Chris Cornell (1964 - 2017) Tribute List

May 18, 2017
Rocker Chris Cornell died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 52. Cornell was the lead singer and lyricist of Soundgarden, a band that achieved mainstream success in the 1990s on the backs of their hard rocking sound and the disturbing video for their biggest hit, "Black Hole Sun," off of their album "Superunknown." Prior to Soundgarden, Cornell also sang for Temple of the Dog along with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and after Soundgarden, Cornell fronted the supergroup Audioslave. For his fans,Cornell's stage presence transcended pop culture fads and MTV airplay, and his lyrics were brimming with a pain his soulful voice seemed specifically designed to express.
I don't mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can't feed on the powerless
When my cup's already overfilled
- Temple of the Dog, "Hunger Strike"
In my eyes
In disguise
As no one knows
Hides the face
Lies the snake
And the sun
In my disgrace
- Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun
We see you try
We see you fail
Some things never change
We hear you cry
We hear you wail
We steal that smile from your face
- Soundgarden "Head Down"
Safe outside my gilded cage
With an ounce of pain
I wield a ton of rage
- Soundgarden, "Like Suicide"
Safe outside my gilded cage
With an ounce of pain
I wield a ton of rage
-Soundgarden, "Like Suicide"
Common ruse dirty face
Pretty noose is pretty hate
And I don't like
What you got me hanging from
- Soundgarden, "Pretty Noose"
Painted blue across my eyes
And tie the linen on
And I'm on my way
Looking for the paradigm
So I can pass it off
Is it on my side
Is it to the sky
Looking to the sky and down
Searching for a ground
With my good eye closed
- Soundgarden, "Searching with my Good Eye Closed"
rigor mortis
I can count it on my fingers
I've got all my reasons not to feel
I'm numb as rigor mortis
Scared by monkey faces
Drowned in shark fins
But I don't feel like feeling
Feeling like you
- Soundgarden, "Face Pollution"
I'm not a martyr, I'm not a prophet,
And I won't preach to you, but here's a caution;
You better understand, that I won't hold your hand,
But if it helps you mend, then I won't stop it.
- Audioslave, "Cochise"
Now the spires and the gables
grow in orchards to the sky
And the blessings on my table
multiply and divide
-Audioslave, "Out of Exile"

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