"Nothing to Say" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
Someone says my words are out of balance
Nothing to say
Dying words I bury everyday
Nothing to say

You've got nothing to say, nothing to say

Bog bad words spell it with four letters
Nothing to say
Oh my God, your words are out of balance
Nothing to say

Nothing but one thing
You've got nothing, nothing to say


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"Nothing to Say" as written by Kim A. Thayil Christopher J. Cornell

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about when you don't have anything to say. My favorite SG song.
    Musicmutton August 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've listend to this song for a long time, and it at first I thought I understood it.

    Basically the meaning of the song comes from the line

    "Big bad word spell it with four letters"

    That tells you all. At first I figured it meant Fuck. and that the song was just about being vulgar. But going through somethings myself, I thought of something else.

    Try thinking like this. You say the "Big bad word spell it with four letters" which I think now, is "Love"

    If you say you love someone to a person who isn't ready, it might be that "My words are out of balance" and if you feel that, then you may habve "Nothing to say"

    And dying words may be those words of love, burying everday means that each day your love dies a little more, and you begin to bury more and more of your loving "dying" words.

    Btw, these lyrics are a little off, parts of the song change the words from "you've" to "i've", as in both people are silent.

    Soundgarden fucking rocks
    OrigGrungeGangstaon February 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about drug addiction/usage and its consequences. Not many people realize it because the lyrics here are missing the very MAIN line, repeated over and over in the song.

    When the song starts, the creepy voice before drums says, "Asking Hands Having Nothing But Wanting". This line is repeated after every verse.

    HERE ARE THE LYRICS

    Asking Hands Having Nothing But The Wanting (WANTING means addicted to drugs and wants them)

    Someone says my words are out of balance (Someone owns about the addition and reprimands him)
    Nothing to say, you've got nothing to say (Some reprimanding says to him)
    Dying words I bury everyday (He realizes it and feels no emotions, but wants drugs (addicted))
    Nothing to say, you've got nothing to say (He realizes that he is addicted to it)

    This song is about drug use and addiction.
    Abstruseon April 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has changed over time after to listening to it heaps. I kinda agree with OrigGrungeGangsta. Supposing the four letter word is LOVE, its about all the consequences of saying the word love to another person. I think the song is asking why it matters so much that to say it at the right time and why its so important that people mean it when they say it.

    Also, it could be someone who loves someone telling them they do and then because that person doesn't love in return, they have nothing to say.
    angertrainon January 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is spooky, I love it.

    And the lyrics..."Dying words I bury everyday, nothing, I've got nothing to say", it's cold.
    Dreamlandscapeon April 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts cool because i totally feel him on this one. Makes me wanna go out and smash some punks face in though........
    Audiogarden1on February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favourite Soundgarden song. The guitar and the vocals are amazing.
    jeenioon May 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like everyone elses interpretation of this song. Its pretty heavy. I've always thought that the song is from the perspective of someone who has something to say that is so close to the truth that no one wants to hear it. So by rejecting the truth the other people have "nothing to say".
    angertrainon May 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't look that far into it. According to some of you, these bands only sing about drugs. The meaning is in the title and the most repeated verse- nothing to say.
    randyman28on March 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about censorship and not allowing people to say what they want...Someone said my words are out of balance...big bad word, spell you with four letters...and I'm pretty sure its "dirty words are buried everyday", not dying words...
    soundjonon January 23, 2012   Link

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