"Pillow Of Your Bones" as written by Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider and Writer Unknown,....
The embers of the saint inside of you
Are growing as I'm bathing in your glow
I'm swallowing the poison of your flower
And hanging on the rising of my low
Colorful and falling from your mouth
Like a painted fever in recoil
Like a lie without the pain

On a pillow of your bones
I will lay across the stones
Of your shore until the tide comes crawling back
Throw my pillow on the fire
Make my bed under the eye
Of your moon until the tide comes crawling back

A waning hand on silver granite ways
Will mend my broken limbs and bend my haze
I'm sleeping in the silence of your voice
I'm cradling the peril of my only choice
Colorful and falling from your mouth
Like a painted fever in recoil
Like a lie without the pain

On a pillow of your bones
I will lay across the stone
Of your shore until the tide comes crawling
Throw my pillow on the fire
Make my bed under the eye
Of your moon until the tide comes crawling back

Even though the truth can burn inside or fall behind
I will wander through your open mind
And you will find no lie can hide
Until the tide comes crawling


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"Pillow of Your Bones" as written by Alain Johannes Chris Cornell

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is about drug abuse, gaining a high and the euphoria of the high contrasted with the harshness of reality.

    v.1

    Whatever he's smoking is like a saint. Marijuana, tobacco, and opium have been used in history for spiritual experience. The embers are growing and he's enthusiastic about the high he'll get ("I'm bathing in your glow"). The saint is also a poison, and Chris is smoiking this just to rise the lows of his up emotional ups and downs.

    pre-chorus

    Chris enters a euphoria and differentiates between his physical and spiritual self. Chris acheives a state of high spiritual or mental awareness and refers to his self in reality as "you". i.e. the smoke is colorful and falling from your mouth. The high is compared to a fever and of course there is a recoil from drug abuse. But Chris attains a state of numbness and thus the experience is called a lie without the pain.

    chorus

    Chris continues to refer to his physical self as "you". His normal self is "dead" and spiritually aloof he can lay on all the bones and crap of his every-day life. He can lay down on the shore until the tide comes- until he becomes sober and is swallowed back into the ocean of reality. He doesn't even care about reality in a state like this, so he even throws his own bones in the fire, the ultimate fuck you to reality.

    v. 2

    The high is like a healing hand that wanes, or fades away with time. The references to silver and granite could be allusions to the feelings of relaxation- (leisure or luxury) and spirituality. In his high he can sleep peacefully without listening to the mumbling of his own mind (referring to his actual self as "you" again- "sleeping in the silence of your voice"). And cradling in his only destructive escape from reality, drugs, alchohol, tobacco ("cradling the peril of my only choice").

    He then wanders through his own mind, opened through the euphoria of his high. He then tries to convince himself (you) that drug abuse won't resolve anything ("I will wander through your open mind and you will find no lie can hide")
    im_in_asia_nowon September 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so damn good. If I ever rob a bank, I'm listening to this song while I do it because it pumps me up so much. Incredible song and should have it's own radio station and be played continuously.
    grungetasticon September 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song from this best-kept-secret album. Dark lyrics but the melody is so good...
    Besides I have no idea what they mean. If someone can help me out...
    BenGon March 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much.
    1989Son May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI could be wrong, but I think that this song is about sex. The images are pretty obvious and they all point toward sex.
    nknhon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Like a painted fever in recoil, like a lie without the pain'
    The way he sings that, is just great, makes the song.
    As for a meaning, it's a hard one to dicypher, for sure.
    PureBrillianceon May 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is my favorite song of Chris Cornell.
    Spog Zallagion November 05, 2007   Link

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