Chris Cornell was writing the music for this song in his basement when he heard a thump on his front door. When he opened the door, he saw a robin writhing around on the ground, it had obviously flown into the window and broken its neck: "Dazed out in a garden bed with a broken neck lays my broken gift."
So he grabbed a brick and smashed the bird with to put it out of its misery: "And my last ditch was my last brick lent to finish her."
Then he went back downstairs and wrote the lyrics.
Kurt - Downers Grove, IL