"Power Trip" as written by and Chris J. Cornell....
I want to be
A cowboy star upon the screen
Oh hey and I want to drive
My cowboy car across the scene

Oh hey and I want to write
The magazines the housewives read
And I want to be
In control of everything
I want to be King


I want to make the toys
You buy for Christmas Eve
Yeah and I want to be
The father of the ethnic child
Who stars on T.V.

Oh yeah and I, I want to write
The magazine the housewives read

Oh hey and I want all the leaders
Of the Third World
To answer to me

I want to be King
I want to be King
So maybe now the Pope
Will bow and kiss my ring
I want to be King


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"Power Trip" as written by Hiro Yamamoto Christopher J. Cornell

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  • +2
    General Commentthat's probably the deepest lyrics for a power trip i've ever read
    Lepra Messiason April 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery good driving song.
    Thunderbolton December 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits definately "king" because of the reference to world leaders bowing down and the pope and of course that it rhymes with "kiss my ring".

    I've always thought this is about some kind of trojan horse. He wants to become powerful not just out of greed but this robin hood idea of giving something back where it has been taken. The line 'I want to write the magazines the housewifes read' is probably my favourite soundgarden lyric.

    I like the start of this song where the voice and the lead guitar are playing the melody together and if you think about how loud and high it is its pretty amazing.
    angertrainon May 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou stupid fucking bell ends. He's got an American accent and he's saying "KIIIIIING, KIIIIIIING" Yea? Get it? "I want to be kiiiiiiiiiiiiing" DUH. Talk about fucking blindingly obvious. You can distinctly hear the "Kcc" noise. I mean, you guys can see the lyrics where it clearly says "king" and you can't even make the fucking connection! The next person to comment saying "he says gay" is a stupid cunt.
    Supah Dudeon January 15, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI'm quite sure he says near the end of the second stanza "I want to be gay". Some of you may not agree but listen to it carefully and you'll see what I mean.
    hunter_benedicton June 26, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI'm quite sure he says near the end of the second stanza "I want to be gay". Some of you may not agree but listen to it carefully and you'll see what I mean.
    hunter_benedicton June 26, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentBest off the album!
    I also thought Chris was saying "I want to be gay" towards the end of the song. Aw well Chris owns regardless if he's hinting gayness or not.
    audi0slav3on February 11, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLet me clear up this issue: The lyric sheet says king. It clearly sounds like he's saying gay. With king, the song is a passable rocker. With gay, it's also a very funny one that makes people like Supah Dude uncomfortable. Winner: "I want to be gay."
    Maniac Copon April 10, 2010   Link

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