Show Me How to Live (song)

Last updated on 16 July 2017

"Show Me How to Live" is a song by American rock band Audioslave. It was released in June 2003 as the third single from their first album, Audioslave released in 2003. It peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, number 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 4 in the Modern Rock Tracks.

The song has a relatively fast tempo. It contains heavy guitar and drum riffs and a solo broken up with a phasing, fluttering effect by Tom Morello, achieved by using a combination of tremolo picking the high E-string, using his trademark Dunlop Crybaby wah pedal and a ring modulator effect.(B)[1] On the final note, singer Chris Cornell achieves an unusual effect by repeatedly striking his throat with the side of his hand while changing pitch.[2]

Screenshot from the "Show Me How to Live" music video

Track listing

  1. "Show Me How to Live"
  2. "Super Stupid" (Funkadelic cover) (Live BBC Radio 1 Session)
  3. "Like a Stone" (Live BBC Radio 1 Session)
  4. "Gasoline" (Live BBC Radio 1 Session)
7" single
  1. "Show Me How to Live"
  2. "Super Stupid" (Funkadelic cover) (Live BBC Radio 1 Session)

Music video

The music video for the song had the band involved in several car chases with police officers. The video also shows clips of the band playing in front of an audience in between car chase scenes. There are also clips of a radio DJ (played by Cleavon Little) singing and dancing to the song. The band crashes into a road block set up by police and explodes at the end of the video. The car in the video, driven by the lead singer Chris Cornell, is a replica of the 1970 Dodge Challenger from the film Vanishing Point (the video itself is actually clips from that movie cut together with shots of the band driving the Challenger). Two cars were used during the filming of the video, one of which was given away in a contest put on by the band. Cornell and the band's drummer, Brad Wilk, autographed the inside of the trunk of this car.

The video was filmed in Los Angeles, California, and was produced by Allan Wachs and directed by AV Club.



Peak positions

Chart (2003) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 67
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[3] 4
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[4] 2


  1. ^ Forest Moreau, Kevin (November 24, 2002). "Shaking - Audioslave: Audioslave album review". Shaking Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  2. ^ Le Driver (March 25, 2005). "The Audioslave News Portal - Frequently Asked Questions". The Audioslave News Portal. Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  3. ^ "Audioslave – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Audioslave. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Audioslave – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Audioslave. Retrieved April 3, 2015.

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