What does Black Hole Sun mean?

Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun Meaning

Album cover for Black Hole Sun album cover

Song Released: 1994

Covered By: Brandi Carlile (2020)

Black Hole Sun Lyrics

In my eyes
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


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 8th 2009 !⃝

    The music to this song tells the story (and is fantastic) it is for people who are either depressed, frustrated, melancholy, or in a dark mood, etc.

    When you are experincing one of these emotions the song really speaks to you because it combines a lot of different thoughts together and pulls you in different directions.

    Emotions aren't logicial and these lyric's aren't either so in my opinion he captured an emotion very accurately (just not a happy one lol).

    For those of you whom believe that this song is sexual or religious, I would have to guess that you have sex or religion on the brain more often than not.

    But since we are a society that tries to make sense of everything... to each their own :)


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 26th 2009 !⃝

    um...Chris cornell said himself this song has no meaning

    but it's depressing all the same

    chris cornell stated "it means whatever you want it to mean"


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 30th 2013 !⃝

    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.

  4. TunTun
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    May 1st 2023 !⃝

    I've always associated "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (a song about Syd Barrett)" with "Black Hole Sun (Son)".

    The first lines of Shine On:
    "Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun
    Shine on you crazy diamond
    Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky"

    Doesn't seem to be much of a leap to associate Syd Barrett with "Black Hole Sun" from these lyrics.

    Further, just listen to "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" while looking at the lyrics to "Black Hole Sun" and see if you make any connections.

    Then read more about Syd Barrett, things like him being described with a "blank, dead-eyed stare." Or when he crushed Mandrax tranquilliser tablets and mixed them with a tube of Brylcreem into his hair, which melted down his face under the heat of the stage lighting, making him look like "a guttered candle"(compare with last lines of 1st verse of Black Hole Sun).

    The parallels may be coincidental and I may be reaching but, they are there.

    PS RIP Chris and Syd, miss you both.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 30th 2022 !⃝

    The song makes no sense at all. The person who wrote it was probably drunk or high. The words make no sense whatsoever and it’s a very strange song.

  6. anonymous
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    May 20th 2022 !⃝

    Black hole sun is the eclipse, sun worshipers... Sankey, lies, all biblical.it prob means dif things to all dif people... great fucking bad though!!!!!

  7. anonymous
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    May 16th 2022 !⃝

    Lucifer impregnated Eve- the reason both were removed from heaven and so harshly. Cain was the result known as Man and the first child by Eve. Adam left with Eve knowing of this. God cursed Eve to experience childbearing and great pain upon childbearing along with every female descendent thereafter. Lucifers curse was that he would be expelled from heaven and be with his children to watch his mistake until a certain time and left to decay with them taking from him his immortality. The child Cain was the combination that caused Evil and is the Evil in the world because the thoughts man has can become reality and god can read the thoughts even if not acted out are still evil and the act starts with the thought. If the thought was not there the actions would not be carried out. But laws and fears keep actions at bay- without them the acts would be carried out and evil unleashed. God marked Cain and the entire bloodline with the number of man which is 666 I have looked at many possible other references to 666 and all come to the number of man. Lucifer is creator of man. 666 is the number of the beast, the evil. Only god can see the mark. The curse is built in. Lucifer has been trying to remove the sin or evil of man to become pure and find a path back to heaven where he stops dying and goes back to his home family all he knew. His angels are dying with him and that weighs on his shoulders. If you understood you could know reasons for his anger and revenge resentment insanity despair etc. there’s more than just what is said or known. So much more. But man is all in all just evil and not our faults. Just like a lion wants to kill to feed it is in the nature of the beast and even though you can train an animal the tendencies are still always there in raw nature. Is why Cain killed Abel and Seth is of pure light by Adam and Eve. The snake is Lucifer or phosphorus and the scream is Eve.

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2021 !⃝

    This song is about the black cube of Saturn, which is believed to be a portal to a hell-like dimension, or literal hell. The world has enormous statues of these black cubes all over the world. Which is Saturn, who is really Satan. Geology and numberology are imbedded into this world and universe, and also into the occults, who with old the information until the time is right (the fifth age) There is a spiritual war that the eye cannot see. If there is going to be a spiritual war of angels against demons, God/Satan, in the end of the world, than the devil would want to kill as many people and children as he can, because that person could grow up and end up being saved by YESHUA/Jesus, and fight the war in heaven against him if they knew the truth. That's why bill gates and so many of the elite class people want MASS depopulation. That's a fact that has been admitted (but with a lie for a cover up)
    Considering the event at ASTROWORLD 2021, or ASTRAL WORLD, which is so symbolic it drives me crazy that the whole world dosent see Satan trying to rush his short amount of time. Travis Scott invited demons into a ritual, disguised as a (rage concert) or a (rager) which literally calls on the spirit of RAGE. a demonic spirit. To create a low frequency atmosphere. Its known he was playing low frequencies at deafening volumes to the point people were passing out before it started. The stage set represented many things.

    1: a pyramid with the eye
    2: a volcano, known to be used in sacrifice
    3: a portal to another dimension (hell) or CERN
    4: 8 flames/8 died that night (9 now confirmed after a 9 year old died)
    5: it said "SEE YA ON THE OTHER SIDE"
    (Representing seeing them after they die in hell, as well as using YA, OR YAH. Instead of YOU, as in see YAHWEH/GOD ON THE OTHER SIDE. 3 meanings, either you were gonna see him in hell, or your saved and gonna still see God, and obviously used like see ya (after the show, if you survive)

    6: he wore a shirt that had blue people going into a portal door and coming our red with horns (fire)
    (Multiple meanings again, good going to evil (blue to red), as well as blue like when you die (staff was ordered to call dead bodies (SMURFS) AND the flyers and ads before the concert were all occultic and children and ghosts getting sucked into a portal with the eye of Lucifer on it

    7: when the ambulance came in (to Travis, spiritually he saw that as God helping) he told everybody to put a middle finger to the sky, not just put your hands up, but say FUCK YOU GOD, WE LOVE TRAVIS MORE THAN YOU is what he was doing with that energy. Than said I wanna feel this ground shake when this comes on (knowing it will just stomp out more people and cause chaos and pandemonium)

    8: the day of the festival he released his first single from his new album utopia called ESCAPE PLAN


    10: IT WAS ON KRIS JENNER (KENDALL KARDASHIAN's MOMS 66TH BIRTHDAY - 66 is often used as a shortening for (666) and is also important in the occult. 11,22,33,44,55,66

    The whole thing was a spiritual sacrifice ritual. That being said. Black hole sun was written in what's called witch language. Elton John used to write like that. He's quoted as saying "I've never written a song that wasn't in witch language" thats why stairway to heaven is still so popular yet no one understands it. Its all about Lucifer and mythology that they believe and practiced. Jimmy page the guitarist was a devout Thelomite who loved Alister Crowley (most wicked man in the world) and even bought the mansion Crowley did his rituals in. I could go on and on but we need to protect ourselves with the blood of Yeshua Hamaschiach, there will be a false Christ. This is why it's important to keep his original name so that an imposter dosent come in a similar form of who we have been taught to know as white skin, blonde hair Jesus. Satan is twisting scripture right now and it's best to now trust anyone except God right now. Even many Christians will be deceived. But Yeshua is lord and will re establish this world and heaven. God bless. Repent is what the song was about btw

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 20th 2021 !⃝

    One word can mislead the interpretation, but a brief introspection and a good hear, offer you a totally other meaning of the word RAIN, i really think that instead of the rain we should understand the Reign. More i hear and more this meaning is for me obvious, the tone, the context all is pointed to a mysterious reign which is never clearly described. I think we should not simply try to find which community is designing by this term but with a mystical view the understanding is better. I only put two foundations which support the Reign: hypocrisis and occultism.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 23rd 2021 !⃝

    when you watch the video and listen to the song you really have to pay close attention to the people in the video and what are they are trying to portray or say(from the singer). first off right off the bat there is very clear distinction between the singer (and what he has to say) and the people smiling in the neighborhood [this is about to get kinda deep]. Obviously, the band members aren't smiling and the people in the street are ,but the singer seems to know something. It's no question the singer refers to the smiling people in the video to be "snakes" having a snake's tongue come out of a woman's mouth as she's laying there in a swim suit. And with this lyric ,"Times are gone for honest men" seems to be that honesty isn't the majority but being a lying snake is. But what could they be lying about? Clearly each smiling good person in that video is showing you without ambiguity what they are doing; what they are for. So what are they lying about and does this lying have any consequence? to answer this we need to go a bit deeper. hmm now some people might think its about the rapture that the "wicked" get burned sent to hell and the rest go to "heaven" which I also think that is happening ,but its not what the video is about. Nor i dont think this video is about against Christianity even though you see preachers and callers of the end times being portrayed like that ,but its definitely against about a false type of Christianity. Time stamp 2:42 clearly shows preachers i guess and one of them is holding a sign that says, "Faith Saves". now from a hard rock biblical standpoint it is not faith thats saves but grace saves through faith. I'll tell you what this is all about. This is about Satans' greatest deception and man worst error of SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Doesnt matter if you're jumpin rope, if you're an old lady, sex perverts, or so called "preachers". If you're smillin and acting like you are good or righteous and having a good time and you dont "repent" about your state chances are you'll burn. Why? Because you lied. Its simple as that. You disguised yourself. You hid, you smiled you lied you lied to yourself. Theres really nothing to it. The losses of humanity are so great it was as if Satan really did put a leash on that lamb. Thats why the majority of people dont get born again /saved because if they kept believing they are good then why did Jesus have to die such a terrible death? This is about self righteousness.

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 28th 2020 !⃝

    Ok. Idk if anyone will rear this but whatever. I love this song because i was having these deep thoughts and then it came on and I’m like woah. That like exactly the same thing I was thinking. I’m going to write imma thoughts which u can relate to the song.

    Basically Y care.

    Like all we are is just a bunch of cells doing their job. So why do people have to care so much for stuff that doesn’t relate to them. Mind ur own business. And then I was I just got sick of everything with society. Politics, religion, etc. I just wanted people to do their stuff and not have to have a full fledged opinion on everything and they MUST be right. Back to what I was saying, y can’t we all just be some cells doing our job. Then this song played.

    Black hole sun, won’t u come.

    Chris is wanting the apocalypse to just end everything. Nothing matters and people complicate everything. They ruined it. He just wants everything to be get a clean slate.

  12. zzshankzz
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    Aug 27th 2020 !⃝

    RAPTURE DUH! I've known the meaning of this song since 94 because it says exactly what it means, no hidden message here folks,wake up before it's too late!!!

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 3rd 2020 !⃝

    By now everyone knows of the secret societies behind our entertainment industry, that every last musician, actor or actress is an initiated coven member. So interpret it as Chris revealing cryptically what he is.

    In my eyes.

    The eye of Horus, the sun god (with Ra), as all of your celebrities cover their eyes or throw a 666 over them in deference to whom they serve.


    Unwell. Ill. Perhaps averse.

    In disguise as no one knows

    That's the clincher. The public is not aware always as to who it is that is entertaining them, enslaving them not through labor as old Pharaoh did, but through cinema and music. It's...

    Lies the snake

    Yeah. The devil.

    The sun

    Freemasons and other secret societies worship the sun, just as in Ezekiel 8:16-18. Nothing new under the, well you know.

    In my disgrace

    Indisposed again. He's ashamed of what he is a part of, of the agenda.

    The rest of the song is about getting on with it already. He would know there are no honest men considering the beast system he was initiated in to and the lies and spell cast over the world by them.

  14. anonymous
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    Oct 19th 2019 !⃝

    No one sings like you anymore, referring to Lucifer, he was the highest most beautiful and best in music, heaven sent hell away meaning Satan.... and yes he doesn’t sing in heaven anymore. It’s an ode to the devil, this song all together. Genius but evil

  15. anonymous
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    Aug 2nd 2019 !⃝

    I just watched a special about the square black hole in the sun. Thats what the square base of the pyramids represent. And the Ancient Egyptians, Myans and Aztecs all vanished because they reached the highest knowledge and were taken to another deminsion thru the black hole (portal) and mankind was destroyed. Everything we have now (airplanes, electricity, etc..) They have had before... We are stupid and refuse the knowledge... We are being kept from all of this knowledge... But when we reach this level of knowledge and wisdom, those who acquire it will be taken thru the portal (the square black hole) and the rest of mankind will be wiped out. This is why there are no signs of what happened to these ancient civilizations? Like they just disappeared... Because they really did... They say we are on the 3rd cycle of civilization now... Meaning mankind has been wiped out 2 times before...

  16. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2018 !⃝

    The song is a depiction of the mystical sun of high spiritual attainment. This "black sun" or "the sun of midnight" is spoken of by spiritual masters throughout religious disciplines around the world and throughout history. It is a universal, archetypal experience of "Dhyana", as depicted in 8 limbs Yogic meditation, that occurs before the ultimate experience of Sammadhi, or complete unity with Godhead.

    People can attain to this through decades of intense meditation practice or... through certain drug experiences... if they're graced by this. It seems, Chris most certainly has.

  17. anonymous
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    Nov 10th 2017 !⃝

    Theres currently a black hole in the sun, a giant coronal hole, and black hole sun means something about rebirth thru destruction. A theme of the illuminati. Comes from ancient aztec beliefs symbolizing the end of the world. That's what I believe the author wrote this song about, the end of the world, which starts or comes with a black hole sun, which we currently have. It's only starting though, we will see soon enuff =).

  18. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2017 !⃝

    Black hole sun, snake, cream...darkly homoerotic. Perhaps revealing sexual molestation in youth. Very dark, painful song.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
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