Audioslave was formed after Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against the Machine. Producer Rick Rubin suggested that they contact Chris Cornell. Rubin played them Soundgarden song “Slaves & Bulldozers”. Cornell was writing his second solo album, but decided to shelve it so he could join this potential new band. Guitar player Tom Morello described Cornell: “He stepped to the microphone and sang one song and I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t just sound good. It sounded transcendent. And… when there is an irreplaceable chemistry from the first moment, you can’t deny it.” They wrote 21 songs during 19 days of rehearsal and began working in the studio in late May 2001
In this song, Chris Cornell asks for help from God, saying that He created him, but now needs his guidance. There are a few religious references in the song, including “Nail in my hand,” which is relates to the crucifixion of Jesus.
Near the end, Cornell created an interesting vocal effect by hitting his throat with the side of his hand to change the pitch of his voice
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