"Wide Awake" as written by Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Tom Morello....
You can look a hurricane right in the eye
Twelve hundred people dead or left to die
Follow the leaders
Were it an eye for an eye
We'd all be blind, deaf or murdered
This I'm sure
In this uncertain time

So come pull a sheet over my eyes
So I can sleep tonight
Despite what I've seen today
I find you guilty of the crime
Of sleeping in a time when you should have been wide awake

Down on the road the world is floating by
The poor and undefended left behind
While you're somewhere trading lives for oil
As if the whole world were blind

So come pull a sheet over my eyes
So I can sleep tonight
Despite what I've seen today
I've found you guilty of the crime
Of sleeping in a time when you should have been wide awake
Come pull this sheet over my eyes
So I can sleep tonight
Despite what I've seen today

I found you guilty of the crime
Of sleeping in a time when you should have been wide awake

Wide awake
Wide awake
Wide awake
Wide awake


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"Wide Awake" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

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  • +3
    General Comment"The poor and undefended left behind
    While you're somewhere trading lives for oil
    As if the whole world were blind"

    Talking about how the President was still sending troops to Iraq while there are people dieing in America from a disaster. The President should be more concerd about his peoples health and not leaving them to die instead of fighting a "trading lives for oil"(War In Iraq)
    As if the hole world were blind, Meaning Bush thinks no one nos what hes doing and thinks hes justified doing what hes doing

    peace!
    ZDLR my idol!on September 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is such a great song...the best one on the album along with "Sound of a Gun", and maybe "Original Fire"....

    To sum it all up: Bush is an asshole. A very big asshole. You don't normally get assholes as big as him.

    It's pretty obvious it's about Katrina, and the "I found you guilty of a crime" line is a very fine moment indeed...

    Don't let the political lyrics overtake the actual song, as it's equally strong...
    ElderOblivionon September 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs I listen to this song more and more, the thing that has me hooked on this song is Cornell's voice on the verses. It sounds so accusing, so disgusted with what has happened.
    Runningace18on October 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst comment (no, I have no idea why I got the song early). There's something really haunting about this song. Its definately political, but it isn't as in your face as a Rage song would have been about this.

    Its supposed to be about Hurricane Katrina.
    Aeneason August 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinately about Bush Government in general and the Hurricane incidents...

    Its my favorite song of the new album (not because of its contents) - but it has a similar dark theme like "Like a Stone" from the first album
    Harakirion August 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpretty obviously condemns the incompetence and hypocrisy of the bush administration.

    "I find you guilty of a crime
    of sleeping at a time
    when you should have been wide awake"

    it's basically saying how the administration chose to neglect it's own people when they were most in need....... meanwhile continued to focus solely on their operations in the middle east.
    JoNNieS Kon September 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey didn't "make him" do shit...

    Cornell wrote this on his own accord...and who could blame him?

    The mishandling of the hurricane relief and preparation was one of the most idiotic moves, well, ever...
    ElderOblivionon September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is beautiful!! I love it!
    1989Son August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the chorous of this song.

    And the lyrics stand out as well, this is Audioslaves most political song yet... a well written piece about government inaction post-katrina, claiming that people were left to die.
    Runningace18on September 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree strongly with what these lyrics are saying.

    The connection to the war in Iraq is this. A poor sub-America has formed and while Bush talks so strongly about defending these rights for people across the country, he is denying them to people who actually live in the US.
    Runningace18on September 11, 2006   Link

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