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Soundgarden - Outshined



Written by Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell, this is one of his more personal songs. It deals with the extremes of his personality: how he can feel like he's on top of the world one moment and in the gutter the next.


The line, "I am looking California but feeling Minnesota" became one of the most memorable Soundgarden lyrics. Chris Cornell came up with that line when he was in a dour mood and looked at himself in the mirror. He was wearing his typical outfit of baggy shorts and a T-shirt and realized that he looked like a carefree beachgoer, even though he didn't feel like one.


Cornell explained:


"I suppose there are moments on this LP where I'm being more biographical," he said. "I've never really been biographical in my lyrics, so when I wrote a line like 'I'm looking California and feeling Minnesota' from 'Outshined,' it just felt refreshing."



Lyrics


I got up feeling so down

I got off being sold out

I've kept the movie rolling

But the story's getting old now


I just looked in the mirror

Things aren't looking so good

I'm looking California

And feeling Minnesota


So now you know, who gets mystified

So now you know, who gets mystified


Show me the power child

I'd like to say

That I'm down on my knees today


It gives me the butterflies

Gives me away

Till I'm up on my feet again


I'm feeling out-shined ...


Someone let the dogs out

They'll show you where the truth is

The grass is always greener

Where the dogs are shitting


I'm feeling that I'm sober

Even though I'm drinking

I can't get any lower

Still I feel I'm sinking


So now you know, who gets mystified

So now you know, who gets mystified


Show me the power child

I'd like to say

That I'm down on my knees today


It gives me the butterflies

Gives me away

Till I'm up on my feet again


I'm feeling out-shined ...


So now you know, who gets mystified


Show me the power child

I'd like to say

That I'm down on my knees today


It gives me the butterflies

Gives me away

Till I'm up on my feet again


I'm feeling ...


Show me the power child

I'd like to say

That I'm down on my knees today


It gives me the butterflies

Gives me away

Till I'm up on my feet again


I'm feeling out-shined ...



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