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Soundgarden: The Day I Tried To Live Meaning

Song Released: 1994


The Day I Tried To Live Lyrics

I woke the same as any other day
Except a voice was in my head
It said seize the day, pull the trigger, drop the blade
And watch the rolling heads

The day I tried to live
I stole a thousand beggar's change
And gave it to the rich
The day I tried...

  1. anonymous
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    Dec 14th 2015 report

    I see chris as being a bit like Joe in Zappa's Joe's garage, sort of a misfit,yet trying to make others happy with his music,but in the end,he is disappointed when he realizes it all in vain,you can't fight the establishment nor anyone else,in the end you will find yourself alone in your little room,thinking fuck it,they can all go to where

  2. anonymous
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    Sep 28th 2013 report

    Cornell on "The Day I Tried to Live":

    It's about trying to step out of being patterned and closed off and reclusive, which I've always had a problem with. It's about attempting to be normal and just go out and be around other people and hang out. I have a tendency to sometimes be pretty closed off and not see people for long periods of time and not call anyone. It's actually, in a way, a hopeful song. Especially the lines "One more time around/Might do it," which is basically saying, 'I tried today to understand and belong and get along with other people, and I failed, but I'll probably try again tomorrow.' A lot of people misinterpreted that song as a suicide-note song. Taking the word live too literally. "The Day I Tried to Live" means more like the day I actually tried to open up myself and experience everything that's going on around me as opposed to blowing it all off and hiding in a cave.

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 8th 2012 report

    No matter how good the intentions, you end up hurting others. And he is trying to become like Jesus, and be pure. Every day is a struggle against evil and sin. And he keeps failing, just like you.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 17th 2011 report

    I woke the same as any other day except a voice was in my head. It said seize the day, pull the trigger, drop the blade, and watch the rolling heads.
    The voice in his head is his conscience, and it's telling him to differing things, which are the things that go through ones head through depression or whatever. He hears end it now, and he hears keep going.

    The Day I Tried to live and all the things he says after that is when he realized he was a horrible person.

    And words you say never seem to live up to the ones inside your head.
    We don't say what we really mean.
    The lives we make never seem to ever get us anywhere but dead.
    We don't stand out, we just live life until we die.

    And I learned that I was a liar. Realizing that he is just as bad as everyone else.

    One more time around might do it. One more time around might make it.
    If he just tries one more time he might fulfill his life, but he won't.

  5. anonymous
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    May 22nd 2011 report

    This song is about trying to fit in and failing, also having a murdurous vouce in you 'pull the trigger' and 'watch the rolling heads'.


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