Searching With My Good Eye Closed

Album: Badmotorfinger (1991)

Songfacts®:

  • "Do you hear a cow?" asks Chris Cornell on this track from Soundgarden's landmark album Badmotorfinger. Probably best not to read too much into it.

    Cornell spoke to Rock Power in March of 1992 about his lyrical goals and processes. "A lot of times, there's no particular intent to my songs lyrically," he said. "A lot of times, like on 'Searching With My Good Eye Closed,' I'll sort of let the music write the lyric. What I enjoy doing is making paintings with lyrics - creating colorful images. I think that's more entertaining and what music should be."

    He continued, "My favorite thing to do is create a situation, a story, a circumstance, that doesn't exist. I'm not the type of writer who can say, 'Here's my sex song'; 'Here's my love song'; 'Here's my political song.'"

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.

80s Video Director Jay DubinSong Writing

Billy Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.

Danny Clinch: The Art of Rock PhotographySong Writing

One of rock's top photographers talks about artistry in photography, raising funds for a documentary, and enjoying a County Fair with Tom Waits.

Dean PitchfordSongwriter Interviews

Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."

Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)Songwriter Interviews

The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.

Lajon Witherspoon of SevendustSongwriter Interviews

The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.