"Your Time Has Come" as written by Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Tom Morello....
Now one fell asleep in the street
And he never woke up
And now one died in pieces
Whose been with a mouthful of ghosts
And one threatening long ago I saw him
Melt in the bright of day
And one laid to rest in the field
On the stories and crawled, hey

I've been walking the sideways
I've stared straight into the sun
Still, I don't know why you're dying
Long before your time has come
Your time has come

Now one took some bullets to the chest and the field gone wrong
One got a little too depressed then he went and jumped the gun
One got shot right in the face and he somehow survived
But he doesn't know my name or who I am
And I'm not surprised, hey

I've been wandering sideways
I've stared straight into the sun
Still, I don't know why you're dying
Long before your time has come

Yeah I've been wandering sideways
I've stared straight into the sun
Still I don't know why you're dying
Long before your time has come
Your time has come, hey

I've seen fifty thousand names all engraved on a stone
Most of them, met 'em at a grave years before I was born
All of them left brothers and sisters and mothers behind
And most of their family and friends are alive
Every time

I've been wandering sideways
I've stared straight into the sun
And I don't know why you're dying
Long before your time has come

Yeah I've been wandering sideways
I've stared straight into the sun
And I don't know why you're dying
Long before your time has come
Your time has come


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"Your Time Has Come" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

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    General CommentI agree with ed_vedder, I think this song is about people dying at a young age.
    The first verse could be about a homeless person who dies for obvious reasons. The next verse could be about a drug deal gone wrong and one person got shot, a person commiting suicide, and someone else surviving a gun shot but not remembering anything so they're life is essentially gone anyway. I think the 50,000 names engraved in stone are about war.
    As for, "Most of their family and friends are still alive and doing time" could be about the family and friends still mourning their loss.

    That's my two cents anyway.
    KyoMakinoon May 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAudioslaves 2nd single off of "Out of Exile"
    TannerCKGon May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. Sorry, this reminds me of something that could've been off the Down on the Upside album, replacing Tom's mad guitar skills for Kim's more mellow guitar.

    As for the 50,000 names etched in stone, that could easily be the Vietnam Memorial wall in D.C. since 58,000 died in Vietnam War. It could be any war memorial though. I don't know, I kinda think it's clever, but I like it whenever music puts historical facts in their music.
    oneiros lykoson May 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, that line reminded me of the wall for the Vietnam Memorial...the rest of that verse kinda makes it sound like people going off to war.
    blind_rockstaron May 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is clearly about people dying at an early age, not necessarily at war, but everywhere. The only part I dont understand is the part where Chris sings

    And most of their family and friends are still alive and doing time

    Why the doing time bit???? any one understand that?
    ed_vedder100on May 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah those interpetations sound good..
    blind_rockstaron May 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Song is about suicide...I think
    or else I could go with ed_vedder's Meaning
    Big-Mikeyon June 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentoh yes im the first with the low down:
    VH1.com: Audioslave: Chris Cornell Salutes Lost Loved Ones On New Audioslave Single
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    Your Time Has Come was inspired by '80s song "People Who Died," an emotional salute to the casualties of New York drug culture written by poet and singer Jim Carroll.
    CHRIS CORNELL: "It's a bunch of references to people that I knew that ... were younger than me who've been dead for years and years, up to a couple of years ago. And then just kind of that juxtaposition of, even though it seems a lot for one person, a young healthy person, to have lost all these friends through various means of stupidity and other things, then making reference to the Vietnam War Memorial and the sheer numbers of dead. And remembering that and pointing out that each one of them has a family, each one of them has friends that are sitting around thinking about the same stuff that I did. But the numbers are astounding and, in a sense, kind of criminal. And that's what the song's about."
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    So there you have it! Hey we were right about the the Wall. Peace.
    blind_rockstaron June 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow, I so didn't think I was right about the Vietnam Memorial.

    You have no idea how happy that just made me. haha. I'm such a loser.
    oneiros lykoson June 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah, dis song is about dying before ur time as in dying of natural causes. if u read properly, most of the deaths are somehow caused by people and therefore not natural.

    whatever it is the solo here kills! gd at ya Tom!
    shiftcrapon June 09, 2005   Link

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