I've got war on my mind blood on my hands
And love on my head
So open your hands open your mouth
Let it be said
You know I've got it made in my mind
Don't waste my time it's not going to change
So say what you want spit it out loud

And I'll pay no attention

They're gonna tell you where to walk
When to smile and just what to say
They say have your own flu
Make your own mind
And don't make waves
But if you got a handful of change
Don't throw it away it's gonna come
So say what you want, suck all my
Suck on my brain

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No Attention Lyrics as written by Cornell

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    General Commentnot many have commented, i really like this song trully underatted
    parabola 17on June 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSocrates was at the Port of Piraeus to see some festivities. He soon turned and began to walk home to Athens. However, Polemarchus, son of Cephalus, and seen him and sent his slave running to tug on the old man's tunic and bid him to stay. So Socrates waited. Polemarchus soon caught up, and asked Socrates to stay. Socrates tried to leave but Polemarchus threatened him- "Do you see how many I have brought with me? We will overpower you and force you to stay, at least until the after the horse-race and a nice light supper."

    Socrates was considered the most persuasive, rational man in the world. "Isn't there any way I can convince you to let an old man go home?"

    "No, because whatever you're saying, we're not going to listen to it."

    Not, by far, the only Socrates reference buried in a Soundgarden song.
    stogieon January 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo-one will tell me what to do and if they do, I'll pay no attention to them
    Harry Manbackon August 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou're expected to live and act a certain way, always being told what to do...but i'm not going to listen, not going to pay attention to them
    nikKi_21on June 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI get the song pretty literally. I think the message is quite explicit in this case. The song shares the view of the hole album which outstands the fact that you should let the voice inside guide you no matter what. Society, or your parents, or your obligations might opress you, still you have to fight that to let yourself free. Generalizing, you'll find that everyone's alone in that fight (though some (many) people might not have it) and human itself is destined to struggle in order to find a place (alone, "down on the upside") in this world.
    nigrou52on January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I thought,"Holy guacamole! This joink is
    R-O-C-K-I-N'!" While it is deceptively simple, it manages to get Chris's very succinct, explicit point across, while staying a classic Soundgarden jam. Praise the Lord that the Knights of the Soundtable ride again!!!
    RacketManon April 04, 2013   Link

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