Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart

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"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart"
Single by Chris Cornell
from the album Higher Truth
ReleasedAugust 12, 2015[1]
GenreAlternative rock
LabelUniversal Music Group
Songwriter(s)Chris Cornell
Producer(s)Brendan O'Brien
Chris Cornell singles chronology
"Heavy Is the Head"
"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart"
"Nothing Compares 2 U"
Music video
"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" on Vimeo

"Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" is a song by American rock musician Chris Cornell. It was released as the lead single from his fifth studio album Higher Truth (2015). The song hit the top 5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and is also his first entry on that chart since 2007's "No Such Thing", as well as his first entry on the Alternative Songs chart since 1999's "Can't Change Me" and his first song to enter the Adult Alternative Songs chart.

Origin and lyrics[edit]

In an interview with Yahoo! in 2015, Cornell talked about the inspiration behind the song:

I was on tour with Soundgarden, and I remember writing down the title. The title immediately brought up the idea of the song, which is that someone is so distracted by a new person or a new thing in their life that they kind of forgot that they had given up on life. Sometimes it just happens without us even noticing.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Jessie Hill was released on September 11, 2015.[3] Cornell and Eric Roberts play prisoners about to be hanged; as an onlooker (Elena Satine) distracts the hangman, Cornell's noose is sabotaged by the executioner's assistant so he survives his hanging, and is forced into marriage with the woman who sabotaged his hanging. The video ends with the other prisoner about to be hanged and the onlooker about to play her part again. Cornell's 10-year-old son, Christopher, also appears in the video.[4]

Cornell insisted on doing his own stunts and had an accident on set. The shooting of the mock hanging didn't go as planned and they were forced to do it several times. The liquid chemical singeing a noose tied around Cornell's neck rubbed off on his neck, leaving him with second degree burns on his shoulder.[5]

Three weeks after Chris Cornell's suicide by hanging on May 18, 2017, the music video was removed from YouTube.[4]



  1. ^ Michelle Geslani. "Chris Cornell premieres new song "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  2. ^ Arnold, Chuck (May 18, 2017). "Chris Cornell Flashback Q&A: 'We Have to Be Aware That Life Is So Short'". Yahoo!.
  3. ^ "Chris Cornell Faces the Hangman's Noose in 'Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart' Video". Loudwire. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Chris Cornell's Final, Morbid Music Video Has Been Taken Offline". Spin. 12 June 2017. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Chris Cornell Burned On Music Video Set In Mock Hanging". TMZ. September 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Chris Cornell Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  7. ^ "Chris Cornell Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chris Cornell Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs – Year-End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  10. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved January 25, 2022.