"Fell on Black Days" as written by and Chris Cornell....
Whatsoever I've feared has come to life
Whatsoever I've fought off became my life
Just when everyday seemed to greet me with a smile
Sunspots have faded and now I'm doing time
Now I'm doing time
'Cause I fell on black days
I fell on black days

Whomsoever I've cured, I've sickened now
And whomsoever I've cradled, I've put you down
I'm a search light soul they say
But I can't see it in the night

I'm only faking when I get it right
When I get it right

'Cause I fell on black days
I fell on black days

How would I know
That this could be my fate?
How would I know
That this could be my fate? Yeah

Uh, uh, uh
Uh, uh, uh
Uh, uh, uh

So what you wanted to see good
Has made you blind
And what you wanted to be yours
Has made it mine

Don't you lock up something
That you wanted to see fly
Hands are for shaking
No, not tying, no, not tying

I sure don't mind a change
I sure don't mind a change
Yeah, I sure don't mind, sure don't mind a change
I sure don't mind a change

'Cause I fell on black days
I fell on black days

How would I know
That this could be my fate?
How would I know
That this could be my fate?

How would I know
That this could be my fate?
How would I know
That this could be my fate?

I sure don't mind a change


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"Fell on Black Days" as written by Chris Cornell

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  • +4
    General CommentAlthough I think most of the posts prior to now really are pretty much right - the song captures extreme depression; however theres one piece of the puzzle I think your all but a few missing.....drug addiction. Theres a difference between a "depressing" song and a song that entails the darkest corner of earth that any human mind can possibly go. A depressing song is something like "Everybody Hurts" by REM......Fell on Black Days is a different monster. The two main reasons I think this is specifically talking about the angst that drug addiction brings you is A) The rock culture during the time this was a huge culture of revolution, change and innovation. Drug use/addiction was a huge part of the rock content during this time and always has been(keep in mind the work of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Layne Staley of Alice in Chains ) My second reason is the way he compares and contrasts a seemingly successful, functional and happy lifestyle to one that is absolutely decadent and full of agony. Being a former Cocaine addict I can tell you just how different being in a state of addiction is to being sober full time. Being addicted to a "hard drug" is just about the most bleak I have ever been emotionally, the way Chris describes "not seeing the light" and compares that to the common theme here which is "black" also echoes this theory. Also keep in mind drug addiction typically effects everybody around you especially the people you know which is also something Chris describes in this song. I cant say for sure if I think this is a PERSONAL song from Chris's point of view, it could also be from the point of view of someone he knew; which could have very well been someone like Kurt or Layne.
    Smolten Groveon February 19, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentNot to sound too depressing, but some days, this song feels like it's the soundtrack to my life.

    Knowing that someone else made it through similar helps.
    SirThorethon June 10, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEver wonder if the artists themselves read these little comments from time to time? Perhaps they post their own comments as well, without anyone ever being the wiser...
    WinterOnyxon April 13, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentchris said it was about when he was a kid and he got really depressed and isolated himself. black days are just when you stop being happy for no reason and everything seems much worse than it usually does
    SludgeGarden13on December 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs a former heroin junkie myself, i have a different point of view to this song than some might- Ok, I think it's very generalized to say "it's about depression", and few people on this site got it right, at least in my opinion that is. Smolten Grove hit the points on the head, though. It makes perfect sense that it is about drug addiction- to ANY drug, but I think it may be heroin specifically, for a number of reasons. First of all, the point in time of this being written/released, it was a big epidemic, but especially in the grunge and rock scene! Think Kurt, Layne, Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone frontman), Scott Weiland, and MANY others! More rockstars than not, at that point in time! Heroin IS black (on the west-coast, it is..) so I can't help but wonder if it is almost to be taken LITERAL...Fell on BLACK days. People even CALL heroin "black" out here, so..And in a way it IS about depression, but more a more specific kind- addiction IS depressing! So yes. Also, Chris was very close to/and once was roommates with Andrew Wood, who died in 1995 from a heroin overdose, as did many other more high-profile rockstars that were acquaintances and friends. So it could be written from their point of view, or maybe Chris himself had delved into using it at some points..And I think what brings this point home is "I want to know, if this could be my fate"..because once you NEED a drug, especially a drug like heroin, you start to feel like it is inescapable no matter how bad you want to get away from it, and you can often end up feeling defeated enough that you just resignedly accept that this is how things are now and always will be, that this was your fate, you made your bed and will now have to lie in it forever. I know I felt that way, and I know most people do, sooner or later. You just reach that point where you can't help yourself, so you feel like it is fated.
    crushedbyeyelineron October 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit seems to me that this is about a guy that was generally a good person and made people around him happy. soemthing happened to him(or somebody close to him) and now he's jaded and dpressed, he doesn't understand why bad/depressing things happen to good people and doesn't know how to handle it
    canon006on May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo what you wanted to see good has made you blind
    And what you wanted to be yours has made it mine
    So don't you lock up something that you wanted to see fly
    Hands are for shaking
    No, not tying
    These are the lines that make the entire song. I mean the song is good but these lines make it great. Also, the accoustic version is awesome. If you haven't heard it you should.
    CourtneyKilledKurton July 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing amazing song, i love the last line about hands. i've put it in my away message and have actually gotten comments from people out of nowhere saying how good that line is.
    suckmykisson September 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about Chris being ihappy, and spreading the happiness before he discovered something that put him into depression and as he shared it with others, they too became depressed.
    ST1on July 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Whatsoever I've feared has come to life
    Whatsoever I've fought off became my life"

    To me this song is about self-inflicted wounds; making the very mistakes that he tried so hard not to make.

    "Whomsoever I've cured I've sickened now
    Whomsoever I've cradled I've put you down"

    And in making these mistakes, he has hurt the ones he loves most.
    PoetLion01on August 27, 2005   Link

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