The Day I Tried To Live

Album: Superunknown (1994)


  • 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."

Comments: 1

  • Muzykaddykt from FranceI may be wrong, but I think it was not easy for Chris Cornell – RIP – to deal with fame, money and glory. These lines:

    — "I stole a thousand beggars' change and gave it to the rich » (record companies making a lot of money while some poor fans buy his music);
    — "I dangled from the power lines and let the martyrs stretch » (he's living among powerful people, while there are more and more people pushed to extreme poverty, giving their life for various causes, etc.)
    — "I wallowed in the blood and mud with all the other pigs » (he dislikes filthy rich people who don't give a care about the price other pay for them, or are oblivious of what the poor go through);

    … sound like he was feeling guilty about being rich and disliked fame, being rich and living among other rich people.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Keith Reid of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

As Procol Harum's lyricist, Keith wrote the words to "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." We delve into that song and find out how you can form a band when you don't sing or play an instrument.

Stand By Me: The Perfect Song-Movie CombinationSong Writing

In 1986, a Stephen King novella was made into a movie, with a classic song serving as title, soundtrack and tone.

Gary NumanSongwriter Interviews

An Electronic music pioneer with Asperger's Syndrome. This could be interesting.

Don Brewer of Grand FunkSongwriter Interviews

The drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.

Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian OrchestraSongwriter Interviews

Writing great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.

Lita FordSongwriter Interviews

Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.