Written entirely by Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden lead singer considered this a companion song to "Fell On Black Days
," which also deals with ennui and depression. Speaking about "The Day I Tried To Live" with Entertainment Weekly
, Cornell said: "The attitude I was trying to convey was that thing that I think everyone goes through where you wake up in the morning and you just don't know how you are going to get through the day, and you kind of just talk yourself into it. You may go through different moments of hopelessness and wanting to give up, or wanting to just get back into bed and say f--k it, but you convince yourself you're going to do it again. And maybe this is the last time you're going to do it, but it's once more around."