Cornell's Widow Comments on People Reading Into Chris' Lyrics to Explain His Suicide

"If that soothes you and gives you some comfort in your grief, that's fine."

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Cornell's Widow Comments on People Reading Into Chris' Lyrics to Explain His Suicide
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Chris Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell discussed people reading into "lyrics and darkness" to explain her husband's death, telling Seattle Times:

"If that soothes you and gives you some comfort in your grief, that's fine.

"His lyrics and his music were for you to interpret as it suited you.

"And in his death you can make it and take what you want, if it helps you in your grief and understanding."

Vicky added that for here, Chris was always "a different man" from the rockstar the public knew, "one who didn't wrestle with demons and ever question his desire to live."

She concluded:

"Two months still feels like yesterday. It is still very recent and I'm sure this will be a process to years, to come to terms with what happened. If that’s ever actually possible.

"He loved us so much that it's difficult to imagine life without such love. So we are holding on so tight to what we have."

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    DethCouture5150
    I don't know that he had demons or any kind of stigma, but there is an undeniable sadness that runs through much of his music. Depression isn't cause and effect, it doesn't always make sense like people want it to. I think whatever he felt just got the better of him in a moment where he couldn't resist it, for whatever reason... As a fan and someone who's connected deeply with his music for years, I'm still trying to cope with that. Songs and lyrics that brought a tear to my eye on just any day are so profoundly moving paired with his memory... I'll always remember how his words helped me know myself.
    PRSguitars87
    Overthinking it. Wtf does Spoonman have to do with depression?
    a drummer
    The Day I Tried to Live, Fell on Black Days, Pretty Noose, the list goes on. Chris wrote some dark lyrics with Soundgarden.
    shinyditto12
    Fell on Black days was the only one of those 3 about depression. Pretty Noose was about a bad relationship and TDITTL is about trying to go out in the world to make a difference , but it's not exactly working out 
    Rekreatur
    Intelligent post. Depression doesn't care who you are and even someone that might not actively feel it is still capable of feeling it's effects and sometimes it just hits you at a bad moment . 
    rodrigo.mij1990
    You can understand his way of solving problems just by reading the lyrics of "like suicide", it seems stupid that he killed a bird just because he saw that it wasn't able to fly anymore, Even for me it's not the best way to solve someone's misery, but I'd prefer that kind of approaches rather than extending my suffering through the time, expecting a miracle. 
    kmitchell74
    fans are f*cking insane sometimes, they think everything is about them, or tailored to them
    Eifler121
    In Soundgarden and his early Solo work, there's definitely depressing/suicidal tones and references constantly. It was immediately difficult to listen to his music because not only was he gone, but he sings about the subject fairly often. The Day I Tried to Live, Like Suicide, Blow Up the Outside World, Pretty Noose; it's not much of an interpretation to draw those conclusions. Even on King Animal, Black Saturday deals with wanting to die the second he slows down, and Rowing deals with the idea, more optimistically. Boot Camp, Burden in My Hand, 4th of July, Limo Wreck, just to name a few all have that tone. That said, writing as a way to deal with your personal demons is healthy and not an indicator that you're truly suicidal. You certainly see a trajectory, starting with Audioslave's debut, of him seeming to gain some happiness and writing less depressing songs, generally. I think the shock of his death is that he seemed to have wrestled those demons, was able to go back to Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog, and had earned peace. His lyrics don't predict his suicide; in the same way, the content of his lyrics dealt with it, and death in general often. Especially so in his late 20's/ early 30's. A friend of mine never listened to the bulk of his work until he died, and the first comment he made was, "It's crazy how much he seems to talk about it in Soundgarden."
    PRSguitars87
    I still think its weird that shes doing so much press when nobody knew who she was before he died. Both her and Benningtons wife have been doing tons of interviews as early as a few days after their deaths.
    Matezma
    Are you trying to imply something? They probably get harried every fucking day, that seems the most likely reason for all the press.