Burden in My Hand (4:50)

Cover of Down on the Upside

From Down on the Upside and 13 other releases

“Burden in My Hand” is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, “Burden in My Hand” was released on September 18, 1996 as the second single from the band’s fifth studio album, Down on the Upside (1996).

The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it spent a total of five weeks at number one. The song was included on Soundgarden’s 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides.

The lyrics of ‘Burden in My Hand’ suggest the song is about a man who murders a woman he is in a relationship with and leaves her in the desert, not without regret. Some fans believe the lyrics are ‘deeper’ than the surface and indicative of something such as drug abuse or an abusive relationship; however, guitarist Kim Thayil called the song “the “Hey Joe” of the ’90s.”

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