"Let Me Drown" as written by and Chris Cornell....
Stretch the bones over my skin
Stretch the skin over my head
I'm going to the holy land
Stretch the marks over my eyes
Burn the candles deep inside
Yeah you know where I'm coming from

So give up to greed, you don't have to feed me
Yeah, give up to fate, you don't have to need me
So let it go, let it go, let it go, won't you let it
Drown me in you, drown me in you, drown me in you

Slip down the darkness to the mouth
Damn the water burn the wine
I'm going home for the very last time

So throw it away, you don't have to take me
Make no mistakes I'm what you make me
So let it go, won't you let it go, won't you let it go, won't you let it?
And drown me in you, drown me in you, drown me in you
Drown me in you, drown me in
Drown me in, oh drown me in, yeah drown me in, yeah

I see you turn around and burning down
The feeling starts to sink
I feel the hurt surround me
Please dissolve me
She's resolved to be

So heal my wounds without a trace
And seal my tomb without my face
I'm going to the lonely place

Give up to greed, you don't have to feed me, yeah
Give up to fate, you don't have to need me
So let it go, won't you let it go, won't you let it go, won't you let it?
And drown me in you, drown me in you
Drown me in you, drown me in you
Drown me in you, drown me in you
Drown me in you, drown me in you
Drown me in


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"Let Me Drown" as written by Chris Cornell

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  • +3
    General CommentChris Cornell said the song has a theme of returning to the womb to die, like how salmon always return to the place they were born in to die, he thought it would be cool if people did that too
    treestumpon June 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me, the first verse seems to signify shooting up.. The stretching is the tourniquet, he's going to the holy land (getting high) ..
    Burn the candle deep inside is about summoning the courage to commit to such a harmful act.

    So give up to greed, you don't have to feed me: go live in the materialistic society, you don't support my habit, I do.
    Give up to fate, you don't have to need me: just let life happen without me, I choose this life.
    So let it go (etc. Etc..) leave me alone!
    Drown me in you: I'll die with my addiction (happily), (Chris Cornell refers to heroin as water frequently).

    Slip down darkness to the mouth, damn the water, burn the wine: succumb totally to your addiction, damn heroin, destroy alcohol (the legal alternative).

    So throw it away, you don't have to take me
    Make no mistakes I am what you make me:
    Throw away your perceptions of addiction, but you still don't have to accept me, I am whatever you think I am (but it doesn't matter to me.. Successful rock star that I am)

    Drown me in you: I want to die of a heroin overdose (?), or.. Give me all the heroin, as much as I can take..

    I see you turn around and burning down
    The feeling starts to sink
    I feel the hurt surround me
    Please dissolve me
    She's resolved to be

    I see you looking at me angrily,
    My high is wearing off,
    The hurt returns,
    I want to die,
    She (who?) left because of this...


    So heal my wounds without a trace
    And seal my tomb without my face
    I'm going to the lonely place:

    I'll take more heroin to feel better,
    But I'll probably die just another junkie,
    No one knows how I feel.

    The rest just reinforces the earlier statements of leaving him to his addiction.

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    D_Psi4oron April 29, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAwesome song!! Noone write like cornell, he rocks! :D
    AiR7oNon January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment!

    I've been wondering about this song, and that makes perfect sense, treestump. Fucking great opener, I think the general theme of it is of severing all ties and putting everything back in its right place. Maybe returning home, or entering a deep sleep, or finding a god.
    Schizimaon December 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, only 4 posts? This is one of the best SG songs!!
    TommyCap77on June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is what i needed to hear tonight...just been through a fucked up end to a relationship and tonight i finally let it go..come home and listen to whats on...first thing is this song....god bless the boys of soundgarden, i wish they'd at least do one more show...
    RedRavenon August 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI crank this shit up when I hear it. Give up to greed, you don't have to need me. \m/
    Lateralus518on January 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always guessed that this song was about abortion. I guess I wasn't *totally* wrong :) Great lyrics. Thanks Treestump.
    spiderbabyon June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd just to confirm Treestump's post, Chris said it in an interview in RIP Magazine, April 1994 (check the Unofficial Soundgarden Homepage).
    spiderbabyon June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat opener song. Couldn't get much better.
    Lateral.Uson July 21, 2007   Link

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