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This is an environmental song. It's about the abuse of mother nature (blanketing the ocean with oil, the clear cutting of old growth forests). Then the lyrics go on to say, "Put your hands away, your gonna kill your mother," meaning the Earth. Back in 1989 Kim Thayil and Chris Cornell did an interview on MTV's Headbangers Ball with host Ricki Rachman (Ricki's first day on HB) and those were some of the things they mentioned. The video had… read more

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Words by chris cornell
Music by kim thayil

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  • sick
  • This is so underrated...maybe the best Soundgarden song.
  • It has that big sound, so alive with vitality, like taking a shite under a panoramic waterfall, great stuff!
  • Right, that's it I've made up my mind...this IS my favourite Soundgarden track ever! The new album is awesome, Taree might even sneak into my top ten, Soundgarden are back, which is fantastic. Will Pearl Jam put together a proper album like this too? is it just me or is every album since Vitalogy a big disappointment?
  • Really loving the new album!
  • definitely one of my favs but damn they are all so good, hard to choose a fav; my fav SG song changes often lol
  • It sounds like Led Zeppelin
  • Never gets old, one of their finest tracks, brilliant.
  • i love that early soundgarden sound. i love all soundgarden but damn i just love hearing young SG.
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