"No Such Thing" as written by and Chris Cornell....
I saw the world, it was beautiful
But the rain got in and ruined it all
Then I tried to be invisible
It was impossible
Even for me

I laughed at love, it was a big mistake
In the absence of I filled it with hate

'Cause there's no such thing as nothing
Yeah there's no such thing as nothing at all

I had the brains not to think at all
But the rain got in
And I thought too hard
On the world, and as usual
I slumped too far into the void

I tried to make everything meaningless
But the rain got in and made it a mess

'Cause there's no such thing as nothing
Yeah there's no such thing as nothing at all
Yeah there's no such thing as nothing
But my finger's on the trigger
And I'll turn off the world

So what gives me the right
To think that I could throw away a life?
Even mine

And what makes you believe
That you could get away with getting old?
Overlapping me

Maybe to lose or to save your soul
Is a choice of how you fill the hole

And the rain got in

'Cause there's no such thing as nothing
Yeah there's no such thing as nothing at all
There's no such thing as nothing
But my finger's on the trigger
And I'll turn off the world

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"No Such Thing" as written by Chris Cornell

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    General CommentThis song seems to have it's roots in Chris Cornell's past - his failed relationships, his battles with drug addictions, depresson and anorexia.

    The chorous and the concept of the song seem to deal with the absence of love and happiness. He is saying that there is no such thing as feeling nothing. Since there is no such thing as nothing, there needs to be a feeling in life that replaces happiness when happiness is gone. For Cornell, these were feelings of depression and anguish. He has now reached the resolution that to save yourself in the absence of happiness you need to make the "choice of how you fill the hole".
    Runningace18on March 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant song. Definitely agree with the above, the song seems reasonably self explanatory... the video on the other hand, not so much! Haha.
    PureBrillianceon May 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRunningace18 explanition is good, and to some point I agree with it. At the same time, I think that Chris Cornell is a 'move ahead' type of guy. I also saw the video, and when comparing it to the song, it seems that the message here is for the people who try to blind themselves to the violent world we are living. You can't just 'feel nothing' for the things we are living these days. I know Chris Cornell is not a political focused songwriter as were his former bandmates of Audioslave, but I've read in interviews that sometimes he adresses his political or social opinions in a subtle way. Anyways, the song is just great. Chris is an amazing songwriter and poet.
    edwriveron May 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe it's about nihilism, there's a lot about nothing and voids, and he laughs at love.
    Neodymionon October 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIn my opinion it's about the change in his point of view. He tells how wonderful it all was his world until 'the rain got in' - might mean his safe territory perforated and some cold and dour things got in through the holes. These kind of negative things are flying all over the world waiting for a little breaking of the human heart to disrupt it even harder. I didn't check, but I assume each of the 6,000,000,000 people around us has their own breakage points in life, about all kind of unachieved wills.

    Who knows how from Chris Cornell's many biograpihes's details are reliable and how not, to find his tough times.. I think his real crisis no one knows. they remain deep in his head, and that's why he's providing us constantly this and many others beautiful, relaxing and supporting lyrics, combined with an erode music which reminds us the pain isn't screaming only in our heads, in others it screams too, and louder sometimes.
    nati1271on September 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about the futility of Nihilism. It's the dark flip side to "Doesn't Remind Me".
    Maniac Copon June 03, 2013   Link

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