And you stare at me
In your Jesus Christ pose
Arms held out
Like you've been carrying a load
And you swear to me
You don't want to be my slave

But you're staring at me
Like I need to be saved
In your Jesus Christ pose
Arms held out
In your Jesus Christ pose
Thorns and shroud
Like it's the coming of the Lord
And I swear to you
That I would never feed you pain

But your staring at me
Like I'm driving the nails
In your Jesus Christ pose
And you stare at me
In your Jesus Christ pose
Arms held out like it's
The coming of the Lord

And would it pay you more to walk on water
Then to wear a crown of thorns
It wouldn't pain me more to bury you rich
Then to bury you poor
In your Jesus Christ pose



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"Jesus Christ Pose" as written by Chris Cornell, Matthew Cameron, Kim Thayil, Hunter Shepherd

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  • +3
    General Comment:it can also be about all the other rockstars pretending to be jesus onstage and making poses like him (Scott Stapp should take a hint)
    treestumpon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:true... i think that, in the most general way, it's about people (specially famous) that take a pose of victimism, of being unfairly persecuted (like christ) to justify themselves when they're criticized
    aldeayeahon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It's all about Chris Cornell's hatred for male models.
    In an interview he gave on MTV, he said that the band where looking through some magazines, and found the whole imagery used in Calvin Klein, Versace ads etc was very distasteful.
    If you listen to the lyrics, you can make sense of it now. It's all about how the models are posed to look like Demi-Gods, powerful yet weak etc.
    Hope this helps..
    Kurt_Wyldeon January 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Read this:
    When asked about the "Jesus Christ Pose" itself, Chris says: "You just see it a lot with really beautiful people, or famous people, exploiting that symbol as to imply that they're either a deity or persecuted somehow by their public. So it's pretty much a song that is nonreligious but expressing being irritated by seeing that. It's not that I would ever be offended by what someone would do with that symbol."
    outshinedon July 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:BlackHoleson,

    I have no other way to say this. So, I'll just say it. You are a fucking idiot. Just because people don't agree with your beliefs doesen't mean they're inferior to you. I could just give you a lecture on how every religion is wrong, but I won't, because I respect other people's beliefs unlike yourself.

    Grow the fuck up.
    Tredmondon April 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:A SONG ABOUT MANIPULATION
    This song is clearly NOT religious; Jesus is the symbol exploited by OTHERS, not Chris Cornell. I agree with the ideas expressed in previous posts that this is about those who claim to be martyrs to be superior, a kind of manipulation. Sure, the song could have been written about advertising models, but I think it has a more general interpretation, one that could be clarified with an example.

    HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION
    Let me give hypothetical situation. This song could represent a woman who claims to be suffering, who claims to need you, but at the same time seems to be superior to you. She holds our her arms compassionately, but really, she has intentions of control, telling you what to do, what feel. We feel sympathy for her, and we give in to her demands, but she really has other goals. She uses her seemingly vulnerable situation to get us to do things we might not otherwise do.

    I suspect there are others out there who've experienced this kind of manipulation...
    Goodkind20902on July 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:where do i find out what this song is trying to say ?
    Speed Raceron January 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It always sounded to me that this song was about someone giving their life for you, but you don't want to lose them. I do agree with the other posts though.
    whygoon August 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Someone said something about making Christ-like poses on stage. I just want to remind you that Chris used to roll his eyes into his head and snap into a Jesus Christ pose when crowd surfing.
    whygoon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I just wanted to say that Chris Cornell's vocal range, particularly in this song, is unbelieveably impressive - I can't even falsetta that scream he does at the end by singing with a NORMAL singing voice (as opposed to falsetta). That's INCREDIBLE.
    sommyon August 27, 2002   Link

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