"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 CommentPalestinian has the right idea. The song is (quite possibly, since I can't read Chris Cornell's mind) about a person who was deeply in love with someone. They were once in a relationship with that person, and thought that it would last. But complications arose, and they later discovered that the relationship was impossible. Yet, they still long for that person, but there's nothing that they can do.

    The title, Shadow On The Sun, is mentioning the impossibility of the relationship. Nothing can create a shadow on the sun, because the sun is the source of light which creates that shadow. But because nothing is brighter than our sun, a shadow cannot be created on it's surface. The fact that he's refering to himself as "a shadow on the sun" is because he's found it impossible in himself to continue seeing this person, whatever their problem may be. It's a grandiose metaphor for his state of mind.

    Jeez, it's too late at night to be lost in philosophical song analyzation. @_@;
    Jeffirothon August 01, 2006   Link

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