Audioslave: Like a Stone Meaning
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Song Released: 2003
Like a Stone Lyrics
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
anonymous 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.
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").
anonymous Nov 16th, 2013 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous Apr 30th, 2013 4:45pm report
It's not the wine was bled. The One was bled.
anonymous 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!??
anonymous 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
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
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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