The Day I Tried to Live (5:19)

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“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 get 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.” - Chris Cornell


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  • adriannoise

    cornell es el mejor sobretodo en temple of the dog ,y en cualquier banda que a estado claro que en la electronica con salsa o eso que iso alguna ves hay si no fue tan maqnifico ahah

    30 Sep 7:46pm Reply
  • barry_lyndon

    What a powerful song.

    18 Jul 8:54am Reply
  • irishtim

    Cornell's voice is so powerful in this song, love it!

    23 Jan 5:57pm Reply
  • JackHallton

    fine song

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • shedonist

    Oh yeah

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • agustaxxo

    I can't even explain how much this song means to me, oh god

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • elf-culture

    ugh I almost died when I heard this live in concert. favorite sg song. the way it starts off with that throbbing bass from ben and how it builds up slowly until chris starts belting out his vocals my god

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • G8Rbuttercups

    Chris has a gift he's given us in musical form;) Thank u Soundgarden=)

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    Usually don't do this, but "I tend to be a pretty closed off person and I love the fact that there are songs like this for socially awkward fuckers like me to identify with." [2]

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Brentos_

    This is such an important song in my life. God, if I had been a teenager in the 90s, when this record came out, I probably wouldn't have left my room for weeks, this would have just been on repeat

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • EargasmJunkie

    I tend to be a pretty closed off person and I love the fact that there are songs like this for socially awkward fuckers like me to identify with. :)

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
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  • wizardwaffles

    How I can compare this song? The first time I heard it was in high school...& it was the ultimate summer revenge song. To this day, I love it.

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
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  • drenyelle

    Dammit, Chris! Stop reading my highschool diary!

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • SonicSailor

    Great song from Soundgarden's' 3rd masterpiece.

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ProgPro96

    Great song, one of my favorites by Soundgarden.

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • fellowdani

    Best voice!

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tad72

    Cornell is the best songwriter/poet!! I just love this song.

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
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