"Pretty Noose" as written by and Chris Cornell....
I caught the moon today
Pick it up
And throw it away all right
I got the perfect steal
A cleaner love
With a dirty feel all right
Fallout and take the bait
Eat the fruit
And kiss the snake goodnight

Common ruse dirty face
Pretty noose is pretty hate
And I don't like
What you got me hanging from

Let your motor race
Pick it up
And get this mother gone
Out from and far away
The wooden snake
This thing has got me on

Diamond rope silver chain
Pretty noose is a pretty pain
And I don't like
What you got me hanging from

I don't care what you got
I don't care what you need
I don't want anything
And I don't like what
You got me hanging from

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"Pretty Noose" as written by Chris Cornell

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    General CommentAccording to Cornell, "Pretty Noose" is about "an attractively packaged bad idea...something that seems great at first and then comes back to bite you."

    Frank Kozik, the director of the song's music video, interpreted the song as "your average bad-girlfriend experience," an interpretation which Cornell agreed with.

    HibernusMortison March 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits probably about a one sided relationship where the pretty noose is a girl who controls her lover
    treestumpon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definately see the one-sided relationship thing. I think everyone knows that feeling at some point. It's like being trapped in a noose made of your feelings. It's choking you and the other person has the rope in their hands cause when you love someone more than they love you, they always have that control.

    And then sometimes you don't even have to love the person more for them to have the control, sometimes they're just evil and conniving hidden under a beautiful mask...hence the pretty noose.
    WinterOnyxon April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite song ever, and it's about how you jump into things that once looked so attractive but in truth are really bad ideas.
    markslon February 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with marksl, its about things that look good but really arent
    eigthon June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is incredible. It is by far the best song chris cornell has released since temple of the dog released "hunger strike" way back when. I believe that treestump is right because it is obviously about a girl who isn't at all as she appears on the outside.
    BC4221on July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"diamond rope, silver chain"

    ^ sounds like a marriage to me
    aldeayeahon March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOmfg... thios song... soo good love soundgarden soo much
    Bort_The_Greaton April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it might be about being dissattisfied with the record label. They feel they're in a pretty noose? I have no supporting evidence to back this statement up with! Is there any?
    Oh Peaon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis video is awesome, especially when they are playing pool and the sexy devil is dancing in the background.
    Superunknownon September 28, 2004   Link

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