Euphoria Mourning – Chris Cornell's Sweet Sunshower

This seemed apropos, given the weekend, and the Cornell’s recent departure from the earthly plane. Strangely, it’s not that well known a song, despite being — at least in our minds — one of his finest works. Mad Duo

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Singalongs – Chris Cornell’s Sweet Sunshower

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Sweet Sunshower came to us from the album Euphoria Morning, which Cornell recorded with songwriter Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider (of the band Eleven) in 1999. It was his first solo album, his only work between Soundgarden and Audioslave, and was originally supposed to be called Euphoria Mourning, but a typo screwed it up.

Take a listen.

Sweet Sunshower Lyrics

Dark as roses, fine as sand

Feel your healing and your sting again

I hear you laughing and my soul is saved

On forgotten graves you cry

Crawl like ivy up my spine

Through my nerves and into my eyes

Cuts like anguish

Or recollections of better days gone by

But its all right

When you’re caught in pain

And you feel the rain come down

Its all right

When you find your way

Then you see it disappear

Its all right

Though your gardens grey

I know all your graces

Someday will flower

In the sweet sunshower

Eyes like oceans so far away

A feather trail to a better way

Worried mornings turn into days

Then into worried nights

But its all right

When you’re all in pain

And you feel the rain come down

Oh its all right

When you find your way

Then you see it disappear

Oh its all right

Though your gardens gray

I know all your graces

Someday will flower

Oh in the sweet sunshower

Oh in the sweet sunshower

In the sweet sunshower

I know all your graces

Someday will flower

In the sweet sunshower

And its all right

All you’ll be you are today

Are today

Its all right

All you’ll be you are today

Are today…

Hear Cornell talk about Euphoria Morning right here himself .

Here’s a live version, if you’re interested.

“Here’s the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don’t find it anywhere else.”  Bob Dylan

“Music is for every single person that walks the planet.” Robert Plant

“All of these situations involve aspects of a ritual where soldiers come together and participate, either by listening or singing/yelling along with the lyrics, in organized, pre-combat actions. Many times these actions are repeated before each mission or patrol. In this way, metal and rap are means of creating aspects of social ordering. The soldiers psychologically prepare themselves for the possibility of combat through the shared experience of music…Music is a means of establishing the identity of the group and supports the feeling of togethernes thorugh a ritualized musical experience.” The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare.

“Music has been an integral part of warfare and the soldier’s life since the dawn of history. Even the instruments on which it is played have themselves acquired great symbolic power — a regiment’s drums are second only to its colors as an emblem of honor and tradition. In the 18th century, the act of enlisting was described as ‘following the drum…” William Trotter

Read Trotter’s Music of War here.

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