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Soundgarden: Burden in My Hand Meaning


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Song Released: 1996

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Follow me into the desert
As thirsty as you are
Crack a smile and cut your mouth
And drown in alcohol
Cause down below the truth is lying
Beneath the riverbed
So quench yourself and drink the water
That flows below her head

Oh, no there she...


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    Apr 26th, 2018 4:35am report

    My opinion is its on addiction, drugs/alcohol.. kill your health and kill yourself and kill everything you love (relationships/friends) if you live you can fall to pieces and suffer with my ghost.. (try and live with regret and lonliness knowing what you lost from your own doing)


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    Jan 24th, 2018 1:50pm report

    I saw an interview, where Chris Cornell said he wrote the song because he wanted a cool song like Johnny Cash had about shooting his woman down.


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    Sep 20th, 2017 9:42pm report

    It's a reference, also, to the relationship between Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley and his longtime girlfriend Demri Parrott, the ladder of whom died within weeks or months of the release and immediate success of "Burden". Demri is the model on the cover of AIC's 1994 released platinum album Dirt. Do research and derive your own conclusion.


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    May 20th, 2017 5:22am report

    Shot my love = heroin


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    Sep 13th, 2014 9:47pm report

    It's about the band breaking up, hence "shot my love today".


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    May 31st, 2014 5:10am report

    Alcohol Addiction. The dessert- being "dry or drying out" a term for sobriety. the burden is the bottle.


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    Nov 27th, 2012 11:20pm report

    It might be about a relationship. THe first verse basically says trust me follow me everything will be alright. The refrain is about how she betrays him and asking for people to see it from his side. The second verse is about how he cant find love its not for him and he should just give up. Thats what i get out of it anyway


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    Apr 21st, 2012 4:01pm report

    i think it either refers to being addicted to any drug or literally killing his girlfriend and burying her in the desert or both


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    Jan 13th, 2011 1:44am report

    I think "his love" refers to drugs/alcohol here. And the song is about battling addiction. If you've ever been there, the song is quite clear in it's meaning.
    I shot my love , I lost my head again (relaspe) go back and listen to each line and you'll see the story he's telling!

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