The famous vocalist of Soundgarden and Audioslave passed away today.
An article published by Catholic Link in May 2016 explains how, in spite of his own agnosticism, Cornell was not only engaged in a personal inner search for meaning and truth, but wrote lyrics that touched on his own spiritual quest, even dedicating a song to the Eucharist: “Like a Stone.” In fact, he included religious references in songs like “Black Hole Sun” (“And my youth I pray to keep/ Heaven sent hell away/No one sings like you anymore”), and even sang the Ave Maria more than once, as you can see in these two videos:
Even if the reference to the Eucharist in “Like a Stone” seems to be dim (“The sky was bruised/The wine was bled/And there you led me on”), its general religious content is strikingly evident:
On my deathbed I will pray
To the gods and the angels
Like a pagan to anyone
Who will take me to heaven
To a place I recall
I was there so long ago
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