Get On The Snake

Album: Louder Than Love (1989)


  • This song is an ode to the days when Soundgarden was just starting out, traveling from gig to gig in a beat-up van (the "snake" is the highway). It wasn't comfortable, but the band was doing what they loved and hungry to make it. Like Bruce Springsteen in "Born To Run," they found themselves traveling in "suicide machines" - not the safest way to get around, but a chance to follow your dreams.
  • Soundgarden uses some unusual time signatures in their songs, which are not always easy to identify. Like "Never the Machine Forever," this one is in 9/4 time. "You can't dance to it, but it sort of sneaks up on you anyway," their guitarist Kim Thayil said.

    Thayil wrote the music for the song; Chris Cornell added the lyric.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Classic MetalFact or Fiction

Ozzy, Guns N' Roses, Judas Priest and even Michael Bolton show up in this Classic Metal quiz.

Dave Pirner of Soul AsylumSongwriter Interviews

Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.

Colbie CaillatSongwriter Interviews

Since emerging from MySpace with her hit "Bubbly," Colbie has become a top songwriter, even crafting a hit with Taylor Swift.

Booker T. JonesSongwriter Interviews

The Stax legend on how he cooked up "Green Onions," the first time he and Otis Redding saw hippies, and if he'll ever play a digital organ.

Wedding Bell BluesSong Writing

When a song describes a wedding, it's rarely something to celebrate - with one big exception.

Cheerleaders In Music VideosSong Writing

It started with a bouncy MTV classic. Nirvana and MCR made them scary, then Gwen, Avril and Madonna put on the pom poms.