I got up feeling so down
I got off being sold out
I've kept the movie rolling
But the story's getting old now
I just looked in the mirror
Things aren't looking so good
I'm looking California
And feeling Minnesota
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I'd like to say
That I'm down on my knees today
It gives me butterflies
Gives me away
Till I'm up on my feet again
I'm feeling outshined

Someone let the dogs out
They'll show where the truth is
The grass is always greener
Where the dogs are shedding
I'm feeling that I'm sober
Even though I'm drinking
I can't get any lower
Still I feel I'm sinking
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I'd like to say
That I'm down on my knees today
It gives me butterflies
Gives me away
Till I'm up on my feet again
I'm feeling outshined



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"Outshined" as written by Chris Cornell

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  • +5
    General Comment:I always thought that "where the dogs are shedding" was actually "where the dogs are shitting"
    aldaon July 18, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:"I'm looking California
    And feeling Minnesota"

    One of the best lyrics ever.

    Great song
    sillybillyon March 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:(It's about a preacher/priest etc etc losing his faith.)

    I got up feeling so down
    I got off being sold out
    (Feels like it's all been a lie)

    I've kept the movie rolling
    But the story's getting old now
    (He keeps up the preaching, but wants evidence, it's getting old to him)

    I just looked in the mirror
    Things aren't looking so good
    I'm looking California
    And feeling Minnesota
    (He looks and see's a warm happy and sunny person, but feels cold like Minnesota)


    So now you know, who gets mystified
    Show me the power child, I'd like to say
    That I'm down on my knees today
    (Telling God, so now you know i'm losing my faith, show me this power child you sent to save us, I'll even get down on my knees and pray)

    It gives me the butterflies, gives me away
    Till I'm up on my feet again
    I'm feeling outshined
    (He feels a bit of the love of Christ inside, till he is able to stand on his own feet/faith again, he feels "otshined" by God and Christ, They have shown Him enough.)


    Someone let the dogs out
    They'll show you where the truth is
    (Somebody let the people of sin out, the non-believers, which the bible calls "dogs" and they'll show you the truth so they say)

    The grass is always greener
    Where the dogs are shedding
    (Because the grass is always better on the other side of the fence, where the dogs sin/play/party. . . they want him to some on over to their side)

    I'm feeling that I'm sober
    Even though I'm drinking
    I can't get any lower
    Still I feel I'm sinking
    (He's falling for it, sin, and has fallen to a new low, as low as you can go, yet he gets lower. . . so he calls out to God to be shown the "power child" that he himself preaches about)


    So now you know, who gets mystified
    Show me the power child, I'd like to say
    That I'm down on my knees today
    It gives me the butterflies, gives me away
    Till I'm up on my feet again
    I'm feeling outshined



    (OR it could be about being jumked out on meth/horse, main lining, puking up, and the dope not taking effect anymore, take your pick :)
    KingJehuon February 11, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I've read that this is about Cornell feeling "outshined" by his deceased friend, Andrew Wood (singer of Mother Love Bone). Apparently Andrew was, in Cornell's opinion, a superior lyricist, vocalist and performer and this was a song to perhaps vent a little frustration about it but also maybe as a - somehow - humbling acknowledgement.
    MassiveBoogerson February 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:great song
    about feeling outshined, (ok don't believe me)
    about being outshined and unoticed when you are try so hard to be noticed (well something along the lines)
    basically the lyrics arent hard to understand
    Calculator Joseon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Alda's right, it's "shitting". awesome song. i love the music in the chorus.
    snafu287on April 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Alda's right, it's "shitting". awesome song. i love the music in the chorus.
    snafu287on April 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's a song about smoking crack
    Oh Peaon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:No, it's "shedding" according to the lyrics booklet for Batmotorfinger
    Thunderbolton April 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Its an aight song. I think its about boredom with life
    BurnKurtFadeon January 05, 2005   Link

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