"Spoonman" as written by and Chris Cornell....
Feel the rhythm with your hands
Steal the rhythm while you can, Spoonman
Speak the rhythm on your own
Speak the rhythm all alone, Spoonman

Spoonman, come together with your hands
Save me, I'm together with your plan
Save me

All my friends are Indians
All my friends are brown and red, Spoonman
All my friends are skeletons
They beat the rhythm with their bones, Spoonman

Feel the rhythm with you hands
Steal the rhythm while you can, Spoonman

Thank you, good night people


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"Spoonman" as written by Chris Cornell

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  • +5
    General Commentit's about Artis the Spoonman, a guy from seattle who plays spoons around the world... and he plays the spoon solo in this song
    aldeayeahon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Commentyou guys are all drug crazy...do you have any idea how many times i've seen a song interpreted as being about drugs? some chick thought that because in the song control by puddle of mudd he says "I love the way you smack my ass" it was about smack (heroin). This song is simply about Artis the Spoonman just like aldeayeah said. The band is from the seattle area. actually one of my friends cousin used to party with them all the time till they broke up. so yeah... It's not about white domination, or herion, or jacking off...sorry to burst your bubble tylenol.;)
    MissChuckleson September 06, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti don't know what's worse, everyone thinking it's about heroin, or everyone spelling it as "heroine".
    kelaron December 16, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthence all the references to the hands and beating the rythm... nothing to do with heroin, by the way
    aldeayeahon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSpoonman is about the dominance of "white man" in indian culture. Many years ago we killed the indians off of their land and took it as the USA. Look at the lyrics....the white man "stole" the indian's "rhythm." The song is written in the perspective of an indian who is crying out to the dominant white man, the spoonman, to save him and spare him because he is "together with" the white man's "plan" to dominate North America. "All my friends are Indians..." "all my friends are skeletons." This shows the instant morphing of indians to skeletons with white dominance. The song is definitely about what I say.

    And even if I'm totally off the map, my guess is way fucking closer than "doing heroine."
    TakeOnSnakeon July 21, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWAHTTHE FUCK?? about heroine.. IM SICK OF SEING SONGS INTERPRETED AS BEING ABOUT DRUGS... FOR FUCK SKAE UR THE CUNT ON HEROINE...
    Bort_The_Greaton March 10, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is a great song, im not sure what its about but i dont think its heroine. it really bothers me that some people here think EVERY song is drugs.
    sugarmagikon June 11, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFrom a 1994 interview with chris cornell

    Interviewer: Getting back to Superunknown, the first single was "Spoonman." The song is superficially about Artis the Spoonman, but the underlying sentiment is that rhythm and music have healing properties.

    Chris: It's more about the paradox of who he is and what people perceive him as. He's a street musician, but when he's playing on the street, he is given a value and judged completely wrong by someone else. They think he's a street person, or he's doing this because he can't hold down a regular job. They put him a few pegs down on the social ladder because of how they perceive someone who dresses differently. The lyrics express the sentiment that I much more easily identify with someone like Artis than I would watch him play.
    aza9999on October 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, you're all right. I have spoken with Chriss many times about the meaning of this song and as it happens it's about an Indian who has become addicted to smack and is dying. He has become so drug riddled that he can barely move and makes money to feed his habit by playing the spoons, in a way not dissimilar to a seattle artist by the very name of 'Spoonman', however, these two people are not one. Chriss told me that the line "i'm together with your plan" is a reference to their shared dream of being the first men to co-ordinate the whole world clapping along to the old hippy song 'come together', hence the rather cryptic line "come together with your hands". The 'save' in "save me" is used in the sense of 'except'. What he is getting at is that while everone is clapping he wont be, because the coordination job would be too large for him to participate in the event.
    Oh Peaon July 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMe Seven
    Oh Peaon July 02, 2003   Link

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