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Soundgarden Black Hole Sun Lyrics

Last updated: 03/11/2013 04:14:05 PM

In my eyes, indisposed
In disguise as no one knows
Hides the face, lies the snake
The sun in my disgrace
Boiling heat, summer stench
'Neath the black the sky looks dead
Call my name through the cream
And I'll hear you scream again


Black hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won't you come
Won't you come

Stuttering, cold and damp
Steal the warm wind tired friend
Times are gone for honest men
And sometimes far too long for snakes
In my shoes, a walking sleep
And my youth I pray to keep
Heaven send Hell away
No one sings like you anymore

Chorus x 2

Hang my head, drown my fear
Till you all just disappear

Repeat chorus til end

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Trust | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/6/13

I think the black hole sun is supposed to come and suck up all the snakes like a gigantic vacuum cleaner, like a man-eating snake. Yeah the song is about living in a world where it's hard to trust people.

A smirking smile | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/31/12

To Maria Magdala (who wrote before; back in the 2011): I agree with your way of enviewing it. The prophecies written by John "Boanerges", the beloved disciple. Let me, please, send you a fraternal kiss, dear Oracle. Elijah of Tishb.

SMART LYRICS | Reviewer: Charlie E | 9/7/12

I think nobody will be able to say what the lyrics in the song really mean, not even Chris Cornell. It's just a matter of personal interpretation. But the combination of the lyrics and the melody make up a fantastic song. Personally I think it's about growing old. As you grow old, you sadly realize that there is a lot of injustice in this world and that good not always triumph over evil, as you're told when you're a kid reading fairy tales and watching fantasy movies. The whole message of the song revolves around the phrase "times are gone for honest men". Indeed they are.

'End Time' / Galactic Alignment. | Reviewer: Miriam Migdal | 6/11/11

My Spirit Guides had guided me to libraries and book shops on about 50 occasions between March equinox 1996 and September equinox 2008, where each time I found a book about an esoteric subject, or less frequently one about archaeological prehistory which was topically related to those esoteric ones, ultimately causing me to understand that we are now in the 'end times': not of mankind but of our cultural excesses - the end of the 'Kali Yuga'. The Black Hole Sun would be a name given to an astronomical / astrological body which has a loving awareness of us, or is at least a channel for this loving awareness, whose imminent movement in space relative to our Earth constitutes in effect the Galactic Alignment. Read, Galactic Alignment, by John Major Jenkins, 2002, Bear & Co publishers. There are so many people in the world just now because we were always meant to return together at the End Time, the bad with the good, to be given a last chance for being chosen prior to the population being suddenly, greatly reduced (Revelation to John the Divine); the world being destroyed this time by fire (burning fossil fuels - pollution and CO2). The prayer to be chosen is: "I pray to Jehova in Jesus' name and ask for forgiveness, help and guidance." Three times while facing north at noon. You'll somehow know when to say this. Carbon has six protons, six neutrons and six electrons: 6,6,6. We are made of 'the Beast' (carbon) which has an awareness and agenda of its own, which is why 6,6,6 is 'the number of a man'. I am chosen, I have loved you all very much.
p.s: thank you Dan Brown for helping me to discover who I was 2000 years ago. And thank you also Black Hole Sun, Helios, the Moon and Zeus.
All is forgiven - Mary Magdalene.

I love this song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/1/11

I love this song and I think it's about Death and how beautiful it is and how he wants to die. As says here: Black hole sun won't you come and wash away the rain. Black hole sun is Death and the rain is his life

Cornell's a smart guy... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/21/11

A lot of you are posting intelligent theories and meanings for this song. Although I do agree with quite a few of them, and get where you're coming from, I think it's very likely that Cornell implies multiple meanings and themes in the song. He's a smart guy. It wouldn't surprise me if this song was about a cataclysm, mankind's evil AND Kurt Cobain, along with other things.

Amazing song, and lyrically it's a piece of outstanding poetry. Peace.

About the songs lyrics | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/19/11

To everyone whos inquiring about what this song is about - Its actually about the coming of planet X,or the cataclysm thats headed for us. Something that comes into our solar system and wreaks havoc every 3600 years. Now you can say I dont know what Im talking about,,but I have inside info that the song is about just that. Believe what you want.

Take something from the song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/17/11

odd, I completely get the meaning, and how everyone's a snake, and how man's existence is disgusting, blah blah blah, but, I guess what I'm really getting at here is that I'm comfortable with it. People can be so heartless and cold, you know, self-preservation is more important than looking out for others. I guess why I'm so comfortable with it is that, even though I despise what mankind is, I'm going to do everything that's in my power to be everything that is good. I'll never sell-out, steal or cheat. I hope people can see this song as a horrible objective picture of what mankind is, and take something from it, and better themselves as a result. Sort of a pay-it-forward type deal.

PLEASE STOP!! BAD SONG! | Reviewer: pied piper | 12/25/10

I come from a musically inclined family, of which we all have a keen sense of poetry. i made this profile strictly to warn all of you. I was entranced by this song when i first heard it, but now that i know what it means i hope i never hear it again. PLEASE LISTEN this song in itself was written as a play on words. the chorus itself reads black hole "sun" wont you come to wash away the "rain". not enough room to explain but email me at for the full explanation.

Amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/4/10

This song is about humanity's, and more specifically the music industry's, deceptive nature. It cries out, in a beautifully destructive plea, for a cleansing of biblical proportions. Over a decade after its release, it is still hauntingly relevant.

disturbing video | Reviewer: Todd | 9/3/10

Yeah, I can relate to the person who said the song makes them cringe. The song has a hook and is catchy in a way, but in the same vein the tune conveys a sense of hopelessness, destruction and a lack of redemption. Watch the video and it will compound this sense even further.

proper music? not anymore! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/14/10

I think this song is about the american dream that people want to achieve. This has come popular through soap operas, etc. alltogether ENTERTAINMENT. The line "No one sings like you anymore" means to me, that really faboulous music was and is often "overheard" because some TV Channels say that this little Disney kiddos (for example) are totally in. The new generation is growing up with blond lolitalike girls, boys that sing playback and they all sound the same. In former times music was music, the people played not to become famous, but to share their feelings etc. with the world.

This is a beautiful song. | Reviewer: Andrew | 7/27/10

I love this song. For those of us who grew up in the early to mid 90's, music like this is sorely missed. Every time I hear this song I can't help but be overwhelmed with nostalgic feelings. Good stuff.

As an aside, while there is indeed great evil, both obvious and hidden, in the world, there is also great beauty and generosity. This apathetic, fatalistic garbage that endlessly pours from the mouths of weak, scared children is pathetic. Even with heartbreak and suffering around the corner for all us (relatively speaking considering real suffering, i.e. mass starvation and genocide occurring around the world), we have an obligation to live life to the fullest for those who don't have that chance. 2012? Grow up.

2012 | Reviewer: jay.d.s | 7/14/10

the world ending in 2012 doesn't worry me i wish i could muster the feelings to care but i can't no one leaves this world alive, better sooner than later to skip the suffering and the heartache, 2012's not a minute too soon

@Lego | Reviewer: Chris Barnett | 5/20/10

To me im not a hundred and ten percent sure but it sounds like he's saying at 3:38 the guy in the background is screaming: Black hole sun! Won't you come?! Won't you come?! in a really high pitched plea that sound like propaganda from a distance :)