"Fresh Tendrils" as written by and Cornell/cameron....
Long time coming
It seemed to take me through
Long time coming
Many served the few
And long to taste the shame
That bows down before you

Long time coming
It seemed to get me by
Long time coming
It seemed to satisfy
You longed to taste the shame
That everybody tries

Shame shame
Throw yourself away
Give me little bits of more than I can take
If it sits upon your tongue Or naked in your eyes
Give me little bits of More than I can try

Throw yourself away
Throw yourself away

Long time coming
It seemed to take me through
Long time coming
Many served the few
And long to taste the shame
That bows down before you

Yeah

Shame shame
Throw yourself away
Give me little bits of More than I can take
If it sits upon your tongueOr naked in your eyes
Give me little bits of More than I can try

(Throw yourself away)

Long time coming, long time coming


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"Fresh Tendrils" as written by Chris Cornell Matthew Cameron

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  • +5
    General CommentIt's beautiful and disgusting what women can do to you.
    Aqueous Dispositionon October 04, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment!

    Definitely fitting in with the "newborn" theme of the rest of the album, the title refers to "tendrils", which are defined as:

    "A twisting, threadlike structure by which a twining plant, such as a grape or cucumber, grasps an object or a plant for support. "

    So basically a fresh, or newborn child, clings to his mother or father like a tendril. The lyrics make a lot more sense that way, referring to a child biting off more than it can chew- longing to enter the world that everyone seems to hate. The "Shame shame throw yourself away" line is like a parent angrily ranting almost sarcastically to her child.

    Or that's how I take it.
    Schizimaon December 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI see this as a song about the dislike of the structure of relationships
    Lateralus518on November 20, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe War on Drugs has done a lot of awful things but the absolute worst is the influence it's had on song interpretation.

    But this song does seem to be about drugs, specifically alcohol. It sounds like it's about a teetotaller who takes up alcohol to help them out socially with fitting-in but eventually becomes addicted, leading to feelings of shame that he conformed rather than be himself.

    "seemed to take me through, get me by, satisfy, etc." - drinking helping him fit-in with others and giving him relief from problems

    "many served the few" - drinkers encouraging teetotallers to drink

    "give me little bits of more than I can take, try, etc." - the teetotaller commits himself to taking-up drinking and encourages offers of more shots, different drinks etc.

    "that everybody tries" - very few people never try alcohol
    acphenomon April 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about manipulation of men by women.
    AntiPop245on April 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was about alcohol addiction
    Yer_Maon August 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy does everything any heavy band from the 90's writes have to be about drugs? Shame, shame, throw yourself away - doesn't that seem like something a hateful parent would say? "What the hell is wrong with you? Why don't you do me a favor and get the hell out of my life?". Seeing how Cornell seemed to maybe have had problems with his dad (taking this from his newest solo album) it could be about the way he felt when his dad talked down to him in the past? "If it sits upon your tongue or naked in your eye" - If its so close to being a complete thought you can almost say it but its not quite there or if its so blatantly obvious its right in front of you. My point is with this is look into the lyrics before assuming "OH MY GOD THIS SONG IS ABOUT DRUGS". Give Cornell more credit than that.
    tsax421on January 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think theres some drug elements in it but i agree with the parent/child interpretation, on account of the title... i always thought of the "shame shame throw yourself away" line as something a parent or teacher would say to a kid. and for some reason this song really, really reminds me of the show malcolm in the middle, if thats relevant to anyone.
    SludgeGarden13on March 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has a very cool sound and vibe. Very mellow and heavy at the same time, I love it.
    Musicmutton August 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentilove this song the lyrics are amazing and the music is top quality
    parabola 17on June 06, 2005   Link

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