"Black Hole Sun" as written by and Chris Cornell....
In my eyes, indisposed
In disguise as no one knows
Hides the face, lies the snake
The sun in my disgrace
Boiling heat, summer stench
'Neath the black the sky looks dead
Call my name through the cream
And I'll hear you scream again

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Stuttering, cold and damp
Steal the warm wind tired friend
Times are gone for honest men
And sometimes far too long for snakes
In my shoes, a walking sleep
And my youth I pray to keep
Heaven send Hell away
No one sings like you anymore

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Hang my head, drown my fear
Till you all just disappear

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come


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"Black Hole Sun" as written by Chris Cornell

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    My InterpretationI never bought Chris Cornell saying it's just a random bunch of words. To me there was some meaning but as much as I tried I couldn't get it. So now, while finishing watching 'A Walk among the Tombstones' and listened to the lyrics again to see if they made any sense and this is what I got.

    The chorus I feel "Blackhole Sun" is a Sun you want during dark times where you feel suffocated and strangled by everything around you falling apart. This I feel echoes the rest of the song and what that situations.

    The sun in my disgrace is basically something that is keeping the person going and that involves living with some kind of pain but as much as it is difficult, as much as it is snake like betrayal, there is something about being in this darkness that you can get away with - which is where the cream is, and the sun and disgrace and how all this feels good but he still hears the scream and the pain that was encountered and felt during some dark period that the narrator went through and feels guilty for. The guilty and the regret is important when you consider the "indisposed" because it was something you didn't want to do but you had to do at the time.

    Then we have the line about the warm wind tired friend, being a friend who has been through a dark period but the warm wind comes and brings some ease after fatigue of the stuttering, cold and damp which is the difficulty of dealing with the pain caused but whatever pain was caused all honesty was broken and still the snakes are around which people hoped would end.

    To add to this, then there is the walking in my shoes part, that along with the heaven sent hell away and no one singing like you emulates the youth that is disappearing from the innocence lost and the difficult of coping the tragic circumstances although, the singing, the one person takes away the hell like heaven.

    The final lyric part apart from the chorus is the drown my fear (sorrows) by hanging the head which is like a accepting the guilt and the difficulty that someone had done and then hoping that all the bad disappear as long as the narrator accepts the guilt and the difficulty he/she placed on others.

    So ultimately the song is about hoping for a some light at the end of the tunnel whilst being in a difficult part of your life as you cope with the choices you made and the actions you were a part of which affected numerous people around you. So, you accept the "Blackhole" that you have created that is sucking in all the stars and all the good but you hope for some Sun that can take away the pain (rain) because you've at least accepted that you've done things that you're not really proud of.

    So that's my view on it. I think this gels together. Yeah the lyrics are out there but the metaphors give a certain story that you can piece together something human that someone is going through.
    CardboardLullaon February 05, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIn my take of the song, I believe it is expressing a sort of timelapse of thought. The sort of recurring feeling you get everyday how cold we all are, from our mothers womb and we all come from something so far away so gone.it has a highly sexual influence in a way it stands for the high you get from sex or even giving birth. But it also has a polar opposite effect where it reminds us of the choice we all have to make about not taking our own lives. Or shooting heroin in that place behind the person behind himself. He is trying let you see the pupils dilate to make you feel that rush. Black hole sun a Rush of Dopamine. A depression in his soul. It is a ode to thy youth so to speak in a very dark callous texture. Yes. A beautiful callous universal poem.with the sounds grasping perfectly to the feeling, to the songs concept.
    Lucas25on May 19, 2017   Link

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