"Beyond the Wheel" as written by and Chris J. Cornell....
Far beyond the road
Between your house and home
There is a churning storm
Of hailing burning bones

Tiny baby cries
Little, tiny pawn
In the profit gain
Tiny baby grows

Mother, who's your man
Is he doing what he can
To make a proper home, home
By overturning other stones, stones
Father, mighty man
Loves his little boys, boys
Shows them how to kill
To save his precious stones, stones

Far beyond the wheel
Spin your life around
By driving flesh and blood
Deep into the ground, ground

Far beyond the wheel
Steers life around
By driving flesh and blood
Deep into the ground, ground


Lyrics submitted by jt, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Beyond the Wheel" as written by Christopher J. Cornell

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  • +2
    General Commentdamn rock musicians will say anything in interviews to throw ppl off the trail, wont they bucketheaded?

    the wheel is considered (one of) the oldest (and influential) of human inventions; a testament to human intellect. Chris is saying, we have moved far beyond the wheel: we use our intellectual power to find ways to fight and crush each other. The song speaks of WAR: "churning storm/Of hailing burning bones".

    "tiny baby" is the innocent victim in all this, unaware of what happens in the world around him... but "tiny baby grows" to be the adult involved in fighting for profit. The Man - "Is he doing what he can/by overturning other stones" - is he fighting other people to make Mother's life more comfortable? Whats worse, he shows his sons how to fight so he doesnt have to do it - does this smack of governments sending armies, or am i crazy?

    "The wheel" has steered human life around, we now use our knowledge "driving flesh and blood/Deep into the ground"

    What a voice, what a range, over 3 octaves! too bad he can't sing like that anymore. and what a riff, what a solo.. And i agree with rock_hawk too, the placing of the song between 665 and 667 suggests apocalyptic overtones (perhaps war-induced) - AND IT DOESN'T FUCKING DISAPPOINT!
    SFy65B2G5rKbzps5acdHwQe6on September 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song... it is... epic...
    KillViacomon December 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of the greatest Soundgarden songs ever, if not THEE best. Definitely one of the most underrated, along with Boot Camp and Mind Riot.
    SndGrdnon June 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDuctape, you are a genius.
    IceNerveshatteron November 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI love this song, especially the live version. It pretty much makes every other band's attempts to sound like doomladen harbingers of the devil look like cartoons. Here's my take on the meaning:

    As noted by rock_hawk the placing of the song between 665 and 667 suggest this is the devil's song. So what does the old bastard have to tell us?

    In the first verse we are reminded that waiting for us beyond our journey along life's road lies Hell. "The road between your house and home" is a very clever way of describing life as a journey. In a simple sense life's road involves leaving the house where we were born to find our own home, our own place in the world. In a more religious sense (hey, its the Devil speaking!) the house is our material incarnation, our body, the house of the soul. The journey of the soul through life and death is to leave this material house behind to find its true home, hopefully Heaven, or Nirvana or whatever. But the Devil claims that no matter what, beyond this road lies a churning storm of hailing burning bones: Hell. That will be our home.

    Rude! Why? Well it turns out that the road is not so pleasant either...

    We are born tiny babies, helpless and shaped by a world not of our choosing. We are pawns whose lives are served chasing profit. Capitalism.

    We grow, become men and marry. We do what we can to make a home through work. This consists of collecting material things to build a home. The Devil taunts us by calling these 'stones' - in the long run, just a pile of worthless rocks. We worship these 'stones' (material wealth), consider them precious, and train our sons to be like us, to defend them by killing anything that threatens them. Sound familiar America?

    So this is the wheel, that travels down that road, steering our lives round and round. Endlessly turning, but going nowhere but Hell. Ultimately it just crushes people, drives them into the ground...below the ground, into that churning storm of hailing bones.

    tautaion June 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo idea what this song is about, and I won't even try to decipher the meaning, but listening to Chris' voice jump up there and carry me into the sky by my neck is just too fucking awesome. Along with Kim Thayil's guitar riffing which sounds like the world ending. I love the intensity with which it's performed live.
    Tig45on October 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe live version of this song is just amazing. Chris's range is amazing and he is the king of ad lib. I think this song is about the western world's ignorance about things that are going on in the rest of the world.
    Trashazonon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI completly agree with Trashazon
    ThayilBeGodon February 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentme too, but why the wheel? I dont get it
    hunter_benedicton June 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe baddest ass guitar solo i have ever heard, holy shit!...
    dave_rock716on December 08, 2005   Link

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