Say Hello 2 Heaven

Heart needs to sing. At the memorial at KEXP yesterday, a former well-known DJ from the 90s named Riz made a touching and funny speech about his experience meeting Chris Cornell. Toward the end, he told the audience to pick a Soundgarden song and make it theirs…just not Black Hole Sun. Haha. Too late, I already did that one on harmonium. 🙂

The song that was most poignant yesterday was Chris Cornell’s acoustic version of “Say Hello 2 Heaven”, a song from his time with Temple of the Dog, the mash-up group that included members of Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, and Soundgarden to honor the passing of Andrew Wood of heroin addiction, former lead singer of Mother Love Bone and roommate to Chris.

Chris’ voice is truly incomparable. The tributes from fellow rock stars and musicians across the world speak wonders to his innate talent, his powerful soul, and his generous and tender spirit.

This is my version on harmonium, with a pretty hilarious cat cameo from my sweet Cotton who has just had surgery this week and is wearing a cone on her head. Girl just needed a lap.

Here are a couple version of this song from Chris. Just listen to his ethereal soul-stirring voice. The man forced you to stop and pay attention with every song he sang.  Do listen as well to his cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U.  The voice. The voice. THE voice.

Videos after the lyrics:

Please, mother mercy
Take me from this place
And the long winded curses
I keep hearing in my head
Words never listen
And teachers never learn
Now I’m warm from the candle
But I feel too cold to burn
He came from an island
And he died from the street
He hurt so bad like a soul breaking
But he never said nothing to me

So say hello to heaven
So say hello to heaven

New like a baby
Lost like a prayer
The sky was your playground
But the cold ground was your bed

Poor stargazer
She’s got no tears in her eyes
Smooth like whisper
She knows that love heals all wounds with time

Now it seems like too much love
Is never enough, you better seek out
Another road ’cause this one has ended abrupt

Say hello to heaven
Say hello to heaven

I never wanted
To write these words down for you
With the pages of phrases
Of things we’ll never do
So I blow out the candle, and

I put you to bed
Since you can’t say to me
Now how the dogs broke your bone
There’s just one thing left to be said:

Say hello to heaven
Say hello to heaven

~ Chris Cornell, Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden


7 thoughts on “Say Hello 2 Heaven

  1. I can only imagine how that must have felt to hear that song again, after this sad news.
    Songs get new meaning, like Freddy’s (Queen) “The Show Must Go on”, Prince’s “Sometimes it snows in April” etc. It takes time to really ‘sink in’…take it, sweetie 😉

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    1. Yes, it really is crazy. I think he’d still be here if not for the Ativan. Last night, before bed, I checked Instagram when Pearl Jam finally shared a picture of Chris. They didn’t write anything under it, they didn’t need to. And then the tears started flowing all over again.

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  2. That voice. His loss didn’t really sink in with me, Em, until reading your beautiful and powerful responses to the emotions racing through you following. Some times being so far away means the news feels disconnected from the day to day living. You reconnected me, and yes, that voice. Our generation had such powerful voices welcoming us out of the gate. When I graduated from college, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains were redefining music for us, moving it back into an artistic expression of real emotions and not the corporate misogyny perpetuated by the hair metal bands of the 80s. Now, only Eddie Vedder remains standing of those voices, those voices… both the sounds they made and the words they sang. Thank you for reconnecting me, Em. The power of poetry, the power of community, the power of one woman standing up and singing her heart – I am grateful to listen to you.

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    1. Poor Eddie…I really can’t imagine how dark a time this is for him and the other band mates, friends and family. The magnitude of his impact is huge. Just take a look at all the concert tributes that poured in over the last 6 days…each one powerful and tear jerking. Thank you, S. 🌹

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