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Soundgarden - Rusty Cage


Soundgarden - Rusty Cage - Meaning of the song


Time spent in a claustrophobic tour bus provided inspiration for this song. Chris Cornell said that he came up with the idea for this song while the band was on tour in Europe.


"I have a vivid memory of staring out the window, looking at the countryside, and feeling pent-up.

I never wrote any of the words down, but I somehow remembered them. When we finished the tour and Soundgarden returned home to Seattle, I picked up a guitar and tried to come up with music that I felt matched the essence of that song. I wanted to create this hillbilly Black Sabbath crossover that I'd never heard before. I thought that would be cool and possible. I thought, 'If anyone can do it, Soundgarden can do it.' I was listening to a lot of Tom Waits at the time, and I wondered how Soundgarden could approach similar imagery and I wondered what the music would sound like. 'Rusty Cage' is what I came up with."


Rusty Cage - Lyrics


You wired me awake And hit me with a hand of broken nails You tied my lead and pulled my chain To watch my blood begin to boil But I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run Yeah I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my I'm gonna break my rusty cage And run Too cold to start a fire I'm burning diesel burning dinosaur bones I'll take the river down to still water And ride a pack of dogs But I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run Yeah I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my I'm gonna break my rusty cage And run Hits like a Phillips head into my brain It's gonna be too dark to sleep again Cutting my teeth on bars and rusty chains I'm gonna break my rusty cage And run When the forest burns along the road Like God's eyes in my headlights And when the dogs are looking for their bones And it's raining icepicks on your steel shawl Well I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run


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