Be Yourself (Audioslave song)

Be Yourself (Audioslave song)

Infobox Single
Name = Be Yourself

Caption =
Artist = Audioslave
from Album = Out of Exile
A-side =
B-side =
Released = June 2, 2005
Format = CD, Cassette, Vinyl
Recorded =
Genre = Rock
Length = 4:39
Label = Interscope
Writer = Chris Cornell, Audioslave
Producer = Rick Rubin
Certification =
Last single = "What You Are"
This single = "Be Yourself"
Next single = "Your Time Has Come"
Misc =

"Be Yourself" is the first single by Audioslave for their second album "Out of Exile". It was released in 2005. The song was number one on the Modern Rock Tracks charts for three weeks in 2005, and number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts for seven weeks in 2005.

Next to Like a Stone, it is considered the band's most well known song, and is still played on radio stations world wide.

It is the theme of the "2005 RAW Diva Search" which was held by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and was temporarily used as the entrance music of the winner of that contest, Ashley Massaro. It was also used in the "Scrubs" season six premiere episode "My Mirror Image". New York Mets' outfielder Shawn Green also used the song before his at-bats at games in 2006.

There was a contest held by in which fans of the band could submit their pictures, over two dozen of which were selected and featured on the 7" Vinyl release of the single.

Track listing

# "Be Yourself" - 4:38
# "Like a Stone" (Live Version)
# "Show Me How to Live" (Remix By T-Ray) - 4:48
# "Be Yourself" (Video) - 4:48

Import version

# "Be Yourself" - 4:38
# "Super Stupid" - 3:24
# "Show Me How To Live" (Remix By T-Ray) - 4:48
# "Be Yourself" (Video) - 4:48


A. "Be Yourself" - 4:38
B. "Super Stupid" - 3:24

ong meaning

The lyrics were inspired by events from frontman Chris Cornell's own life. "The 'be yourself' part really just came from a lot of things that I've gone through in my life and a lot of different changes and all the different tragedies and all the horrendously stupid mistakes I've made in my personal life, and wanting to be able to make up for those things and wanting to be able to not be ashamed, all that stuff," he explained. "You know, that's the one thing about getting older that's better, and this song kinda says it so simply, to a degree that 10 years ago I would've been embarrassed to put it in a song 'cause it is so simple. But there it is."cite web| - AUDIOSLAVE Frontman Explains Lyrical Inspiration For 'Be Yourself'||url=|accessdate=2007-05-17|date=2005-04-08]

Music Video

The video was filmed in an old hotel in downtown Los Angeles and directed by music video veteran Francis Lawrence who has directed videos for Gwen Stefani, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith and made his feature film directorial debut with Constantine. It begins with the band playing the song, a close-up of Tom Morello playing his guitar for the most part. Close-ups of Chris Cornell singing follows, along with more of Morello's guitar. The band is then shown, after the chorus, in a dark, isolated room with large windows, much like the room in their video for Like a Stone. Close-ups of Morello during the guitar solo follow, with abstracted views of Cornell, while lights in the background change colors quickly. During the last chorus, lights in the background flash colors of red.

Cornell has said that the band modeled the concept after The Beatles' film "Let It Be". He said: "If you watch 'Let It Be', the look of the film makes the band look like it's an important happening. I just wanted to look important, like things looked when I was a child."cite web| - New AUDIOSLAVE Video Inspired By BEATLES' 'Let It Be'||url=|accessdate=2007-05-17|date=2005-04-08]

This video is much like the video from their second single, Like a Stone, where as the band is only shown playing in a dark room.


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