The third track from Chris Cornell's third studio album finds the ex-Soundgarden frontman vowing sweet revenge on those who've wronged him. While it seems like he's addressing people trying to steal credit for his work ("They just want to take what is mine, how much more can they get"), Rolling Stone
had a different interpretation.
At the time, Cornell was locked in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Susan Silver, who was also the manager for Soundgarden. In 2005, he filed a $1 million lawsuit against her on the grounds that she cheated him out of royalties and withheld his Grammys and other music-related possessions from him. While he was working on the Scream
album in 2008, he finally got back 15 of his guitars from her, including the Gretsch he played in the "Black Hole Sun
" video. When the magazine asked if the vengeful track was about his ex-wife, Cornell replied: "I wouldn't disagree. But I have this weird philosophy that the truth comes out more when it's subconscious. If I said, 'I want to write a song about how I'm feeling,' it wouldn't come out."