In my eyes, indisposed
In disguises no one knows
Hides the face, lies the snake
The sun in my disgrace
Boiling heat, summer stench
'Neath the black the sky looks dead
Call my name through the cream
And I'll hear you scream again

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come (Won't you come)

Stuttering, cold and damp
Steal the warm wind tired friend
Times are gone for honest men
And sometimes far too long for snakes
In my shoes, a walking sleep
And my youth I pray to keep
Heaven sent hell away
No one sings like you anymore

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)

Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)

Hang my head, drown my fear
Till you all just disappear

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)
Won't you come (Black hole sun, Black hole sun)
Won't you come
Won't you come



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"Black Hole Sun" as written by Chris Cornell

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  • +6
    General Comment:I know I new to the site, but damn...do some research before you assume

    I pulled this from an article, "Regarding "Black Hole Sun", Cornell stated, "It's just sort of a surreal dreamscape, a weird, play-with-the-title kind of song."[5] He also said that "lyrically it's probably the closest to me just playing with words for words' sake, of anything I've written. I guess it worked for a lot of people who heard it, but I have no idea how you'd begin to take that one literally."[6] In another interview he elaborated further, stating, "It's funny because hits are usually sort of congruent, sort of an identifiable lyric idea, and that song pretty much had none. The chorus lyric is kind of beautiful and easy to remember. Other than that, I sure didn't have an understanding of it after I wrote it. I was just sucked in by the music and I was painting a picture with the lyrics. There was no real idea to get across."[4] Commenting upon how the song was misinterpreted as being positive, Cornell said, "No one seems to get this, but "Black Hole Sun" is sad. But because the melody is really pretty, everyone thinks it's almost chipper, which is ridiculous."[7] When asked about the line, "Times are gone for honest men," Cornell said:

    It's really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom. It's going to become more and more difficult, and it's going to create more and more disillusioned people who become dishonest and angry and are willing to fuck the next guy to get what they want. There's so much stepping on the backs of other people in our profession. We've been so lucky that we've never had to do that. Part of it was because of our own tenacity, and part of it was because we were lucky.[8]
    MrSwindleron January 21, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:It's just sort of a surreal dreamscape, a weird, play-with-the-title kind of song. He also that "lyrically it's probably the closest to me just playing with words for words' sake, of anything written. I guess it worked for a lot of people who heard it, but I have no idea how you'd begin to take that one literally. "It's funny because hits are usually sort of congruent, sort of an identifiable lyric idea, and that song pretty much had none. The chorus lyric is kind of beautiful and easy to remember. Other than that, I sure didn't have an understanding of it I was just sucked in by the music and I was painting a picture with the lyrics. There was no real idea to get across." the song was misinterpreted as being positive, No one seems to get this, but 'Black Hole Sun' is sad. But because the melody is really pretty, everyone thinks it's almost chipper, which is ridiculous
    XXX729on June 28, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:A couple of the biggest secrets of the occult are revealed in this song. No joke. The truth really is stranger than fiction sometimes, and I think it's safe to say anyone who knows the true meaning would no doubt be labeled insane if they were to share it with others.
    Sineistimeon April 09, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:I've always thought that this song is a reference to suicide. The verses are a little vague, but the chorus is a tell tale sign to me that this song might be, or at least can be, about suicide...

    The first lines describe how the character hides his sadness. His eyes are indisposed, and the snake (his depression or sadness) is in disguise. It hides behind his eyes, but is omnipresent in his mind. He's always depressed, but no one knows but him.

    Now onto the chorus. "Black Hole Sun"... I've always thought that a Black Hole Sun was referring to the way a gun barrel looks when it goes off. When a gun goes off, there is a black hole in the middle of a ring of fire, which is exactly what a "Black holed Sun" would look like. "Won't you come and wash away the rain." I've always thought that Cornell was asking the Black Hole Sun to come and wash away his sadness, meaning that he wanted to shoot himself to end his pain.

    I dont know. It's late at night and I can't sleep so i thought i'd present this theory. I'm a huge Soundgarden fan, and this is one of my favorites. I'd never seen this take on this song before, so these are my thoughts.
    jep321on August 19, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This song fucking rocks. and if you've seen the music video, i think it kinda backs up the "every one of you fucking retarded idiots can just get sucked into the sun for all i care" theme. Its the freakin' oddest video I've ever seen but its pretty damn cool at the same time.
    Crusty_mabibaon May 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:the original lyrics - Black Mans Cum, wont you cum, cum on me my friend, Black Mans Cum, Wont you cum?, wont you cum?

    Superunknown is a concept album based upon the fictictious romance between Paula Abdul and Morgan Freeman that Chris wrote in early 1994... in this part of the story "Black Man's Cum" Paula is experiencing extreme sexual frustration due to Freemans inablitity to ejaculate... She becomes insecure and depressed... and this song is about their struggle to remain a couple with the burdens of sexual frustration haunting them... check out part part 2 of the story with the song called The Day I Tried to Jizz and the finale and conclusion on the song called Limo Wreck ( where freeman finally ejacualtes but inside of a limo causing a serious car accident and Paulas health becomes in question )

    The follow up album to this is called Down on the Upside... where now, unlike before, Freeman can finally ejaculate with ease but now he cannot stop and causes more grief and problems within their relationship
    stpfan22on April 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:I think the song's meaning is pretty straightforward.

    The narrator is so tired of humanity that they're longing and hoping for the world to end. Pretty similar to "Aenema" by Tool.

    "Times are gone for honest men
    And sometimes far too long for snakes"

    The 70s, 80s, and 90s are the age when, at least in the United States, capitalism and corporations began to have an influence on every aspect of our daily lives. The good came with the bad, as people stepped all over each other just to get their piece of the pie. Things like honesty and integrity went out the window and the opportunists took over. "Nice guys finish last" became a mantra for many people.

    "In my shoes, a walking sleep
    And my youth I pray to keep
    Heaven sent hell away
    No one sings like you anymore"

    The narrator would rather die young than see society and humanity head in the direction that it's going. "Heaven sent hell away" refers to nature ending society on Earth. "No one sings like you anymore" seems to refer to how all of the old moral tenets — such a honesty, substance, and compassion — aren't really celebrated anymore.

    "Hang my head, drown my fear
    Till you all just disappear"

    The narrator will wait in despair until the annihilation of the human race.

    Seems pretty screwed up, but misanthropy is common in a lot of Cornell's writing. He writes a lot of songs about the apocalypse ("New Damage," "4th of July") but also how he's looking forward to it. "Limo Wreck" is pretty much about the same thing. Also, "The Day I Tried To Live" seems to continue the whole theme of being an outsider and not feeling like a part of society.

    The real question is whether or not there ever was a "Time for honest men," unfortunately. History doesn't seem to indicate that there ever was. You always get the good with the bad.
    lastanzabiancaon July 31, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is my fucking ANTHEM SONG. I am obsessed and IN LOVE with this song. I've loved it since I was 4 years old. It takes me back to my younger years..and so forth...I love it. It's a GREAT SONG!!
    Turn Up The Tuneageon April 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i dont even remember when i was 14 much less 4...
    HalfLifeSuicideon May 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think this is basically about the apocalypse and how its going to clean the earth of eveyrthing bad

    wash away the rain
    treestumpon May 09, 2002   Link

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