Former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has passed away at the age of 52.

The '90s rock god may be just that: one of the last superstars from the genre's heyday during the grunge movement in the '90s and the alternative spinoff in the early 2000's.

Cornell was the frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave, but he was also a member of the grunge supergroup Temple of the Dog.

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It's beyond difficult to think of our rock gods leaving us (such as David Bowie and Prince last year), but we have the songs and the lyrics of these titans that will stand the test of time.

Cornell was known for his voice, one that almost none other in the rock genre could compete with, but he also was a talented lyricist.

Here are some of Cornell's best songs throughout the years, and the lyrics that accompanied them.

Due to the circumstances, some of the lyrics are very haunting.

Soundgarden: "Rusty Cage"

You wired me awake

And hit me with a hand of broken nails

You tied my lead and pulled my chain

To watch my blood begin to boil

But I'm gonna break I'm gonna break my

I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run

Bonus points: Listen to Johnny Cash's cover of "Rusty Cage" for that extra dose of the realization that death comes for us all, no matter how beloved.

Temple of the Dog, "Say Hello 2 Heaven"

Please, mother mercy

Take me from this place

And the long winded curses

I keep hearing in my head

Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun"

Stuttering, cold and damp

Steal the warm wind tired friend

Times are gone for honest men

And sometimes far too long for snakes

Chris Cornell, "Preaching the End of the World"

'Cause all has been gone and all has been done

And there's nothing left for us to say

But we could be together as they blow it all away

And we can share in every moment as it breaks

Audioslave, "Like A Stone"

Of a book full of death

Reading how we'll die alone

And if we're good, we'll lay to rest

Anywhere we want to go

Audioslave, "Be Yourself"

In a chapel yard

Catches a bouquet

Another lays a dozen

White roses on a grave

Audioslave, "Original Fire"

Golden soldiers born much older than they'll ever live to be

Diving into a sea of hands in a long forgotten city

When the rain falls ever after

The swinging vines hang dead in rafters

Audioslave, "Doesn't Remind Me"

I like throwing my voice and breaking guitars

Cause it doesn't remind me of anything

I like playing in the sand what's mine is ours

Cause it doesn't remind me of anything

Chris Cornell, "You Know My Name" (Theme from "Casino Royale")

Arm yourself because no one else here will save you

The odds will betray you

And I will replace you

You can't deny the prize, it may never fulfill you

It longs to kill you

Are you willing to die

Soundgarden, "Black Rain"

Half alive, I heard the most brilliant lie

Sleepless eyes, close the light

And rest your mind while you burn

Contact Staff Writer Maxwell Reil at 609-272-7258 or at


I’ve written for multiple publications including Levittown Now, Passyunk Post, Philadelphia Neighborhoods,Temple News and JUMP Magazine. I’ve covered arts, entertainment, business, music, sports and local government. Experienced in videography.

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