Music Monday: Soundgarden “Outshined” | Temple Of The Dog “Hunger Strike” | Chris Cornell “Seasons”

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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From last week: When I first started this blog, one of my intentions was to talk about music as much as possible, hence my blog name. 🙂 My very first music blog post from March 2017 featured Mad Season, a band that eventually included Chris Cornell and the next, Temple of the Dog. It felt great to talk about some of the music I’ve always loved. Little did I know, just a few months later he’d be gone like so many others before him.

I’m not one of those people who usually count dates or add up the time since someone has been gone, yet here I am doing it with Chris. It’s been a year this month and I can’t believe the time has flown. For the whole month of May–to honor Chris–I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Chris Cornell songs.


Soundgarden “Outshined”

Lyrics:

I got up feeling so down
I got off being sold out
I’ve kept the movie rolling
But the story’s getting old now

I just looked in the mirror
Things aren’t looking so good
I’m looking California
And feeling Minnesota

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today

It gives me the butterflies
Gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again

I’m feeling out-shined …

Someone let the dogs out
They’ll show you where the truth is
The grass is always greener
Where the dogs are shitting

I’m feeling that I’m sober
Even though I’m drinking
I can’t get any lower
Still I feel I’m sinking

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today

It gives me the butterflies
Gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again

I’m feeling out-shined …

So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today

It gives me the butterflies
Gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again

I’m feeling …

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today

It gives me the butterflies
Gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again

I’m feeling out-shined …

Album: Badmotorfinger

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Temple of the Dog “Hunger Strike”

 

Lyrics:

I don’t mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can’t feed on the powerless
When my cup’s already overfilled
Yeah

But it’s on the table
The fire’s cooking
And they’re farming babies
The slaves are all working

Blood is on the table
The mouths are all choking
But I’m goin’ hungry, yeah

I don’t mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can’t feed on the powerless
When my cup’s already overfilled, mmm mmm

But it’s on the table
The fire is cooking
And they’re farming babies
The slaves are all working

And it’s on the table
Their mouths are all choking
But I’m going hungry (going hungry)
I’m going hungry (going hungry)
I’m going hungry (going hungry)
I’m going hungry (going hungry)

I’m going hungry (going hungry)
I’m going hungry (going hungry)

Yeah, I don’t mind stealing bread
(Mmm, I don’t mind)
No, I don’t mind stealing bread

I’m going hungry (going hungry)
I’m going hungry (going hungry, yeah)

Album: Temple Of The Dog

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Chris Cornell’s powerful voice paired with the profound lyrics make this album one I’ll never part with. It’s one of my most cherished grunge albums that I’ve never grown stale of and will never forsake. It’s a defining album and must have for true grunge fans.

Who was Temple Of The Dog?

Temple of the Dog was a band assembled for the purpose of creating an album to pay tribute to Andrew Wood who died in 1990.

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Andrew Wood

 

Andrew Wood was the lead singer of Mother Love Bone, known to be one of the founding fathers of grunge–one who defined the grunge movement. Wood struggled with drug addiction and was in and out of rehab until March 16, 1990, when he was found dead from a heroin overdose.

 

As Mother Love Bone dissolved, the bassist (Jeff Ament) and guitarist (Stone Gossard) came together to form Temple of the Dog which also included Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (singer) and Matt Cameron (drummer).


Chris Cornell “Seasons” Studio Version

Lyrics:

Summer nights and long warm days
Are stolen as the old moon falls
My mirror shows another face
Another place to hide it all
Another place to hide it all

And I’m lost behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Sleeping with a full moon blanket
Sand and feathers for my head
Dreams have never been the answer
And dreams have never made my bed
Dreams have never made my bed

And I’m lost behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Now I wanna fly above the storm
But you can’t grow feathers in the rain
And the naked floor is cold as hell
This naked floor reminds me
Oh the naked floor reminds me

And I’m lost behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

If I should be short on words
And long on things to say
Could you crawl into my world
And take me worlds away?
Should I be beside myself
And not even stay

And I’m lost behind
The words I’ll never find
And I’m left behind
As seasons roll on by

Album: Singles Movie Soundtrack Deluxe Version

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I hope you enjoyed today’s Music Monday. Have a wonderful week!

26 thoughts on “Music Monday: Soundgarden “Outshined” | Temple Of The Dog “Hunger Strike” | Chris Cornell “Seasons”

  1. Wow! Great post! I am also a huge Cornell fan.. in fact, I think our posts after his death were the ones where we followed each other. I had no idea he was in Mad Season at all (also a big Staley Fan). IMO Bad Motor Finger was THE album of the early 90s.. even though the sales were less than Nevermind and Dirt, there is no comparison in Talent to what Soundgarden brought to the grunge scene. My favorite song off of that album is Slaves & Bulldozers… the sludgy music paired with Cornell’s ‘squeeze your buttcheeks and push’ vocals are just unbelievable… One of my favorite Cornell moments was in Alice in Chain’s song ‘Right Turn’ though he only has a background part, near the end of the song.. it’s one of the most haunting and blistering vocals I think I have ever heard…

    “Well it’s hard to believe that somebody tricked you
    when you can see you were only high
    It’s all up to you so you gamble
    flat on your face and into the fire”

    Again, thanks for the great post!

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    1. Thanks, Joe! You’re totally right. I probably shouldn’t have lumped Chris in with Mad Season, but because he took over vocals on some of the songs after Layne died, I guess he was then considered a ‘member’. I have a few Mad Season songs to share with him on vocals this month. Badmotorfinger–hands down–is my favorite Soundgarden album and “Slaves and Bulldozers” is one of my favorite Soundgarden songs of ALL time. I shared that one not to long ago for Music Monday. Speaking of that, you should do Music Monday! 😉 Just a thought haha.

      I agree, “Right Turn” is an amazing tune. It’s like semi-chill and then that screaming end with Chris! I swear, I’m yet to find a song from any of these musicians that I didn’t enjoy. Thanks so much for your comment!! 🙂

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  2. starjustin

    I love the second video. The beach, lyrics, sound. My generation was very past the grunge era, lol(showing my age now) but I can remember how much it meant to you Jen, especially Chris Cornell. Sweet post! 💙

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