Kurt Cobain's Saddest Song...

Kurt Cobain was a once-in-a-lifetime talent. He spoke to you through his lyrics; he made you feel his pain, see through his eyes and into his head. Even with the fame, money, and love, it's seemed that Kurt was destined to burn out. "If you die you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I'm not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I've got"- Kurt Cobain

Kurt has written some very powerful/sad songs, but there is one that stands out head and shoulders above the rest and is perhaps his saddest and most powerful of all.

The song is "You Know You're Right"

The first time I ever heard this song, it truly brought tears to my eyes because of how deep the song and music video are. The lyrics in "You Know You're Right" say exactly what Kurt feels and what is going on in his head. You can really hear/feel all the aggression, anger, pain, sadness, torture, and depression in his voice. If you connect the dots and see that the lyrics and music video are referring to his life, it makes the song very emotional. Not to mention that at some point in our lives we or someone we knew were in the deep, dark, black hole of depression and probably contemplated leaving this world. Most overcome it, but there are those who do not and see only one way out! So, everyone can connect to this song, relate to it, understand it, feel it, and recall when you felt as Kurt did. This makes "You Know You're Right" probably one of the most powerful Sadist songs in the history of any form of music.

There's only one way for you to understand this and that's by:

1. Reading the lyrics
2. Listening to the song
3. Watching the music video

"You Know You're Right"

I would never bother you
I would never promise to
I would never follow you
I would never bother you

Never speak a word again
I will crawl away for good
I will move away from here
You won't be afraid of fear

No thought was put into this
Always knew it would come to this
Things have never been so swell
I have never felt this well

(alt:
I have never felt so frail/
I have never failed to feel/
I have never felt to feel/
I have never failed to fail)

Pain! [x3]
You know you're right [x3]


I'm so warm and calm inside
I no longer have to hide
Let's talk about someone else
Sterling silver begins to melt

(alt:
Steaming soup against her mouth/
Steaming soup begins to melt)
Nothing really bothers her
She just wants to love herself

I will move away from here
You won't be afraid of fear
No thought was put into this
Always knew it would come to this

Things have never been so swell

I have never felt this well

(alt:
I have never felt so frail/
I have never failed to feel/
I have never felt to feel/
I have never failed to fail)
Pain! [x5]
You know you're right [x17]
Pain ...

 

"If my eyes could show my smile, everyone will cry as they see me smile"- Kurt Cobain: Who knew it would be his last song (released)? I guess he knew it was coming to an end. Pretty eerie 

Here is the album with the previously unreleased song "You Know you're right" on it. Nirvana

If you have a song/ artist that's impacted you or really made a connection, please feel free to share, I would love to hear it.

Written by Eazy on August 14, 2014

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Stan Current on August 14, 2014

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Thank you Eazy, for this excellent portrayal of Kurt Cobain. Esp after Robin Williams passing. I felt the same when I first heard You Know You're Right.

The song also says to me there is a way we all need to be, watching for what gets in the way, how we can help each other. We're just passing thru. But there's too much that's making it impassable for a lot of us.

Kurt and Robin were definitely "no enemy." They were out of this world but so down to earth. Just wish they didn't have to leave. They took it as far as they could.

It is hard. We don't know if they, or anyone who leaves, are free. I pray they are. They gave us gifts of life we need to pass on to each other.

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Wow! you are so right,they were both out of this world and I'm sure if people seen it coming they would of intervened or it might of been already past "the point of no return"; sadly it's too late for Kurt and Robin. But, not for those who are still alive & contemplating suicide, we can really learn from these deaths & hope those in need.

sometimes I wonder what's going through the heads of the rich & famous that commit suicide; I mean they have the life that so many will die for and really no worries, but for reasons only known to those who taken their live's, something very evident and immensely present is missing.

I guess fame and money cannot give you complete happiness. Sometimes, physiological scars never heal, depression is never to far away and life in general is way to much. Very sad....

Thank for you comment stan

AnonymousTom on October 30, 2014

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Happiness is knowing the end. Christ is not only the end, He is also the beginning. The Beginning and the end. If you know where you are going, and are walking hand in hand with someone familiar with both the start and finish, there's no fear nor anxiety! John 3:16,17.
Then, depression will be far away and life in general will be way better! "I (Jesus) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts. What if a person doesn't believe though? Or believe but, still receive these emotions, is it or isn't it a natural reaction in humans, with the belief or not? Give me your thoughts...

Justin on October 30, 2014

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Great song, sad but powerful. Considering it was basically just a random new song quickly written and demo-ed many months after In Utero, it was pretty good and holds up to some of their best stuff.

Even despite that the song was simply a demo, I can only imagine a finished version of it would have been amazing and could have easily been a single from their next album.

I almost wish they waited a bit longer for it's release. It would have made for an amazing way to promote something like In Uteros 20th anniversary. But alas, the track was leaked and a formal release was rushed.

With Unplugged and talk of a Michael Stipe collaboration, people speculated Nirvana would have taken a more melodic turn.

I think songs like this always prove that Nirvana was always best served raw. They can do soft and quiet well, but this song reflects the band we know and love.

Ultimately, it's bittersweet. They ended with a great, haunting song that was very much their signature sound. Unfortunately once it ended it was like a kick in the gut when the realization set in that this was the very end of the Nirvana song catalog....

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Justin I agree with you and I can't even imagine if it wasn't rushed, how good it would be, probably on the same level of Smells like teen spirit, maybe? Although rushed, it's really great as is and I believe it is the rawest song from Nirvana, which is saying a lot, considering there other songs.

I'm gonna go ahead and say, Nirvana's unplugged set on Mtv was magical and probably will go down as the most influential live set in history! As well as, best?!

Nirvana can tug at anyone strings because of the songs content really makes a connection, not just this song, but all of them..

I agree it's extremely bittersweet and what a haunting song/ final good bye...

Thanks for your comment Justin!

Anonymous on December 11, 2014

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"If my eyes could show my ***soul***, everyone ***would*** cry as they see me smile"

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I seen/ heard that quotes many times, it's so sad, I wonder when was the tipping point in Kurt's life? I heard it was when he got famous but, I also heard it was from a stem of life events leading up to it. There's gonna be a new documentary going to be release next year, 11 year project is finally done, can't wait to see it. Thanks for your quote

Rose Phoenix-Cobain on December 28, 2014

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This song was written to me. It is about Kurt's love for me and the break-up of his marriage to Courtney. He talks about life without me is very painful and how he would never bother me... although he plans to if Courtney didn't plot to have him killed when he was leaving her for me. He talks about his marriage to Courtney "No thought was put into this, always knew it would come to this" that is not about suicide. He also talks about being there to protect me and moving away from Seattle.... "I will move away from here, you won't be afraid of fear....." The famous lines and song title YOU KNOW YOU"RE RIGHT is him telling me that I know I am the one he is talking about! This is the twentieth song he has referenced me in. Cheers!

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WOW! Ummmmmm, Rose is you don't mind me asking, how did you meet Kurt? How long were you with him? Do you know Courtney personally? Maybe you can include a little bio of yourself and kurt's relationship in a comment, I would love to read it and I'm sure others will.

Little curious Rose, how did you find out about this blog?

Thank you for your comment and breaking down the song from your point of view.

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