"Four Walled World" as written by Stone C. Gossard and Christopher J. Cornell....
Well she cried and she cried
All night to the sound of the freeway hum
And she swears she'll be gone
When the sun hits the ground
And she ain't comin' back to my cell
To my cell
Ooh

Well she's tired and she's tired
Of this life she's been leadin' too long
And the time turns around
Through the walls that surround
To the chimes of a jailer's song

Oh, but in my four
In my four
In my four, mu four walled world
In my four
In my four
In my four, my four walled world

Yeah, she tries and she tries
But my feet they just won't leave the ground
And I'm tired and I'm tired
Of this prisoner's life, and these chains that drag me down

Oh, but in my four
In my four
In my four in my four walled world
Yeah, in my four
Oh, in my four
In my four my four walled world

Well she cried and she cried
All night to the sound of the freeway hum
And she swears she'll be gone
When the sun hits the ground
And she ain't, no she ain't comin' back to my cell

Now the sun is low
These walls try to break my soul
Now the moon is full
And I won't see nothin' tonight but the tear in her eyes
In my four
Yeah, in my four
Yeah in my four walled world
Yeah, in my four my four, yeah my four
Oh, my four walled world
Yeah, in my four walled world
In my four, in my four walled world
Yeah in my four, in my four
In my four walled world, yeah, yeah
In my four world, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, in my four
In my four walled world, yeah
Four, in my four, in my four walled world, yeah
In my four walled world


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  • +4
    General CommentI take this song a different way. It seems to me that his four walled wall isn't an actual prison but it's this bad world he's created for himself that feels like a prison because he can't leave it or change it, not even for the woman he loves.
    He doesn't mention anything about committing a crime to get into prison so I think he's using it metaphorically.
    This girl loves him and is trying to rescue him but eventually she realises that it's impossible to change a person and that he doesn't actually want to change.
    "Well she tries and she tries
    But my feet just won't leave the ground ."
    Love this song coz I've been through a similar thing, loves Cornell's voice too, just below All Night Thing in my all-time favourites list.
    ---twigs---on September 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell i think it's about heroin or some other drug and these four walls are addiction.only his girlfriend can help him to escape but ..
    heliobalioneon September 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt sounds like she's trying to help him escape, but he can't muster the courage or willpower to do so. Best evidence is the lines: "Well she tries and she tries but my feet just won't leave the ground and I'm tired and I'm tired"
    Pellucidon May 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of cornell's best vocal performances
    dirt388on February 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite song on the album actually
    havana4saleon December 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like twigs interpretation... but here's another.

    Keeping in mind that this whole album is written as a means of dealing with the grief of losing his good friend and roommate, the context of the situation that it was written in has to be considered.

    The whole song is about the prison of his addiction and the 'woman' of the tale is the drug he's on. The first verse is about the small amount he has, how the drops from the needle look like tears, and how it will be gone by morning. The second verse could be about how the further along the addiction he gets, the less effect the drug has and the 'chimes of a jailors song' the inevitable ringing of his dealers phone for each time he needs a hit.

    I think the 'four walled world' is his reality as he's sunken so deep into his addiction that even the simple act of leaving his apartment/room is too much... that he's so addicted that not even the drugs (i.e the girlfriend) can lift him up enough to escape.

    The final verse has him trying so hard to feel the elation of the first time, so much so that he overdoses, with tears of despair from not even feeling normal anymore. The slide into night and not seeing anything anymore is him succumbing to the inevitable death by OD.

    CaptainQuinnon June 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, that's what I think too twigs; a metephorical prison of which he created for himself and this other person.
    havana4saleon December 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthink twigs is 100% dead on.
    laniferouson December 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think twigs is right... And I like the title of this; the prison is his world.
    DJgifon February 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMakes me think of someone who is either addicted to drugs and severely depressed and just never gets out of bed. The room around them becomes their four-walled world.
    Tig45on January 26, 2012   Link

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