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Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun Meaning

Song Released: 1994


Black Hole Sun Lyrics

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...

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    Ssheska77
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    Apr 26th, 2006 4:23pm report


    This song is awesome. Takes me back to high school. I think it's about someone who doesn't want to come to terms with who they have become. I think also Chris is saying that People suck you dry. Or it could mean the dark side of his personality is dragging him down, It is defenitely an internal conflict, longing for simplicity and normality.. Maybe he is speaking of the state of the human race also and longing to be threw with it. Hence, Black hole sun, Speaking of a Huge End or Void...



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    poiuy
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    Jan 12th, 2005 1:01am report


    i wonder if anyone else picks up on some sexual references in these enigmatic lyrics? \"call my name through the cream..and i\'ll hear you scream again\"? (reference to a woman calling his name, screaming/moaning during intercourse?) are \"black hole sun\" and \"snakes\" sort of phallic references? that would give the phrase \"won\'t you come?\" an entirely different twist. if you think about it that way maybe the song could be about a man kinda disgusted with himself and the world because of how casual, superficial and meaningless sex and relationships have become. also it sounds to me like when he\'s feeling empty (\"stuttering, cold and damp\") he reminisces about more innocent times (\"in my youth...\") when he would pray for good to overcome evil (\"heaven sent hell away\") - back in the days maybe when his mother used to sing him to sleep? (\"no one sings like you anymore\"). but it\'s too late to turn back the hands of time - he\'s a jaded, hardened, cynical man who manipulates and decieves others just as they have manipulated and decieved him (\"in disguise as no one knows, hides the face, lies the snake\") and he is devoid of \"good\" things like love, compassion, integrity, intimacy....in his eyes people just aren\'t that way anymore (\"times are gone for honest men and far too long for snakes\"). his innocent, idealistic self is totally submerged - he walks through life like a zombie (\"in my shoes a walking sleep\"). lastly, when he says \"hang my head, drown my fear til you all just disappear\" - maybe he\'s hanging his head in shame but also because he doesn\'t want to be confronted with his ultimate fear - that he is indeed surrounded by \"snakes\" who are just like him. he wants it to just go away - disappear.



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    hypobeau
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    Oct 2nd, 2007 10:03pm report


    Not every song has a literal meaning. Most songs like this one send you to a thoughtful place (more like an emotion) encapsulated in a song.



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    anonymous
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    Today, 02:36 report


    Poiuy is right. Black Hole Sun means butt hole. Black hole sun is somewhat sexual. It means doing her woman back door.
    Black Hole Sun means the ass hole. Picture it why it's called Black Hole Sun. A Black Hole Sun shaped. As the lyrics says "Call my name
    Through the cream
    And I’ll hear you
    Scream..."

    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...

    By: Poet



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    anonymous
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    Aug 23rd, 8:58am report


    Listen to the song backwards, then decide what u think the meaning is.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 10th, 8:54pm report


    To start out, great song but definitely not my favorite soundgarden song
    Recently I went to a concert from the Soundgarden Nine Inch Nails joint tour and before soundgarden started playing the song Chris Cornell said "this is a song that well we really don't know what it's about" then they started playing Black Hole Sun.
    So I think that it is just that, they came up with some great lyrics and a great tune but it didn't have any major meaning behind it, I'm sure some verses have some meaning but are unrelated to one another.
    If I had to pick a meaning I guess I would say it's about a man fed up with his life and wants something to come and take everything away all the people and buildings and just suck up the world and ultimately destroy it. But that would be majorly influenced by the music video



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    Ceejay
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    Jul 26th, 7:02am report


    Chris Cornell's own words:

    It's really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom. It's going to become more and more difficult, and it's going to create more and more disillusioned people who become dishonest and angry and are willing to fuck the next guy to get what they want. There's so much stepping on the backs of other people in our profession. We've been so lucky that we've never had to do that. Part of it was because of our own tenacity, and part of it was because we were lucky.

    I think that pretty much says it all.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 2nd, 6:53pm report


    You're all dumb, even he admitted he doesn't know what it means. He didn't write it.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 1st, 6:08pm report


    Well all y'all seem to have put a lot of thought but ill share this with y'all I dropped some Lsd and most the stuff in the video I tripped before ever watching this video I also saw the snake tongue in one of the gorrilaz music video. However hopeless this song is it really isn't I believe hes describing an ancient human psycosis. Its really hard describing a mass psycosis and saying its wat ever you make makes him full of Shit cause that's not the truth he knew wat he was describing. By the way hes the snake



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    anonymous
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    Sep 30th, 2013 9:38pm report


    what I get out of it is: Severe Depression -This is someone who expected something different for his life... and instead he did things that not only disappoint him and killed his childhood optimism but that really horrify him, things he would have never believe possible when he was a child. More than likely he hurt someone or some people. His life deeds haunt him even when he drinks or tries to tune out...to the point that he doesn't just want rain or the religion of his past to wash him clean, he instead looks forward to complete obliteration, non-existance is more comforting to him. Reminds me of my uncle.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 17th, 2013 8:29pm report


    Song...is...what you want it to be. A picture has a thousand words. A song has a thousand pictures.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 21st, 2012 10:22pm report


    Its about the dismissal of lucifer from the heavens as the arch angel of music and the emminent end of the world and disgrace faced since his departure. Wake up people.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 31st, 2012 7:57am report


    i think chris is disgusted with all of the hipocrits and people who think the world is just some big happy place and he wants the black hole sun to come and take it all away



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    anonymous
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    May 6th, 2012 5:08am report


    i am pretty sure its about 2012 as the sun shifts into it red giant phase and how people start acting really strange as they are effected by postive ions in large amounts witch are now present the strangeness will go up from here that is a side issue but the song was a warning somebody mentioned he was high when he wrote the song well altered states of mind sometimes have that effect of knowing things like this

    i had this info from remote viewing skills and while the term black hole sun is a bit off since the sun will go into a red dwarf then into a white dwarf and cool down into a supper dense ball of matter that is short of a blackhole but still very dense and will not be giving out much light some odd million years from now the part of frying the planet that is already starting to happen



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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd, 2012 4:32pm report


    I'm a little amazed to find that in all these (somewhat wild) interpretations everyone has missed the most obvious thing; "Black Hole Sun" is an art piece, a sculpture in Seattle's Volunteer park. If you are ever in Seattle check it out. It has been suggested that Cornell may have been referencing the sculpture, but that has not been determined. Artists are a collection of influences and I get the snakes and apocalyptic overtones, but that doesn't mean that the song should be taken to literally as such. Remember, it's art. :-[) http://www.voiceplaces.com/black-sun-seattle-505959-e/

    Driffidius



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    anonymous
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    Feb 14th, 2012 2:18pm report


    A lot of Soundgardens lyrics are telling us, those who listen carefully and do their research that the end times are near.

    Black Hole Sun - is the coming of our sun's (Sol) binary companion, a dark star or brown dwarf. There is plenty of good evidence for this online, and also a mountain of dis-info and rubbish to sift through. Chris Cornell knows of this cyclical event and is sworn to secrecy, to only inform through subtle and subliminal communication.

    Chris has been given a "Golden Ticket" (one of the lucky few) to enter the underground bases (D.U.M.B.'s) when this time comes..... God speed to all



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    anonymous
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    Jan 31st, 2012 1:23am report


    Black hole sun is a Freemason reference to Alchemy. I think it is also likely that "Temple of the Dog" is a reference to The Dog Star used in Masonic rituals.

    Chris is playing at the Masonic Auditorium on Nob Hill in Feb. and he has played at Masonic Temples many times over the last twelve year.

    Coincidence? I think not.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 11th, 2011 10:27pm report


    Who's kidding Who? Black Hole-Sun won't you come is describing the sun aligning with the Black hole in our milky way.



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