"Holy Water" as written by and Cornell....
Holy water on the brain and I'm losing sleep
Holy bible on the night stand next to me
As I'm raped by another monkey circus freak
Trying to take my indigence away from me, from me yeah

Holy water is rusting me, yeah
Holy water is rusting me, is rusting me, rusting me

Bloody murder is the best I've heard her scream
Holy devil in the flesh some might believe
And they take thine majesty so seriously
'Cause it's the big lies more likely to be believed, believed

Yeah, holy water is rusting me
Yeah, holy water is rusting me, is rusting me
Rusting me, yeah

Damn the water if its life, you want to drink
Mind your mother if it makes you feel at ease
As you're raped by another monkey circus freak
'Cause its the big lies are more likely to be believed, believed

Yeah, holy water is rusting me
Yeah, holy water is rusting me
Yeah, holy water is rusting me, is rusting me
Rusting me

Rusting me
Rusting me, yeah
Rusting me


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    General Commenthey guys, this is from "New Metal Crown" a biography about soundgarden. Chris talked about how this song is so often construed as anti-religion or anti-anything in particular, quite the contrary. ironically enough the song is about pressing any belief on any person in particular too fiercely, "'Holy Water' is just more of a poetic way of saying i don't appreciate having anybody's ideas thrust upon me like their baggage... [it] is going to be taken, literally as religion. But it isn't; it's anything. Vegetarianism or political ideas, or any kind of idea. new age-ism, anything. I think when people offer you these things, especially if they offer it to you aggressively, then they're assuming that you're confused and unhappy. But to me, that's insulting. And that's what the song is based on. ism-ism"

    perfect. thought i was all alone for thinking that no matter your stance, it's always rude to treat the other person as ignorant or unhappy just because they don't necessarily "believe" your side of the argument. thanks Chris

    Dylan6998on July 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I really love Cornell's sarcastic attitude towards all religion.
    He was brought up with strictly religious parents and schooling, and in his music, he seems to be rebelling from this. That is a recurring theme in his music.
    Runningace18on February 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOkay, this is an opinion from someone who has been baptized a Catholic, gotten his first communion and has been confirmed and is still angry at religion at the same time. The bible is full of stupid things if you read it all the way through. Honestly, I won't ever kill anyone and sure, metallic spiders crawl down my spine whenever I lie but I don't give up anything for lent and I eat meat every fucking Friday of the year. You can believe in God and be indignant towards religion. God is your conscience and it knows when its done something wrong and religion is what says that you're not supposed to have sex unless you undergo some ceremony that you have to pay a priest or the state for. I think that what's rusting Chris is all of the inconsistencies, not the concept itself.
    thelizardking05on August 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems to be that the church teachings a growing old and stopping him from living his life
    no_one69on February 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah i agree, the song is about religion and how much he grew tired of it and of the attempts of the preachers to try to brain wash him and make him believe in something he doesn't want to:
    "As you're raped by another monkey circus freak
    It's the big lies that are more likely to be believed "
    ShadowOfThePaston July 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, nice analysis. Yeah, I think it's about religion now. I love this song. It has a funky vibe to it. One of the gems on an album full of gems, the perfect Badmotorfinger.
    TommyCap77on September 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOnly 4 comments? The riff is sick. As for the meaning, it's gotta be about religion confusing him and stopping him from living his life. Best song on Badmotorfinger imo.
    Lateralus518on June 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Only 4 comments? The riff is sick."

    If I didn't read the rest of your post, I would have freaked out by you thinking that a song should get posts on SongMeanings.Net just because of a guitar riff...
    The Honest Liaron October 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo need to be an ass SupahDoof. I interpret this song as an address of distaste for religous brainwash and the principles that keep us from living our lives.

    "damn the water if it's life you want to drink"
    SoulPinionon December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSupah Dude, stop being ignorant. Not one person said chris did not believe in god, and even if they did learn to live with it. Believing in god has nothing to do with christianity or any other religion, get over yourself.

    Back on topic, I think this song is to do with his hate of how organized relgions tend to brainwash and mentally imprison their followers, and how he wants to be free of it to live his own life.
    Melancholy Mechanicon December 30, 2007   Link

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