Chris Cornell (1964 - 2017) Tribute List

Rocker Chris Cornell died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 52. Cornell was the lead singer and lyricist of Soundgarden, a band that achieved mainstream success in the 1990s on the backs of their hard rocking sound and the disturbing video for their biggest hit, "Black Hole Sun," off of their album "Superunknown." Prior to Soundgarden, Cornell also sang for Temple of the Dog along with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and after Soundgarden, Cornell fronted the supergroup Audioslave. For his fans,Cornell's stage presence transcended pop culture fads and MTV airplay, and his lyrics were brimming with a pain his soulful voice seemed specifically designed to express.
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  1. decadence
    the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
    I don't mind stealing bread
    From the mouths of decadence
    But I can't feed on the powerless
    When my cup's already overfilled
    - Temple of the Dog, "Hunger Strike"
  2. indisposed
    somewhat ill or prone to illness
    In my eyes
    Indisposed
    In disguise
    As no one knows
    Hides the face
    Lies the snake
    And the sun
    In my disgrace
    - Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun
  3. wail
    a cry of sorrow and grief
    We see you try
    We see you fail
    Some things never change
    We hear you cry
    We hear you wail
    We steal that smile from your face
    - Soundgarden "Head Down"
  4. gilded
    made from or covered with gold
    Safe outside my gilded cage
    With an ounce of pain
    I wield a ton of rage
    - Soundgarden, "Like Suicide"
  5. wield
    have and exercise
    Safe outside my gilded cage
    With an ounce of pain
    I wield a ton of rage
    -Soundgarden, "Like Suicide"
  6. ruse
    a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
    Common ruse dirty face
    Pretty noose is pretty hate
    And I don't like
    What you got me hanging from
    - Soundgarden, "Pretty Noose"
  7. paradigm
    the generally accepted perspective of a discipline
    Painted blue across my eyes
    And tie the linen on
    And I'm on my way
    Looking for the paradigm
    So I can pass it off
    Is it on my side
    Is it to the sky
    Looking to the sky and down
    Searching for a ground
    With my good eye closed
    - Soundgarden, "Searching with my Good Eye Closed"
  8. rigor mortis
    temporary stiffness of joints and muscles after death
    I can count it on my fingers
    I've got all my reasons not to feel
    I'm numb as rigor mortis
    Scared by monkey faces
    Drowned in shark fins
    But I don't feel like feeling
    Feeling like you
    - Soundgarden, "Face Pollution"
  9. martyr
    one who voluntarily suffers death
    I'm not a martyr, I'm not a prophet,
    And I won't preach to you, but here's a caution;
    You better understand, that I won't hold your hand,
    But if it helps you mend, then I won't stop it.
    - Audioslave, "Cochise"
  10. gable
    the triangular wall between the sloping ends of a roof
    Now the spires and the gables
    grow in orchards to the sky
    And the blessings on my table
    multiply and divide
    -Audioslave, "Out of Exile"

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