I don't have a clue what a lot of my favorite songs are about. I know the melody and memorized the words and have a sense of the mood or spirit but the literal meaning? No idea- or at least not a very good one.
"Pretty Noose" is a tune I dug from the first time I heard it because, A) I love Soundgarden and B) there's one line in the song that Cornell may have intended one way, but I've taken the liberty of making that line work for me.
"I Don't Like What You've Got Me Hanging From"
I don't know if the rest of the song is about feeling strung along by someone else or being left twisting in the wind, but that's what the one line in the chorus meant to me and it was a feeling I could indentify with. I feel like I should give a disclaimer: no representation is made that the quality of my interpretation is equal or greater than the quality of interpretations made by other writers (to say nothing of actually representing the songwriter's vision of the song). But I'm not going to. Because my way works for me and is therefore correct… enough… ish.
Take that line, a good riff, a great voice, and you have yourself reason enough to blare a song in your car.
Now, let's watch music together…