"Reach Down" as written by and Chris Cornell....
I had a dream the other night
You were in a bar in the corner on a chair
Wearing a long white leather coat
Purple glasses and glitter in your hair
And you said hey this is where I'm gonna sit
And buy you a drink someday
You were going to the dog shows
But you kinda lost your way
You say now I got all this room
And no money to decorate it, so some
Local customer put me in touch with the man
Upstairs, he said little man you got no
Business gettin' frustrated, you gotta rest
You gotta rest you gotta reach down

And pick the crowd up
Carry back in your hands
To the promised land

Now I had some angel shine my wings, she said
Nothin' but the best for the golden boy
She made me promise not to tell I had her under
A spell singing golden words in a broken voice
And I caught some blessing on the wind I'm
Feeling lighter than a whisper from a dove
I've got no hands to tie behind my back
And I'm sparking like a heart attack, now I've got
Room to spread my wings and my messages of
Love, yes love was my drug, but that's not
What I died of, so don't think of me
Crying louder than some billion dollar baby
'Cause I gotta rest I gotta rest I gotta

Reach down and pick the
Crowd up, carry back in my
Hand to the promised land


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"Reach Down" as written by Chris Cornell

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    General Commentgreat song, i believe it was one of the first written by Cornell that struck up the idea for Temple of The Dog. This project band is amazing, and its indescribable how appreciative i am that these guys grief and rememberance of a friend was something they chose to express through music. A song can mean so much more when you know its origin is in pain that every common person experiences.
    voodoochld000on May 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the whole song is about Andrew Wood.
    PGMon February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI do believe that both this and Say Hello 2 Heaven were about Andrew Wood. The rest of the CD is a tribute to him as well, but more by making good songs through his style.
    TheSilverNobleon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of the greatest pieces ever... a song about powerfull positive energy.. Though the lyrics are not completely the same as the recorded song.. It is quite obvious what the song is about, what Andrew Wood did with his music and fans "pick the crowd up and carry in [his] hands to the promised land". This songs does it everytime to me :D
    RottenChainon January 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh, remember the days when mccready wasnt such a hack. Those were good times
    TheNooseon December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou're a hack.
    bharQon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChris sounds awesome in this song!
    mmbson February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChris sounds awesome in this song!
    mmbson February 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe the first part is about Andrew Wood, as far as the second part I'm not sure.
    Topchrison December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentmcCready is a guitar genius!!! the most underated guitarist of all time
    mccreadyfan12on January 18, 2007   Link

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