When "Hands All Over" was released, Soundgarden were met with some resistance, concerning the lyrics "You're gonna kill your mother." But as Kim Thayil explained to Rolling Stone, the words were taken completely out of context. "I think there was a minor protest about [the lyric] — of course, 'your mother' being a metaphor for the environment or the Earth. People flipped out about that," the Soundgarden guitarist recalled. "But I am going to go on the record now to tell everyone, 'Kill your f---ing mother!'" he added, laughing.