"Searching with My Good Eye Closed" as written by and Chris Cornell....
This is my good eye
Do you hear a cow?
A rooster says
Here is a pig
The devil says

Painted blue across my eyes
And tied the linen on
And I'm on my way
Looking for the paradigm
So I can pass it off
Is it on my side, on my side

Is to the sky, is to the sky, is to the sky now
Searching for the ground with my good eye closed

If I took you for a ride, would you take it wrong?
Or would you make it right, make it right?
Looking for a pedestal that I can put you on
And be on my way, on my way

Is to the sky, is to the sky, is to the sky now
Searching for a ground with my good eye closed

With my good eye closed

Stop you're trying to bruise my mind
I can do it on my own
Stop you're trying to kill my time
It's been my death since I was born
I don't remember half the time if I'm hiding or I'm lost
But I'm on my way, on my way

(Is it to the sky?)
(I'm on my way) to the sky
(I'm on my way) to the sky
(I'm on my way) to the sky
(I'm on my way) to the sky
I'm on my way (to the sky)
To the sky
To the sky
On my way
On my way
Is it to the sky?
Is it to the sky


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"Searching with My Good Eye Closed" as written by Chris Cornell

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    General CommentI was born the same year as Chris. I was living in Seattle 90 to 2002. I remember the incredible feeling of that period in time when this song came out. Things seemed interesting again. From my perspective it was about negotiating the rules of the world while refusing to compromise that which is sacred.

    Is it to the sky
    Looking to the sky and down
    Searching for a ground
    With my good eye closed

    "My good eye closed" in other words my "good eye" is not for sale. It incapsulated the feeling of disgust with the prevailing warped culture we were being asked to embrace.
    thisisthegoodstuffon October 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIts about how man searches for meaning to the world. Its a spiritual song about someone looking for a deity or the 'paradigm', how the world works and the laws that govern it. Unfortunatly people tend be very ignorant and blind when trying to find the truth (religious wars and intolerance) thus the title of the track searching with my good eye closed
    ToBeHumanon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song is about how we are taught to perceive and comprehend the world around us apart from our instincts and how those instincts are confused based on social indoctrination. From the most mundane and basic things as children, to that which paints a "comprehensive" understanding concerning human nature's deep seated fear of death. We are taught about those who mythically command the forces beyond our sense of reason. Whereby we are introduced, via what we are taught, to supernatural allies that have the ability to thwart those nasty forces beyond reason at death's door. It seems to be about the inevitability of death and how our ego comforts itself knowing what's coming up at the end of the road. I think death is the destination that Cornell refers to as being "on my way" to.
    DeffJavison October 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentabout being lost in life and looking for real meaning
    aldeayeahon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agreee. But I would say it describes intense periods of change in the human maturation process. The narrator sees his own mind from the perspective of the other mind set which he is yet to fully grow into. What do YOU think?
    Oh Peaon July 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about : Looking for meaning in life. Trying to find someone to share it with.
    Wheather you find meaning in life or someone to share life with you... You're still on your way to wherever we're all going.
    Like most SG songs, the lyrics are so disjointed and vague. The song could mean almost anything. It's a beautiful song - one of SG's best ever.
    al1003on September 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the better songs on Badmotorfinger. The see n' say at the beginning is funny.
    DelGriffith500on December 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'disjointed and vague' only begin to describe it.

    Nonetheless, the best song on BMF, definitely.
    Captain Cornflakeon March 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentisn't 'disjointed and vague' what makes soundgarden's lyrics so great? I love the way Chris Cornell writes songs
    Tallbob88on August 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdont care what it means, but when this song was performed live later in there career (1994 -1997)...it sounded so sweet...cornell would sing the first verses in a lower pitch with no drumming or bass in the background, just the guitars strumming a bit...and then when he was done with the verse it would play the song fully but heavier and with more feeling...they should have re made this song the way they did it live...fkn awsome...look up the song on youtube and it should be in the movie "hype!" sounds awesome
    cowelly1991on January 16, 2007   Link

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