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Song Released: 2003


Like a Stone Lyrics

on a cold wet afternoon
in a room full of emptiness
by a freeway i confess
i was lost in the pages
of a book full of death
reading how we'll die alone
and if we're good we'll lay to rest
anywhere we want to go

(chorus)
in your...

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    anonymous
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    Apr 25th, 2007 4:15pm report


    If anyone of you were real Audioslave fans then you would have seen the DVD by now where Chris Cornell himself explained what the theme of like a stone is. obviously considering he WROTE it then it would be correct.

    The song is about sitting in an empty house watching the people you are close to dying around you and waiting for your turn. He also believes that heaven is what you make it so the place where you are happiest is the place you wish to go when you die.

    This comes from a teenager so all you genius adults should get your stories straight.
    =]



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    Sarkamen
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    Oct 5th, 2005 10:00pm report


    Cornell's vision, or perhaps experience, of himself sitting in a car, motel, or some other such thing along a freeway, reading the bible. I'm not very familiar with Cornell's history, but I'll suggest that he was raised to be religious (catholic is my guess, I could be wrong), but strayed away from this path, most likely during his teenage years. Now however that he's older and more experience, he regrets his rashness as a youth, and his assoreted sins as a man, and wonders if that'll prohibit him from entering heaven (his father's house).

    I'll suggest that the song appears to be a prayer in itself, as the "you" in this case represents God, and Cornell's sense of abandonment, and an expression of his desire for God (or perhaps religion as an abstract concept) to come back to him. He even expresses that he's no longer as impatient as when he was young ("Room by room patiently").



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    anonymous
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    Nov 16th, 11:01pm report


    He's reading the Bible in a hotel room. it's about hoping for the promise that there is god and that there is something after death, if you are dutiful believer. And that even IN death, you will just lay there waiting for that promise to be kept, like a stone. Waiting. It's actually more about being mind-numbed by religion to believe. Shaping your life, all in the hopes of "the promise". And how in the end, we are nothing but alone. Laying in the ground like a stone. But here, read this and believe you won't be, its better to go out that way. Please just don't let it end, and be nothing. So we have created this fantasy of Heaven through religion. And all those burial plots we all buy and are buried, those are the "rooms" we all sit in, alone, waiting patiently to be with him in his house (heaven), like a stone.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 29th, 2013 9:25pm report


    The book he is referring to is the Bible he is reading it. understands he needs forgiveness for all that he has done. He has a fear of death because of his past like a pagan he will pray to anything that will get him to Heaven But comes to the conclusion..In your house I long to be (Gods house)..I will wait for you there like a stone.. (unmoving) I will wait for you there alone (face to face no one else to intervene just himself) Clearly wants redemption



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    anonymous
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    Apr 30th, 2013 4:45pm report


    It's not the wine was bled. The One was bled.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 24th, 2012 11:18am report


    A friend of my husband said to me tht my husband would hear tht song a lot .. a couple of days before he killed himself ... I didn't kno about this.. So... I what to kno the meaning of this song!??



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    anonymous
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    Nov 22nd, 2011 11:14am report


    to me the song is about pontius pilate and that he longs to be in his house and that he was in so long ago and that the wine was bled and this part And I sat in regret, of all the things I've done;
    For all that I've blessed, and all that I've wronged.
    In dreams until my death, I will wonder on. just as pontius pilate and he will not die and will walk the earth and he will dream till the day he dies till the end thats just me but it is what i think about everytime i hear this song but yea just me everyone thinks of diff things just mine



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    anonymous
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    Apr 9th, 2011 4:51am report


    chris is talking about how he was waiting and waiting but (you) the person never came. hes talking abt how he is comitted and (you) are not. he is about to die and (you) never cared, while he was waiting Like A Stone



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    anonymous
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    Feb 10th, 2011 2:49pm report


    This Songs actually is the situation of a fallen angel, waiting for God's forgiveness. They (demons) remember how was living in his House (heaven), and there they are, waiting patiently for something that would never come



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    anonymous
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    Feb 10th, 2011 2:49pm report


    This Songs actually is the situation of a fallen angel, waiting for God's forgiveness. They (demons) remember how was living in his House (heaven), and there they are, waiting patiently for something that would never come



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    anonymous
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    Feb 8th, 2011 2:56pm report


    I agree with the interpretation that this song is about a person (the writer) who has seen loved ones around him die, but the wording used in this song relays much more. First off, I think the "highway" is not literal but represents the lives of strangers going on around him as he sits in an empty room alone. I also feel that he has lost his faith in the whatever religion he had while younger (most likely a christian religion as the term "to dwell in the house of the lord" is used many times in christian religion) He longs for the promises of an afterlife/heaven promised by his lost religion, but praying on his death bed to any gods, angels to take him to heaven shows the lack of faith he now has. His loss of faith is also clearly shown by him recalling the idea of heaven from so long ago "the sky was bruised, the wine was bled"-- references to the crucifixtion of Christ; "and there you led me on..." being led on in the past conveys the feelings of falseness in the present. I believe that the book he reads is clearly the bible; another reference to religion... possibly hoping to find a glimmer of something to again believe in. Finally, at the end of the song he contemplates his worth as a human being by his past actions. He dreams of redemption and the possibility of a heaven,but for now he will wander on.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2010 10:35pm report


    Oye, all you people suggesting that this song is about "Religion" or about "Love" are considerably far off from being right. Everyone that's saying its about a guy who's basically watching everyone around him die and he's waiting to die himself are pretty spot on.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 9th, 2010 9:55pm report


    Call me crazy but the LEAD ME ON and I'LL WAIT FOR YOU kinda sound like a love song or somthing but Of course thats just how I see it. :P



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    lyric_genius
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    Mar 2nd, 2010 3:54pm report


    This song is about a guy who has died before the love of his life has died and he has decided to haunt his love and watch her until she dies. He cannot move on to the next life and is obsessed with his love.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 16th, 2009 9:38am report


    I think a few folks have got it. My guess the first time I heard it was that he is in a hotel room by the freeway reading Giddeons Bible (the one they leave in hotels) of course the room is empty as stated. I sensed addiction and being close to death as part of the overall dark feeling in the song. Also room by room has to do with being on tour, hotel by hotel and dealing with the dispair of going on and on and the will to continue faced with addictions and darkness. His longing to be in "your" house is waiting for his death room by room to go to heaven. Obviously the rest has to deal with coming to terms with religion and facing his salvaton thru God.



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    Matt09
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    Jun 14th, 2009 6:55pm report


    I just have a comment on the top rated interpretation for this song. I'm not arguing that you're wrong or anything, but the whole beauty of interpreting songs is that there is no wrong way to interpret them. like you said, heaven is what you make it, and by the same token, so is this and every other song. this isn't about being smarter than everybody else, it's about expressing yourself, and interpreting things your way.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 8th, 2009 1:43pm report


    The guitar solo is obviously telling us something... ;) jk

    This is a really good song. Very much based on the death piece and religion. From what I'm getting it is like the person in the song is waiting for his death, like others have stated. It is interesting. The "you." Some on here say it is his talking to God... but why would he wait for a God to get to heaven? A loved one, perhaps a chick. Or even just to the people he knows. Family, friends and/or his fans.



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