"Doesn't Remind Me" as written by Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk, Tom Morello and Tim Commerford....
I walk the streets of Japan till I get lost
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything
With a graveyard tan carrying a cross
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything

I like studying faces in a parking lot
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything
I like driving backwards in the fog
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything

The things that I've loved the things that I've lost
The things I've held sacred that I've dropped
I won't lie nor more than you can bet
I don't want to learn what I'll need to forget

I like gypsy moths and radio talk
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything
I like gospel music and canned applause
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything

I like colorful clothing in the sun
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything
I like hammering nails and speaking in tongues
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything

The things that I've loved the things that I've lost
The things I've held sacred that I've dropped
I won't lie nor more than you can bet
I don't want to learn what I'll need to forget

Bend and shape me
I love the way you are
Slow and sweetly
Like never before
Calm and sleeping
We won't stir up the past
So discreetly
We won't look back

The things that I've loved the things that I've lost
The things I've held sacred that I've dropped
I won't lie nor more than you can bet
I don't want to learn what I'll need to forget

I like throwing my voice and breaking guitars
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything
I like playing in the sand what's mine is ours
Cause it doesn't remind me of anything


Lyrics submitted by TannerCKG, edited by gretel317

"Doesn't Remind Me" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Doesn't Remind Me song meanings
Add your thoughts

94 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    General CommentI love this part of the song.

    Bend and shape me
    I love the way you are
    Slow and sweetly
    Like never before
    Calm and sleeping
    We won’t stir up the past
    So descretely
    We won't look back

    Musically, this is probably my favorite song on the album..So many moods in one song, and as always, Mr. Cornell sounds absolutely wonderful... This song makes me wish for things that seem unlikely, maybe a little more discretion..
    xinniefulon May 26, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think it has a bit to do with depression..

    I have depression and the best thing to do is just do anything to keep your mind off of what ever is bothering you for me was money, bills, school grades, girlfriends, friend ect.. and i did anything to help me forget about my problems, like bass guitar, working overtime , but drinking was the most i did.

    but i def. feel this song.
    the_powerslaveon August 13, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is one of the best music videos ever. Period.
    RacketManon May 15, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe lyrics seem random but in truth there are very few things that don't remind us of something.

    The sing-song tone of this reflects a childlike idealism---he is desiring complete childlike simplicity, or a desire to go back to a time before the shit went down. I think it is this tone that makes the song so wrenching.

    The interlude/bridge lyrics refer to an idealized relationship---if-we-never-mention it-maybe-it-never-happened sort of thing. Again, a childlike and very unrealistic desire. I believe the speaker knows he can never have any of this, and the result of trying to repress everything becomes clear in the guitar explosion right after the bridge.

    The end of the song returns to the sing-songy, yearning tone of the earlier verses, and it feels like he is trying hard to believe in his delusion of "everything will be okay now, we just have to agree to forget." Kind of ominous....if his partner does remind him of something, does that mean the end? I think it does.
    Mendalusa77on June 26, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was just listening to this song, I mean really listening for the first time. I have to agree that this song is about forgetting the bad things from your past, and finding new things, things that won't remind you of the previous. Everyone can relate to this song in someway, I know I can especially. It's a strange effect the song has.. It's talking about not being reminded, yet I listen to this song, and it DOES remind me of everything..
    WTFWJDon August 06, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMan this song is going to be an instant classic. Really got that early 90s vibe going on it too
    muzacon August 14, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt took me a long time to realise what this song means, because I wasn't mature enough to get it when it came out. Now that I do it is the song that most perfectly describes what Ive gone through and the pain I feel.
    Of course its about forgetting painful memories by thinking of and doing random things, or small things you enjoy. That part I could relate to alot, but very specifically the line "I won't lie no more you can bet" blew me away. You see, in my younger days I was a compulsive liar. Telling others exactly what I thought would make them think I was cool. These lies were always revealed and I was humiliated on several occasions in this way.
    I made this mistake over and over. I suppose it was the lack of a mature consciesness that both drove me to this and shielded me from the stinging pain of the constant humiliation that was its result. But, now Ive grown up and I am constantly haunted by these painful memories of foolishness. I often try to think of anything else when these memories pop into my head and that, I think, is exactly what this song is about.
    I just want to move on now, butI suppose it was all worth it if it means I will be a better person in the future.
    FreddyJayLueon November 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningpersonally i find it equally, if not more offensive when non-religious/non-spiritual people sit there and bitch about "christians" pushing their views of religion on them, yet those same people sit right back and ridicule and try to push their lack-there-of religious views on others. its the same thing, actually its WORSE because of the extraordinary levels of hypocrisy these folks possess . you are free to have your opinions JUST as i am free to have mine as chris cornell is free to have his as your mom is free to have hers. difference is i wont judge you or ridicule for your views because they differ from mine. and i'm pretty sure chris cornell probably wont either.

    okay now that that is out of the fucking way..

    sorry to break it to the angry atheist andrews on here but chris cornell is very open about his spiritual beliefs and being a recovering drug addict/alcoholic. if anyone knows a lil about recovery it seems obvious what a whole bunch of audioslave songs are about. but only the writer truly knows. i believe the song is about basically getting outside of your mind for a lil while. doing something for another person instead of focusing on himself, enjoying the true beauty of the world, in the little things that many and most of us take for granted. and for a true addict/alcoholic.. to have a few minutes that you can separate you from yourself and get out of your mind for a lil bit is like a sanctuary.
    momopellion January 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorites!...I believe this about putting the past behind you and engaging in things that don't remind yourself of the past. I've heard people say these lyrics are random. I think this song is quite clear.
    mmbson May 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really doesnt remind me of anything!

    Has anyone gone seen their show's this tour?
    a7a8a9a1on October 24, 2005   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain