"Tighter & Tighter" as written by and Cornell....
Shadow face
Blowing smoke and talking wind
Lost my grip
Fell too far to start again
A sudden snake
Found my shape and tells the world
Remember this
Remember everything is just black
Or burning sun

And I hope it's a sweet ride
Sleep tight for me
Sleep tight for me I'm gone

Warm and sweet
Swinging from a windows ledge
Tight and deep
One last sin before I'm dead
A sucking holy wind
Will take me from this bed tonight
And bloody wits
Another hits me and I have to say goodbye

And I hope it's a sweet ride
Here for me tonight
'Cause I feel I'm going
Feel I'm slowing down


Lyrics submitted by jt

"Tighter & Tighter" as written by Chris Cornell

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Tighter & Tighter song meanings
Add your thoughts

20 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    General CommentI agree with the very first post. Suicide or leaving someone you love, which can be like suicide (no pun intended) of your soul. I don't care to dissect all the lines, but some of my favorite lines are:

    "Lost my grip, fell too far to start again"
    I know exactly how this feels. Basically saying that life has taken it's toll and knocked you down and you don't want to get back up anymore.

    "A sudden snake, found my shape and tells the world
    Remember this, remember everything is just black or burning sun"
    I feel like this line is saying, when the shit went down, it exposed who I really am, which is someone who doesn't want to live.

    This song defines just how versatile and brilliant Soundgarden was. This is certainly one of the hidden gems, not just from Down on the Upside but all SG tunes.

    schism206on June 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my two favorite songs off "Down on the Upside". And I agree... it's either about death or having to go far far away (I'm thinking more towards death). Chris Cornell's a great lyricist too.
    jc6mdon January 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is very uncharacteristic of me to say this cas i am sick of all the people thinking cornell is a stoner because of the black hole sun video clip but this song to me just screams out DRUG ADDICTION.

    I know the chris had drug addictions when he was younger and is not proud of them and his shame is the shadow on his face as he uses drugs again,
    "Shadow face
    Blowing smoke and talking wind"
    plus talking wind means he is bullshitting and his words amount to bullshit when he is doing this.
    and yah it goes on, sweet ride is getting high
    sudden snake is cravings
    fell too far to start again means it fucked him up so much why would he want to do it anymore.

    there is so much stoner imagery
    black or burning sun
    he is depressed without this escapism of drugs
    anyway thats my interpretation
    ThayilBeGodon September 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you read the lyrics to "Like a Stone" by Audioslave this makes more sense
    superunkn0wnon February 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMight as well light the blunt. I love this song. I'm listening to it right now in fact. Long live Soundgarden.
    JJusticia1584on July 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about sleep paralysis and shadow man a.k.a. the Old Hag... Cheers!
    Ceasaron June 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about someone with a terminal disease, who spends his last living night with his soul mate, knowing full well he will be dead and gone in the morning.
    Vozzyon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know it's completly off, but it makes me think that the guy is a superhero of some sort or wants to be...
    He's looking for/knows he's going into danger and he hopes for a thrill.

    Either that or he's sneaking out before his girlfriend wakes up... ;)
    ***on July 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song and overfloater are the my two favorite songs on down on the upside
    Overfloateron May 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo say cornell wasnt on drugs during down on the upside, is rediculous...did you see him in the videos off those albums? In Blow up the outside world he looked so skinny it was scary

    This song is about hoping that the drug he has just bought/taken will actually have effect. A real junky mentality that cornell either experienced once, because it would seem past tense.

    Either way this song is the shit, i love it. Overfloater, never named and this song are the best off the album
    cowelly1991on November 26, 2007   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain