"Applebite" as written by and Cornell/cameron....
No one can save
The pure of the brave
No one can save them at all
Grow and decay
Grow and decay
It's only forever

Loosely or tightly
Everything fits
Even the wrist on your arm
Grow and decay
Grow and decay
It's only forever

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    General CommentTo build on what the previous poster said, I read a great interpretation of this song somewhere that suggested it is actually a sort of parable about the fall from the Garden of Eden and original sin (hence the title, "applebite"). "Grow and decay, grow and decay, it's only forever" refers to the fact that humanity must now suffer from old age, disease, and death. "Loosely or tightly, everything fits, even the wrists on your arm" suggests people being bound in chains, further reinforcing our bondage to mortality. Remember, Chris Cornell was raised in Catholic schools.

    This is my favorite Soundgarden song.
    Cepheus84on March 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about scepticism of god and heaven,
    "no one can save the pure or the brave" he emphasises the point by saying "no one can save them at all"
    then it simply states what we all know is true no matter what we believe, that we will live our lives then end up in the ground.
    "grow and decay"
    to look at an apple full of life, thrown on the ground, u know it is going to rot, perhaps he is relating us all to fruit.
    ThayilBeGodon February 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the posters so far have it down pretty good.

    i've found this is a great song to listen to while driving late at night, in a city. try it.
    kelaron December 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthow did this happen?...
    dave_rock716on December 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenttry listening to it on unfamiliar back country roads, its as freaky as shit
    Grungerocker9217on February 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHell, I listen to it in the dark in my room by myself, it was freaky as hell, it's those friggen guitars, and cornells moaning voice.
    Grungehead217on August 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCepheus84, you are the best!
    ThayilBeGodon November 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI listened to this song in the dark while walking the streets at night. Needless to say, I picked up the pace while this song was playing.
    The Honest Liaron September 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like how haunting the sound of this song is. Chris said that he was trying to add some lyrics just so it had something but was still trying to keep it an instrumental. I like that, how the voice in this song (as it is in many) is more thought of as a instrument, and how chris does a lot of vocalizing in sounds and tones that fill in and flesh out the end part of the song, kind of like how he used to begin his live performances when he was touring for his Euphoria Morning solo album. The song is brooding and dark. I think Ben also reffered to it as part of the "Orange Marmalde" set (this was on the into the upside interview) along with some other songs, pretty noose, and head down.. a few others I cant remember, and since Im at work, I cant load up the mp3 and listen to it. Regardless... Excellent song.
    Tiny_Tankon January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI remember hearing a soundbite where Chris Cornell said he would imagine himself as Syd Barrett while singing this song. He went on to say the first Pink Floyd album had imagery he wanted to recreate in this song, it had a timeless quality that was as powerful today as when first recorded.
    jakeordieon August 14, 2009   Link

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