You wired me awake
And hit me with a hand of broken nails
You tied my lead and pulled my chain
To watch my blood begin to boil

But I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

Too cold to start a fire
I'm burning diesel burning dinosaur bones
I'll take the river down to still water
And ride a pack of dogs

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

Hits like a Phillips head into my brain
It's gonna be too dark to sleep again
Cutting my teeth on bars and rusty chains
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

When the forest burns along the road
Like God's eyes in my headlights
When the dogs are looking for their bones
And it's raining icepicks on your steel shore

I'm gonna break
I'm gonna break my
I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run


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    General CommentI agree with the abuse theories. Chris Cornell's parents were Irish Catholics and they split when he was a kid. His mom's maiden name is Cornell and Chris, as well as his siblings, changed his last name to this from Boyle. Maybe his dad was abusive and that's where he got the inspiration to write Rusty Cage. This is probably one of my favourite Soundgarden songs. Anything after Bad Motorfinger sucks.
    kylekrazeon December 15, 2005   Link

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