"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" as written by and Chris Cornell....
Every time I stare into the sun
Trying to find a reason to go on
All I ever get is burned and blind
Until the sky bleeds the pouring rain

When you came along the time was right
Pulled me like an apple red and ripe
Wasn't very long you took a bite
And did me wrong, and it serves me right

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It's taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again, again

Every little key unlocks the door
Every little secret has a lie
Tryna take a picture of the sun
And it won't help you to see the light

Every little word upon your lips
Makes a little cut where blood pours out
Every little drop of blood a kiss that I won't miss
Not for anything

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It's taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again
Every single feeling tells me this is leading to a heart
In broken little pieces and you know I need this
Like a hole in the head

Every single feeling tells me this is leading to a heart
In broken little pieces and you know I need this
Like a hole in the head

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It's taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It's taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again

Here we go round again
Here we go round again
Here we go round again


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"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" as written by Chris Cornell

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  • +3
    Song MeaningThis song is more complex than seems. If listen to whole CD, it is a concept album. All songs are about him getting back with this woman, thinking about killing himself (trying to find a reason to go on).
    chefgroovyon February 05, 2016   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI only "joined" song meanings to comment on this particular song otherwise I just want all the sadness, weirdness of this whole thing to go away.
    And by whole thing I mean Chris Cornell's suicide.
    First, before anyone dare say he was using heroin again- you need to shush your mouth until toxicology report comes back. Shut your trap! Spreading gossip is ugly and immature.

    The song lyrics were written solely by Chris in 2015 so it must have been a current relationship he was involved in or witnessing. The relationship sounds tumultuous. And that it had him on an emotional rollercoaster.
    "Pulled me like an apple red & ripe" , I don't know?
    Sounds as if he believes someone was getting this better of him and he felt trapped...
    "it won't help you to see the light"
    "every little word upon your lips makes a little cut..."
    He was struggling to see the value in staying in the relationship...

    This was a 52 yr old man. A grown man with many experiences under his belt.
    He travelled the world. Made a great living doing what he loved.
    But he wasn't happy, deep down.
    I hate it when people feel forced to wear a mask or "fake it" so I'm just gonna say it- fame & fortune can't buy you love.
    And even though, it might have looked like he had it all- maybe he didnt' really feel valued or loved and it crushed him?

    That's what I get from this song, personally.
    Only gets worse when you watch the video he agreed to make about this song, too.
    It's like he was saying in the video, "I escaped a hanging and married a hag."
    Then he turned around in real life and flipped the script.
    Toxicology report not in yet but Chris was deeply sad about something...and those magic pills only pushed him to do the unthinkable.

    Those poor children.
    This song is HAUNTING. The video only makes it worse.
    sooverthisbson May 23, 2017   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThese lyrics are pretty self explanatory, they seem to be about someone's feelings when they see (or are reminded of) an ex that things went sour with again.

    Great song though. Chris Cornell never ceases to impress!
    Soundtallicaon September 23, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with the above post. The lyrics are self explanatory and to add he is reminded it's just another wound being repeatedly open and never healing.
    username8556on December 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song is more complex than seems. If listen to whole CD, it is a concept album. All songs are about him getting back with this woman, thinking about killing himself (trying to find a reason to go on).
    chefgroovyon February 05, 2016   Link
  • -2
    My Interpretationit's the pain of losing a lover that drives you to the edge, where sultry sexy death seduces you, beckons you on and life is the fat ugly woman, you make a Faustian bargain with.
    " Every single feeling tells me this is leading to a heart
    In broken little pieces and you know I need this
    Like a hole in the head"
    Except your choice of nearly forgetting your broken heart comes around to haunt you again and again keeping you on the brink of it all. to be or not to be it's that simple. you cant strum your pain forever. forgive accept adapt you might end up mending your heart with time for time is a healer...

    Genesis - No Son Of Mine

    Well the key to my survival
    Was never in much doubt
    The question was how I could keep sane?
    Trying to find a way out

    Things were never easy for me
    Peace of mind was hard to find
    And I needed a place where I could hide
    Somewhere I could call mine

    I didn't think much about it
    Till it started happening all the time
    Soon I was living with the fear everyday
    Of what might happen that night?

    I couldn't stand to hear the crying of my mother
    And I remember when I swore that
    That would be the last they'd see of me
    And I never went home again

    They say that time is a healer
    And now my wounds are not the same
    I rang a bell with my heart in my mouth
    I had to hear what he'd say

    He sat me down to talk to me
    He looked me straight in the eyes
    He said, "You're no son, you're no son of mine
    You're no son, you're no son of mine
    You walked out, you left us behind
    And you're no son, you're no son of mine"

    Oh, his words how they hurt me, I'll never forget it
    And as the time it went by, I lived to regret it
    You're no son, you're no son of mine
    But where should I go? And what should I do?
    You're no son, you're no son of mine
    But I came here for help, oh I came here for you

    Well the years they passed so slowly
    I thought about him everyday
    What would I do if we passed on the street
    Would I keep running away?

    In and out of hiding places
    Soon I'd have to face the facts
    We'd have to sit down and talk it over
    And that would mean going back

    They say that time is a healer
    And now my wounds are not the same
    But I rang that bell with my heart in my mouth
    I had to hear what he'd say

    He sat me down to talk to me
    He looked me straight in the eyes
    He said, "You're no son, you're no son of mine
    You're no son, you're no son of mine
    You walked out, you left us behind
    And you're no son, you're no son of mine"

    Oh, his words how they hurt me, I'll never forget it
    And as the time it went by, I lived to regret it
    You're no son, you're no son of mine
    But where should I go? And what should I do?
    You're no son, you're no son of mine
    But I came here for help, oh I was looking for you

    You're no son, you're no son of mine, oh
    You're no son, ha yeah, ha yeah, ha yeah
    You're no son, you're no son of mine, oh, oh
    shailenjhaon May 04, 2016   Link

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