Hands All Over

Album: Louder Than Love (1989)
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  • This is an environmental song written by guitarist Kim Thayil (music) and lead singer Chris Cornell (lyric). It's about the abuse of mother nature (blanketing the ocean with oil, the clear cutting of old growth forests). Then the lyrics go on to say, "Put your hands away, your gonna kill your mother," meaning the Earth.

    In 1989, Thayil and Cornell did an interview on MTV's Headbangers Ball with host Ricki Rachman (Ricki's first day on HB) and those were some of the things they mentioned. The video featured a girl personifying Mother Earth. >>
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    April - Ferndale, WA
  • Kim Thayil plays some very complex guitar parts on many Soundgarden tracks, but on this one he kept it simple - just one riff and one chord, with lots of variation in the dynamics.
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  • Ringgo from Montclair, CaCoolest earth conscious song ever!! K, maybe it's the only cool one there is.
  • Daniel from Douglasville, Gathis song is about how america cant stay out of other people's ( or countries) business. baby brother = the little man, and the mother = nature maybe? it then goes on to talk about nature being abused in more concrete terms.
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