"Shadow On The Sun" as written by Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford and Tom Morello....
Once upon a time I was of the mind
To lay your burden down
And leave you where you stood
And you believed I could
You'd seen it done before
I could read your thoughts
Tell you what you saw
And never say a word
Now all that is gone
Over with and done, never to return

I can tell you why
People die alone
I can tell you I'm
A shadow on the sun

Staring at the loss
Looking for a cause
And never really sure
Nothing but a hole
To live without a soul
And nothing to be learned

I can tell you why
People go insane
I can show you how
You could do the same
I can tell you why
The end will never come
I can tell you I'm
A shadow on the sun

Shapes of every size
Move behind my eyes
Doors inside my head
Bolted from within
Every drop of flame
Lights a candle in
Memory of the one
Who lives inside my skin

I can tell you why
People go insane
I can show you how
You could do the same
I can tell you why
The end will never come
I can tell you I'm
A shadow on the sun

Shadow on the sun, shadow on the sun
Shadow on the sun, shadow on the sun
Shadow on the sun, shadow on the sun
Shadow on the sun, shadow on the sun
Sun, sun


Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by despondent

"Shadow on the Sun" as written by Chris Cornell Timothy Commerford

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    General Commentto me videos and movies warp the actual meaning of a song but thats just me, and I wont relate it to the movie collateral. having that said i think it is about someone has such a connection with another person that they knew what each other wanted without saying anything.

    Once upon a time I was of the mind
    To lay your burden down
    And leave you where you stood
    And you believed I could
    You'd seen it done before
    I could read your thoughts
    Tell you what you saw
    And never say a word
    But now all that is gone
    Over with and done
    Never to return

    Then one of the two was lost to a death or some other cause and the one that was left just felt that there was nothing left to live for and became lifeless, and as for being the shadow on the sun, to me that means when others look at that person all they see is something that could have been brighter but became a shadow due to the loss that was suffered.

    I can tell you why
    People die alone
    I can tell you I'm
    A shadow on the sun

    Staring at the loss
    Looking for a cause
    And never really sure
    Nothing but a hole
    To live without a soul
    And nothing to be learned

    I can tell you why
    People go insane
    I can show you how
    You could do the same
    I can tell you why
    The end will never come
    I can tell you I'm
    A shadow on the sun

    As for the last verse I believe that it refers to how there is still things going on within that person but he/she shuts everyone out because they feel like they are alone in the world and when they remember (drop of flame) the one that was lost they remember what life was like before the one was lost.

    Shapes of every size
    Move behind my eyes
    Doors inside my head
    Bolted from within
    Every drop of flame
    Lights a candle in
    Memory of the one
    Who lived inside my skin

    That is what this song means to me broken down into a few parts, hope this can add to some conversation and give those that have no opinions something to go off of.
    Okey Wanon June 07, 2005   Link

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