Ty Cobb

Album: Down On The Upside (1996)
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Songfacts®:

  • Soundgarden bass player Ben Shepherd wrote the music for this song, and lead singer Chris Cornell added the lyric. The words "Ty Cobb" don't appear in the song; it was originally titled "Hot Rod Death Toll," but Shepherd thought the song reminded him of the famously cantankerous baseball player Ty Cobb, who holds the all-time batting average record, but was also known for being an outspoken racist, womanizer, and alcoholic.

    Cornell didn't write the words with Cobb in mind, but was simply channeling an angry idiot with a penchant for profanity - the word "f--k" appears 21 times. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bert - Pueblo, NM

Comments: 5

  • Dan Gillespy from Courtenay BcA perfect hard rock song about a grumpy mean old baseball legend.
  • Austin from Charlotte, NcThe chorus (part with the f word repeatedly) is not included in the lyrics of the album cover-booklet (Down on the Upside)
  • Hanna from Stockholm, SwedenI love this song. I always try to keep up with it, but you who have herd it might know that that's not gonna happen.
  • Gary from Seattle, WaThis song sports several more f-bombs than "Big Dumb Sex".
  • Jonathon from Clermont, FlThis was their last single.
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