"Killing Birds" as written by and Chris Cornell....
I learned long ago
'Bout a better way of killing birds
And what it means when they die in my hands

Like a strangled heart
It never made much sense to me
Why I'd need to know the best way to do that

But you have to love the murderer I've become
As I'm standing here in front of you
Standing right in front of you
Standing here in front of you
Killing birds

I've spent my youth
Breaking down the walls my father built
Just like he did to his father before him

But then I had no home
So I tried to make a better one
It looked just like his, so I burned it down again

No there ain't a long parade of idiots
As I'm standing here in front of you
Standing right in front of you
Standing here in front of you
Killing birds

You don't have to love the murderer I've become

If I could spin a web
I would sit and wait for you
I wouldn't need a stone, I'd just poison you and tie you up

And you would be a bird
A beautiful crescent one
And your eyes would beg
But I'm just doing my job

Standing here in front of you
Standing right in front of you
Standing here in front of you
Standing right in front of you
Standing here in front of you
Standing right in front of you
Standing here in front of you
Killing birds


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"Killing Birds" as written by Chris Cornell

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    General CommentHi,

    this song is not about someone, it is about Cornell himself. It describes a situation a father sometimes is standing in front of. Almost everyone has the idea that he/she will make is better than his/her parents done it. Killing birds is a metaphor for blight someone’s ideas before they grow up, to destroy childish naivety with a mean word or a deprecatingly gesture.

    But more than that, it is a symbol for the process of how we forget the idea of being different from our parents, when we turn the tables and stand in front of a nagging child in need of our attention. And sometime you know you are killing birds although you know you are killing birds.

    This is no supposed to be an apology to do so, as long as you realize that you killing birds there is hope.
    7thDawnon August 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's true that killing birds is a metaphor for ideas that were pushed on cornell as a child. I think he saying that if you force ideas on someone you cannot count on the idea that they won't use them on you as well. How when you train someone to do something it is no longer a choice it's just second nature. "Well I'm just doin my job" shows that there is no feeling just doing what has been pushed on him. Great song, one of my favorite off the album
    Grungemusician87on March 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about someone who never really cared how the people around him felt, and he also doesn't care whether these people love him or don't!! So he hurts them with no remorse and no regrets!!
    Audioslave23on June 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about someone who never really cared how the people around him felt, and he also doesn't care whether these people love him or don't!! So he hurts them with no remorse and no regrets!!
    Audioslave23on June 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a tribute to Ozzy
    killervon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with 7thDawn. these lyrics make think about Chris Cornell's older daughter, the one from his first marriage. when you divorce and leave, you hurt your child. it's something like killing a bird, destroying something the child will never have again. maybe I am wrong with the meaning, but that's what this song makes me think about. I just love the way he writes. :-)
    fragariaon September 15, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentwow! When I first listene to this song i thought it was about the Iraq war a bit. And the long line of idiots is the presidents of America. And the not knowing why they had to develop better weapons but it never really made sense to kill and such really.

    Just my interperatation.
    NinjaMous3on July 03, 2008   Link

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