Chris Cornell - The Promise



"The Promise" is a song by American singer-songwriter Chris Cornell. The song was written as the ending credits song for the film of the same name. The song was released as a single on March 10, 2017, and is notable as being the last solo release from Cornell prior to his death on May 18, 2017.



The song was first written by Chris Cornell after being approached by movie producer Eric Esrailian to write a song for his movie, The Promise.


Cornell agreed, as the film's topic—the Armenian genocide—resonated with him. While he was not personally Armenian, his wife was Greek, and her family line had been affected by the genocide.


He initially had reservations, being surprised that Serj Tankian of System of a Down was not asked to write the song, as Tankian was working on the movie itself, and had been quite outspoken about the genocide in the past, though with introspection and discussions with the production staff, he came to the understanding that he was a good combination of being neither too close, nor too far removed from the subject.



Lyrics


If I had nothing to my name

But photographs of you

Rescued from the flames

That is all I would ever need

As long as I can read

What's written on your face

The strength that shines

Behind your eyes

The hope and light

That will never die


And one promise you made

One promise that always remains

No matter the price

A promise to survive

Persevere and thrive

As we've always done


And you said

"The poison in a kiss

Is the lie upon the lips"

Truer words were never shared

When I feel

Like lies are all I hear

I pull my memories near

The one thing they can't take


And one promise you made

One promise that always remains

No matter the price

A promise to survive

Persevere and thrive

As we've always done


The books still open on the table

The bells still ringing in the air

The dreams still clinging to the pillow

The songs still singing in a prayer


Now my soul

Is stretching through the roots

To memories of you

Back through time and space

To carry home

The faces and the names

And these photographs of you

Rescued from the flames


And one promise you made

One promise that always remains

No matter the price

A promise to survive

Persevere and thrive

And dare to rise once more

A promise to survive

Persevere and thrive

And fill the world with life

As we've always done