hear how Johnny Cash made this song his own. It just goes to prove there are no boundries in music. Many good songs in many different genres.
    Agreenmachineon April 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant cover.. huge soundgarden fan.. especially Badmotorfinger the album this song comes from but I honestly think this version is even better than the original!
    bharQon June 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman. i did not know JC did this. Only ever heard this by soundgarden, and not heard any others by them.
    Gonna have to get this.
    Avatar-rockon June 23, 2006   Link

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