"I had misheard a news anchor, and I thought he said 'black hole sun,' but he said something else. It created this image in my brain and I thought it would be an amazing song title. That was a title that came before music, so the music was the inspiration that came from the images created by those words." - Chris Cornell
''Lyric 'Times are gone for honest men' means it's really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom. It's going to become more and more difficult, and it's going to create more and more disillusioned people who become dishonest and angry and are willing to fuck the next guy to get what they want. There's so much stepping on the backs of other people in our profession. We've been so lucky that we've never had to do that. Part of it was because of our own tenacity, and part of it was because we were lucky.'' - Chris Cornell
''No one seems to get this, but ''Black Hole Sun'' is sad. But because the melody is really pretty, everyone thinks it’s almost chipper, which is ridiculous. It’s funny because hits are usually sort of congruent, sort of an identifiable lyric idea, and that song pretty much had none. The chorus lyric is kind of beautiful and easy to remember. Other than that, I sure didn’t have an understanding of it after I wrote it. I was just sucked in by the music and I was painting a picture with the lyrics. There was no real idea to get across." - Chris Cornell
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''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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