Be Yourself

Album: Out Of Exile (2005)
Charted: 40 32
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  • This song is about how everyone is different, and how 2 people can react differently to the same event: "Someone finds salvation in everyone, another only pain." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Michael - Vancouver, Canada
  • In an interview with Launch Radio Networks, Chris Cornell said: "The 'be yourself' part really just came from a lot of things that I've gone through in my life and a lot of different changes and all the different tragedies and all the horrendously stupid mistakes I've made in my personal life, and wanting to be able to make up for those things and wanting to be able to not be ashamed, all that stuff. You know, that's the one thing about getting older that's better, and this song kind of says it so simply, to a degree that 10 years ago I would've been embarrassed to put it in a song 'cause it is so simple. But there it is."
  • Francis Lawrence directed the video, which was modeled after the The Beatles documentary film Let It Be. Lawrence has also directed videos for Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2
  • This song was featured on the television show Scrubs on the episode "Mirror Image." >>
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    Marcus - Albuquerque, NM
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Comments: 10

  • Penny from Falls City, Nelove the guitar music in this song
  • Bruce from Millville, NjStrive to be the best person you can be.
  • Joel from Los Angeles, CaI'm not a big Audioslave fan but I do like this. I could see this song used in tv shows like "House" and Showtime's "Dexter".
  • Kyle from La, Ca@george

    technically, you proved his point. we like the song because we get where he's coming from and understand the song in a different way you do.

    but you should be able to say the song is crappy and not apologize for it, that's your opinion and that's the point of the song.
  • D from Waterloo, Iathis is the most beautiful song EVER!!!!!! i love it soo much!!!! i could listen 2 it all day! its about how everyone is different and you should just be yourself and be true to yourself and enjoy life and people will accept you. GREAT AWESOME SONG BY THE BEST BAND EVER! chris cornell is the best singer in the world and a great songwriter!!!!!!!!
  • Robert from Los Angeles, Cahow can you say its a crappy song? it's beautifully simple, yet has a great message. it doesntjust say "be yourself" it means that one event can have a different effect on two people. maybe you.....no,i shouldn't say that about you.
  • Wayne from Las Vegas, NvThe song is great. In my opinion this is the best Audioslave song. It couldn't get much better. Out of Exile is their best album. Too bad the broke up. One of my all-time favorite bands!!
  • George from Jackson, Njcrapy song, like he said, he woldnt have put someting so simple in a song when he was younger. Good message, but comon, be yourself, wow thats real original.idk, Chris Cornell Rocks anyway though
  • Allie from Pine Knob, MiI don't really listen to Audioslave. BUt when i heard it on the radio, i fell in love with it!! i bought it the next day!!! AWESOME SONG!!!!!!!!=)
  • Joseph from Melbourne, AustraliaBeautiful Song!! Chris Cornell rocks!!
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