"Black Rain" as written by Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd....
If I could hug my love, could I try
For your wings to cover me and let them fold
Half alive, I heard the most brilliant lie
Sleepless eyes, close the light
And rest your mind while you burn

Can't stutter when you're talking with your eyes
By cutting out your tongue you save face
Feeding on the blood lets running from a big day

Cry on black rain, cry on black rain
Cry on black rain

If I could hug my love could I try
For your wings to cover me unless I fall
Sleepless eyes, close the light
And rest your mind while you burn

You can't stutter when you're talking with your eyes
By cutting out your tongue you save face
Feeding on the blood lets running from a black day

Cry on black rain, cry on black rain
Cry on black rain
Black rain, cry on
Black rain, cry on
Cry on

You can't stutter when you're talking with your eyes
By cutting out your tongue you save face
Feeding on the blood that's running from a black day


Lyrics submitted by Love.Is.Suicide, edited by Nettacki

"Black Rain" as written by Kim Thayil Chris Cornell

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  • +4
    Lyric CorrectionIf I could, Hawk my love
    Could I trade, For your wings
    To cover me, Unless I fall
    Half alive, I heard the most
    Brilliant lie, Sleep is eyes
    Closed to light, Deaths the mind
    Wide open...

    You can't stutter When you're talking with your eyes
    Like cutting out your tongue to save face
    Or feeding on the blood That's running from a black rain

    Cry on Black Rain

    If I could, Hawk my love
    Could I trade For your wings
    To cover me, Unless I fall
    Sleep is eyes, Closed to light
    Death's the mind, Wide open.



    Directly from the Box Set Lyric sheet...
    away666on October 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think I know the meaning. I think it means that Soundgarden is total bad ass!
    MeaninglessMeaningon November 09, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment90's rock has been and will always be junkie rock.
    Itmanon September 17, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is about loving a liar, someone who lies to keep the reputation, this is what "save face" means.
    And rest your mind while you burn is like finally forgeting that one. Burn could mean forgeting, destroying the image or just that person getting punished.
    RedSpikedWallson August 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would say the fourth line is "Half alive, I 'heard' the most brilliant lie." Also, the 6th line kinda sounds like "And 'dust the' mind while you burn". Otherwise, you have excellent ears.

    As for what it means:

    I think the general meaning would be "Lying is bad for your image". I know there's probably something more, but this is just off of a first glance and a few listens.
    grimscythe24on August 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcant wait to hear more from soundgarden!
    hugetool1269on August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttouche.

    I wonder if there is also a connection here to black hole sun.
    cornell's talking about stuttering again
    and the rain once again takes on a bad connotation. cry on black rain
    with black hole sun's - wont you come and wash away the rain.
    i.e take away all the shit thats wrong with this world.

    sleepless eyes. close the light
    And rest your mind while you burn

    seems to suggest his or the person he may be referring cant sleep because of the guilt
    and perhaps he will punished for his crime (maybe a lie) by god or karma...

    wicked song though. hope they tour australasia.
    thousandeyeson October 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an awesome song
    undeadcorpseon October 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion:D
    1989Son October 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is a b-side to badmotorfinger
    stpfan22on November 18, 2010   Link

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