Room a Thousand Years Wide (4:12)

Cover of Badmotorfinger

From Badmotorfinger and 19 other releases

“Room a Thousand Years Wide” is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Featuring lyrics written by guitarist Kim Thayil and music written by drummer Matt Cameron, “Room a Thousand Years Wide” was released as a single in 1990 through Sub Pop. A re-recorded version later appeared on the band’s third studio album, Badmotorfinger (1991).

“Room a Thousand Years Wide” is one of the few Soundgarden songs written without any input from frontman Chris Cornell. The song features lyrics written by guitarist Kim Thayil and music written by drummer Matt Cameron. It was also the first Soundgarden song to be recorded and released with bassist Ben Shepherd. The re-recorded version of the song featured on Badmotorfinger includes the addition of a horn section featuring Scott Granlund (saxophone) and Ernst Long (trumpet).

Thayil on “Room a Thousand Years Wide”:

“I really liked the music to the song and it needed words, and since no one else pursued it, I decided to. It’s not really about things that have actually happened to me. It’s more about experience in general. I’ve heard a lot of good ideas from people telling me what it’s about. They said it’s about God, Satan, Jesus, Satan, both, it’s religious, it isn’t religious…The truth is, it’s just me.”

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