Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun Meaning
Song Released: 1994
Black Hole Sun Lyrics
As no one knows
Hides the face
Lies the snake
In my disgrace
’neath the black
The sky looks dead
Call my name
Through the cream
And I’ll hear you
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...
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.
anonymous Aug 23rd, 8:58am report
Listen to the song backwards, then decide what u think the meaning is.
anonymous 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
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.
anonymous Jun 2nd, 6:53pm report
You're all dumb, even he admitted he doesn't know what it means. He didn't write it.
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous 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
anonymous 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/
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous Sep 18th, 2011 9:19pm report
im a musician myself, and everyone focuses on the same thing...the lyrics and the meaning of the lyrics..writing music isnt just about pen and paper. its what seperates music from poetry. its about feeling. the MELODY. People thereselves have there own melody, emotions have different octives, ex: u can angry or furious; furious > angry. its easier musically to describe your emotions than words, in my opinion cause when i write my music i want people to feel how i felt when i wrote the song to step into my life, much like this song. its HAPPY melody, chris said it himself happy melody with somewhat sad lyrics that meant nothing to him and was just jargle when he wrote it, chances are he is sub-consciensously mocking humans, thats why the video has smiles and a somewhat creepy tone to it. i believe he had it planned to say that the lyrics meant nothing to him, when in fact he/himself knows the meaning. but him stating that is part of the whole "mocking thing" dont pay attention to the lyrics they are part of the whole song but dont look at the words and decipher them individually. it is jargle and its supposed to be "jargle" to throw u off from the true meaning, the meaning behind the song is this : Human nature is funny and sad to him, becuase even tho the most devistating things could happen to a person, people will purposely try to push things away, such as a death, or the end of the world. the symbolism in the video was this. the girl eating the icecream had a sad face while she it if u noticed her lipstick it was down word, and she started to eat more aggressively, showing how teenage girls tend to eat to make thereselves feel better and that barbie she was burning was her jealousy for the pretty girls she wasnt gunna be when she was older, the girl outide with the snake like tongue sitting in the chair, for u religious fake snake usually represent demons or evil...its simple saying how girls can be snakes or "evil" at times and it was stereotyped in the vid as a PRETTY GIRL,. the tongue was made to show the snake reference but at the same time it was long. to show the deceit that women are capable of. onto the next subject, the religious fanatics outside during the end of the world stil preaching, shows that people blind thereselves "happy" excuses of whatever it may be and the biggest one these days, is christianity, im trying to bash anyones beliefs and im not attacking christianity in anyway, im saying this for the sake of the meaning of the song, that the christians in the video even through end times were still holding onto there beliefs as a sign of hope, although they new it was not the seecond coming of christ becuase christ was not in the vid, it was a blackhole destroying everything,and yet they still preached about his second coming, showing u that people will cling onto foolish lies and silly ideas to deny themselves the feeling of sadness that comes with realism. also the woman with the boiling pot, cutting the fish head was mocking sexism, the smile was a fake smile she wore if u noticed she was angrily about to cut the fish the boiling pot symbolizes her anger for the sexist sterotypes about women staying in the kitchen. the guy working out up stairs, and OLD woman putting on her make up represented that some people get so blinded by there own looks they fail to notice the rest of the world is in pain. the fact that the lady was old, says something about older women constantly wishing they were young. i pretty much laid out the symbolism for this video, take it as it is, but i mean it seems clear as day for people to be trying for 13 years to decipher the meaning of the song.....this song is a special song cuz the "JARGLE' is just jargle its chris's personal way of summing up all the problem that HE sees with the world, such as sexism, he is analyzing the world through a song. how so many people can deny the reality of the world though stuff like food and beauty and animals and religion that IF a blackhole actually did start destroying humanitie everyone in the world would pretend it wasnt happening, but yet still notice things the little things that arent even close to being as big of a problem as humanity being obliterated, like how they look, how pretty girls can lie and be evil, we all notice those things, but we dont notice the things outside of the words. like the melody. its hard to explain but it is simple to decipher thats why this is so long i think the best thing to do so you guys can understand the meaning better is this
1. read my description of the symbolisms in the music video,
2. watch the music video with no music. just pay attention to the little details and the symbolism i explained above.
3. do what i did learn to play the song watch the music video and just play the intstrumental or find a music video without singing just the instrumental so u can see how the melody mocks the music video (melody is happy ,music video is creepy cuz it shows the truths of humanity) THE WHOLE TIME U DO THIS DONT EVEN LET ANY OF THE LYRICS GO THROUGH YOUR HEAD just feel dont read the lyrics just try to feel the melody and watch the video for seriousness of whats going on it, if you laughed at the video then chris pretty much just one upped you, cuz the video as funny as all the make up seems has a lot of really serious messages and the melody is a happy melody its supposed to mock all those situations and laugh at them so when u actually laugh at the video that would mean your laughing at yourself ...kind of like how the melody laughs at the people in the video...as they are being destroyed and not realizing it,
NOW,after u watched the video with just the instrumental and got a feel for the creepyness, and serious tone of it. take the video out of the picture look up on youtube blackhole sun with lyrics and as the song plays through think about the video
youll realize two things
1) i was right
2) that when chris said it was just "jargle" it was but it also is jargle about every little problem the he himself perceived in the world, think of the lyrics like this like every 2-4 words is a new problem with the world and over all the guitar that gets played over it is making fun of all those problems. I feel like this song was planned this way, that the video was either premade or chris new very well what the hell he meant in the song, and purposely didnt say anything. its sort of like subliminal advertisement. and this song was HUGE and people still talk about it to this day because he said he didnt know what the songs meaning was that it was just jargle people wanted to understand it more. and what do u do when u want to understand something more, u keep studying that something and back in the 90s ipods and stuff werent released yet , so people had to go out and by the cd/tape if they wanted to listen to it when they wanted.
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