Mind Riot (4:49)

Cover of Badmotorfinger

From Badmotorfinger and 12 other releases

Music & Lyrics by Chris Cornell. From the album Badmotorfinger.

On “Mind Riot” every string is tuned to E. Cornell explained that even though they made it work on the record, playing the song live is difficult because all the guitars have to be tuned to E. According to Cornell, they sounded “awful” so he would just perform it alone.

Cornell explained that the lyrics is about his feelings when he heard that America was going to war (1st Gulf War). After spending several days in isolation in his cabin in Seattle, he jumped in his car feeling happy and excited about their new album (Badmotorfinger). He turned on the radio and found out about the war and it shocked and scared him.


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I was slipping through the cracks of stolen jewel
I was tightrope walking in two ton shoes
And now somebody's talking of third world war
(I've been caught in a mind riot)

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  • Melz_xXx

    I've been caught in a mind riot... one of my favourites from ghis album.

    3 Apr 6:44pm Reply
  • takenasusual

    agreed Kjartad

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Kjartad

    Love the percussion in this. It's almost tribal.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • fangs4fun

    Another example of Cornell's amazing talent. To be able to write music with a guitar tuned to E is just awesome.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • takenasusual

    i'm tied within...

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • takenasusual

    ez to play on bass

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • tad72

    oh my God...this song

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Fuzgunn

    I read somewhere that the tuning for this song is all E's from low to high. Only Soundgarden could pull off that combination! One of my favorites by them...

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • olyb12

    fucking great tune. deep and twisted, i love it!

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tad72

    I was crying from my eye teeth & bleeding from my soul...And I sharpened my wits on a dead man's skull...I built an elevator from his bones...had to climb to the top floor just to stamp out the coals. Cornell and his lyrics, love 'em!!!

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Probably calm but it doesn't make the song weak. It's a hidden gem.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • tad72

    awesome song...luv it.

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • CelioOlimpio

    nice music

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • begbeg42

    no band(s) can convey feeling/soul like Soundgarden(+AIC).

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jcsept7

    can almost hear audioslave doing doesnt remind me of anything in the beginning... or is is the other way around haha :-)

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Volcomaestro

    Weakest song on Badmotorfinger, skipped more often than not

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Amurpo

    nice song

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • KubasRHCP

    So calm and warm :D I love it :D

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Treysweet

    I've been caught in a mind riot...

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    One of their best songs..just breath taking

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
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