"#1 Zero" as written by Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Tom Morello....
Listen now, let me speak
I will be the dog at your feet
And come along when you call
Be the little bird in your straw and sing you a song
I'll be there to take the fall
Though you tread upon me for no reason at all

When just when you think you've left me blind
Well, I'll need to
Yeah, I will keep you in the corner of my eye
The corner of my eye

I will never leave your side
But you call me your number one zero
Your never mind
I'll be your king, I'll be your pawn
I will build a pedestal and put you upon it

Oh baby just when you think you've left me blind
I'll be creeping up behind
'Cause baby if I need to
I will keep you in the corner of my eye

Down on the street, over your night
Out of your sleep, out of your sight
If I need to, if I need to
Out of your mouth, in every word
Down in your ego one thing is sure
I will keep you, I will keep you

Oh just when you think you've left me blind
I will be creeping right up behind
'Cause baby if I need to
Lord, I will keep you in the corner of my eye
Corner of my eye
I will be the bird in your straw
But you won't get far
I will keep you in the corner of my eye


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"#1 Zero" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

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  • +4
    General CommentI agree with darkness that the song is about someone who is being controlled by the one they love, and even though he loves her, he doesn't completely trust her. So, he will keep her in the corner of his eye and watch her.
    peeweehartmanon May 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the person in this song wants somebody that is so high above him that he would do anything to have her. he would "be her pawn."

    "Out of your mouth, in every word
    Down in your ego one thing is sure
    I will keep you, I will keep you"

    Regardless of what she does or how much she treds upon him for no reason at all he would stay by her side... if he could only get her...
    onezeroon July 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is awesome.

    I agree with darkness and peeweehartman.

    Maybe although she treats him like nothing and he doesn't trust her, he'll keep her.
    1989Son August 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI wouldn't say he is completely at her mercy, it certainly seems he has control of what happens w/ her and knows everything she does, basically like a stalker obsessed with his prey.
    JLynn943on March 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile this isnt my favourite song on the album, i do enjoy listening to it. i think it is about someone who is being controled by the one that they love. they do anything for the person and are just ignored or trodden uppon
    darkness_reaperon May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen you actually listen to whats being sung, this is a pretty depressing song lol. Someone keeps treating him like he is nothing, but he'd do anything for them. The bit where the song goes heavy seems to be a bit of a retaliation to the person. He's saying that he wont let the person forget that he's there because it wouldn't be fair to him. Thats what it means to me anyways. Have a good one all
    AiR7oNon July 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song and I love the way Chris sounds here.
    1989Son February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you guys aren't giving the singer enough credit in this song. Yes he is the "dog" at the feet of someone (presumably a woman) who abuses him despite his loyalty, it seems he has alterior motives. "Just when you think you've left me blind, I will be creeping right up behind" - he knows he's being underestimated and labeled a lap dog, but he has been keeping an eye on her, and when the time is right (when she least expects it) he will come out of nowhere and turn the tables, taking advantage of her instead to get whatever it is he wants.

    At least, that's what I got out of it. Great song, great album.
    metzoron September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy view

    Hes telling this girl that he Loves that she'll never get rid of him

    even though she treats him like dirt, it don't matter to him, hes always gonna be there. And he wants her to know he is whatever she chooses, Her King or her pawn, The Dog at her feet or a bird singing her a song.

    And she may think that she has gotten rid of him, but he has her in the corner of his eye and he won't lose her.
    wreckofyou33on December 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy view again

    The person the singer loves is treating him like shit because she doesn't want to be with him anymore, so she trying to get rid of him and move on.

    So now he telling her no matter how you treat me im always gonna be here for you, She can't get rid of him.

    "Down on the street, over your night
    Out of your sleep, out of your sight
    if I need to, if I need to
    Out of your mouth, in every word
    Down in your ego one thing is sure
    I will keep you, I will keep you"

    and I feel on this part
    Hes making sure she knows
    He gonna Keep Her.

    damn this is a stalker song and One of my Favorite songs.
    wreckofyou33on December 08, 2006   Link

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