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Chris Cornell - You Know My Name (From "Casino Royale" Soundtrack)


Chris Cornell - You Know My Name - About the song


This was the theme from the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. It looks at the character of James Bond in a very cold, negative manner. Some of the references to Bond and the casino scene in the movie: "The Odds will Betray you" - Referring to the odds in a card game. "When the storm arrives, would you be seen with me?" - A question of loyalty. "Try to hide your hand" - Card games. Life is gone with just a spin of the wheel" - Roulette reference.


Chris Cornell has said inspirations for writing this theme came from Paul McCartney's theme for "Live And Let Die" and Tom Jones' theme for Thunderball.

Cornell discussed the writing of this song and explained why he didn't mention the film's title in the lyrics:

"Lyrically, it was really easy. It was the only book where Ian Fleming wrote this vulnerability into the character, not yet this invincible super spy. On one hand, I was unlucky that I was given this film that had a really s---ty title to write a song to, not like Thunderbird or Live And Let Die. Nobody wrote a song called 'Octopussy' but I think that was a mistake! They had a great opportunity and they squandered it."


You Know My Name - Lyrics


If you take a life, do you know what you'll give Odds are, you won't like what it is When the storm arrives, would you be seen with me By the merciless eyes I've deceived I've seen angels fall from blinding heights But you yourself are nothing so divine Just next in line Arm yourself because no-one else here will save you The odds will betray you And I will replace you You can't deny the prize; it may never fulfill you It longs to kill you Are you willing to die The coldest blood runs through my veins You know my name If you come inside, things will not be the same When you return to the night If you think you've won You never saw me change The game that we have been playing I've seen this diamond cut through harder men Than you yourself But if you must pretend You may meet your end Arm yourself because no-one else here will save you The odds will betray you And I will replace you You can't deny the prize; it may never fulfill you It longs to kill you Are you willing to die? The coldest blood runs through my veins Try to hide your hand Forget how to feel (Forget how to feel) Life is gone with just a spin of the wheel (A spin of the wheel) Arm yourself because no-one else here will save you The odds will betray you And I will replace you You can't deny the prize; it may never fulfill you It longs to kill you Are you ready to die The coldest blood runs through my veins You know my name (You know my name) You know my name (You know my name) You know my name! You know my name! You know my name!


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