"Face Pollution" as written by and Cornell/shepherd....
An' I can count it on my fingers
I have all my reasons not to feel
I'm numb as rigor mortis
Scared by monkey faces drowned in shark fins

But I don't feel like feeling, I don't feel like feeling
I don't feel like feeling, feeling like you

Now I'm in the mirror, now it's getting clear
I fear that I'm in now, I'm into plastics
Now I've made a mask, it looks like fish heads

But I don't feel like feeling, I don't feel like feeling
I don't feel like feeling, feeling like you

I don't feel like feeling, I don't feel like feeling
I don't feel like feeling, feeling like you

Face pollution, face pollution
Face pollution, face pollution
(Feel)
Face pollution, face pollution
Face pollution, face pollution

(Feel)


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"Face Pollution" as written by Hunter Shepherd Chris Cornell

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    General CommentIt could be about plastic surgery, but I also think it might be about having to put on a face for his audiences, the media, the music industry etc....

    Just my thoughts
    Alice_in_Soundweezeron April 18, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh come on! No one has posted about this song!? It's fuckin awesome! The guitar is so sweet. One of my favorites.
    Carlos_The_Elfon March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have no idea what he's ranting about but the riffs in this song are sweet, and Chris Cornell seems to have an animal thing in his lyrics... there seem to always be dogs or pigs or snakes or, in this case, fish, sharks and monkeys
    ElGruvoon May 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI would say something like his opinion of how people try to make themselves beautiful by either putting make-up on or getting plastic surgery (I fear that I'm in you, Now I'm into plastics, Now I've made a mask). He doesn't want to be that (But I don't feel like feeling, feeling like you)
    sneaky jellyfishon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe feeling of being thrown in a pool of shark, people just trying to rip you off in a smart way, and not wanting to be affected by it, keeping your calm, to not denigrate yourself and become like them, but stay out of trouble and keep your conscience clean.
    Lepra Messiason April 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think he is addressing his audience saying he doesn't want to be our slave and it is making him numb, making him cry, perhaps the face pollution is his worn out face or his tears, but he says 'I fear that I'm in you', fears he is one of us fears he is part of us. He then says that he has been changed by us to be like us 'now that i'm into plastics', 'Now I;ve made a mask'. I think the mask could be him hiding his insecurities to become one of us but he doesn't feel like being part of us.
    He doesn;t want to be one with us...

    I don't feel like feeling

    I don't feel like feeling like you

    i really think those lines have separate meanings and that the previous line is not just an incomplete version of the second.

    thats what i got from it.
    ThayilBeGodon December 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion a huge rant against plastic surgery, It just makes the name so obvious.
    AntiPop245on January 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmaybe its about acne? plastic surgery sounds good too but consider these:"now im in the mirror/now its getting clear" "i can count it on my fingers" could be counting the zits. makes sense with the title "Face Pollution" too. well itsa great song especially when he yells FACE POLLUTION! yeah thats what grunge is all about, nay, rock itself. nay is a funny word. yeah thats all i got to say about that.
    wally the walruson April 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the early 90's black metal scene of norway.
    They of course wore corpse-paint, which is black and white paint on their faces when they perform (first introduced by KISS of course).
    Black Metal emphasises feeling a lot, but in a melodramatic way, i.e. by wearing corpse-paint.
    rigor mortis is a black metal band
    voluntary.insanityon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a perfect fusion of punk and metal-the definition of grunge. It's about make-up. All hail Ben Shepherd!
    SoundgardeNirvanaon February 26, 2007   Link

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