I caught the moon today
Pick it up
And throw it away all right
I got the perfect steal
A cleaner love
With a dirty feel all right
Fallout and take the bait
Eat the fruit
And kiss the snake goodnight

Common ruse, dirty face
Pretty noose is pretty hate
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from

Let your motor race
Pick it up
And get this mother gone
Out from and far away
The wooden stake
This thing has got me on

Diamond rope, silver chain
Pretty noose is pretty pain
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from

Common ruse, dirty face
Pretty noose is pretty hate
And I don't care what you got
I don't care what you need
I don't want anything
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from

And I don't like what you got me hanging from
And I don't like what you got me hanging from
Yeah


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Pretty Noose Lyrics as written by Chris Cornell

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  • +7
    General Comment

    According to Cornell, "Pretty Noose" is about "an attractively packaged bad idea...something that seems great at first and then comes back to bite you."

    Frank Kozik, the director of the song's music video, interpreted the song as "your average bad-girlfriend experience," an interpretation which Cornell agreed with.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Noose

    HibernusMortison March 17, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    I definately see the one-sided relationship thing. I think everyone knows that feeling at some point. It's like being trapped in a noose made of your feelings. It's choking you and the other person has the rope in their hands cause when you love someone more than they love you, they always have that control.

    And then sometimes you don't even have to love the person more for them to have the control, sometimes they're just evil and conniving hidden under a beautiful mask...hence the pretty noose.

    WinterOnyxon April 29, 2004   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation

    I would agree with most of the commenters that this is a song about being stuck in a relationship where the woman has control. Nobody has mentioned the sexual imagery though.

    The first part is about what was to be a one night stand.

    "I caught the moon today Pick it up And throw it away all right" - Moon = piece of ass. Pick it up, throw it away. One night stand.

    A cleaner love With a dirty feel all right Fallout and take the bait Eat the fruit And kiss the snake goodnight - She seems innocent enough but just dirty enough to be hot. Eat the fruit (=peach = vagina) Kiss the snake goodnight = BJ

    Pretty Noose = the vaginal opening is the same shape of a noose.

    Let your motor race Pick it up And get this mother gone - Motor = Libido and its racing. He wants to do her and get out of there because he already knows shes bad news.

    Out from and far away The wooden stake This thing has got me on - When he's away from her, even though he knows she's bad for him, his "wooden stake" still wants her and he's essentially bound to the desires of the stake.

    Diamond rope silver chain Pretty noose is pretty pain And I don't like What you got me hanging from - As others have pointed out, "Diamond Rope, Silver Chain" sounds like marriage. Its both beautiful and painful to love someone that drives you nuts.

    The writer was definitely pussywhipped and had a love/hate relationship with the owner of said pussy

    Cawdoron December 03, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I thought it might be about being dissattisfied with the record label. They feel they're in a pretty noose? I have no supporting evidence to back this statement up with! Is there any?

    Oh Peaon July 02, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    A fucking amazing song... one of my favourites... was really hooked on this one for a while

    Given-To-Flyon June 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Like sillybilly said. But I wonder if there's a hint of being torn on wanting to leave, even if you could?

    Thunderbolton November 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    It's about a very bad idea that looks good at the time.

    ***on February 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    By far one of soundgarden's best songs. I think its about someone making it look like they are treating you really good and making your life better...but really the just have you in a "pretty noose."

    Soundgarden1019on February 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This one is awesome, this is what you say to someone who put you into a situation that you don't like... "...And I don't like what you got me hanging from"

    unexplained28on January 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    The intro riff is just fucking sexy in my opinion, dripping with wah and awesomeness.

    fade_out_againon February 19, 2007   Link

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