"Moth" as written by Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Tom Morello....
Thought I was different, it seems I'm just the same
As again I put my hand over the flame
I thought I was smarter as I flew into the sun
But it turned out the way it does with everyone

I don't fly around your fire anymore
I don't fly around your fire anymore
Burned and fallen down so many times before
I don't fly around your fire anymore

I love the heat, I love the things that I forgot
I love the strings that tied me down and cut me off
I was a king, I was a moth with painted wings made of cloth
When did the flame burn so high and get so hot?

[Repeat: x3]
I don't fly around your fire anymore
I don't fly around your fire anymore
Burned and fallen down so many times before
I don't fly around, fly around
Fly around

Fly around

Lyrics submitted by ColdenScence

"Moth" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

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    My InterpretationI take two meanings from this song. It's a very great song and so powerful- wish I could thank them for doing it.

    1.) Overcoming Addiction - The moth is attracted to the flame, but the flame would obviously kill it. "When did the flame burn so high and get so hot" is a point in drug/alcohol/other addictions when it stops becoming fun to get high anymore, and you feel the addiction, whatever it is, starting to take hold of you and kill you. He sings "I love(d) the heat I love(d) the things that I forgot," meaning the addiction was used as an escape from whatever led him to that addiction. The power of this song, and what I find gratifying is that it speaks to that point where you know you've beaten the addiction. The chords have a power and a resolve after the deep grittiness that makes you feel like they were climbing a mountain in the song and finally reached the top.

    2.) Overcoming Someone rather than Something - I think the song could have a dual meaning to. The lyric "I don't fly around YOUR fire anymore" seems to personalize it. He could be singing to some inanimate object, but these lyrics seem to personify it a bit and bring it to life. The addiction was a person, not a thing. Who is it that was getting the best of him? Now he is free. He doesn't feed their ego anymore, and really, that person was just an escape from his problems. He never truly loved the person that got the best of him. But now that he's stronger, he doesn't have to keep getting burned like "so many times before. I don't fly around your fire anymore."

    What an amazing, empowering song for someone going through tough times!
    vsG734on September 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA couple corrections, if I may...

    "I won't fly around your fire anymore
    I don't fly around your fire anymore
    Burned and fallen down so many times before
    I don't fly around your fire anymore"


    "As again I put my hand over the flame"

    That said, this is an awesome song, probably one of my favorites along with Jewel Of The Summertime. Cool chorus.
    omgwuton September 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"m" is completly clear in "game" and of course the meaning. it couldn't be "again". and the others i think correct too.
    ColdenScenceon September 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^Agreed.

    Could be about being stuck on an object/person that only hurts us and just moving on away from it.. Reminds me of What You Are.
    1989Son September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best song on the whole Album(which isn't nearly as good as their others). Thank god they put this track on the CD otherwise I would have completely thought that Audioslave was done making their usual great songs. Does anyone think that parts of this song sound more like soundgarden?
    Grungehead217on September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is kinda SG-ish... its an awesome song.... The album was dissapointing, but there are some great songs on it...
    This is a song many people could relate to.. I mean, its a great metaphor.. You get hurt by someone/something.. and you don't want it to go near it.. however, the song makes it seem like this is the second time he's done this.. (as once again I put my ahnd over the flame)
    Thats my idea... awesome song, probably my favorite on the album..
    Cubeon September 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile most Audioslave lyrics can have many meanings, this one is clearly about Cornell's drug problems in the past.

    This is one of my favorites, great lyrics, great singing. A lot of energy in this song...
    Runningace18on September 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti semi-agree with anti emo (cuz i hate emo) Best song on revelations, but Light my Way is audioslaves best song in my opinion, not that its worth much
    Overfloateron September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAudioslave is the shit. I think it's about getting tangled up in some sort of predicament with someone (like a boyfriend or a girlfriend) and getting away from it.
    Lateralus518on September 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo, it's clearly about Cornell's drug problems.

    He was tempted by the drugs (putting his hand over the flame), and thought he wouldn't get addicted, but learned the opposite. (Thought I was smarter... But it turned out the way it does with everyone). Hence the title Moth - a creature which is helplessly attracted to the flame against it's own good.

    This is an aged and more wise Cornell, making a statement against the addictions which have haunted his past. ( I won't fly around your fire anymore)
    Runningace18on September 23, 2006   Link

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