"If You Must (Version 2)" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
I can read, I can write
I can breed, proven plight
Nurse my greed, crease infold
Is it me, or my ego
Write some words, make them rhyme
Thesis or story line
Set the mood, something new
Is it me, or my attitude
If you want to put off an image
The extremes, the extremes
Act it out
Practicing
Perfecting
Pressuring
Onto me
I will wade in the fire
To explain your asylum
Idle times, analyzing
We'll compare all our sightings
You must
I speak to hear my voice


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"If You Must [Demo]" as written by Kurt Cobain

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    General CommentI always hear "crease and fold" pronounced as "crease n fold" which reminds me of paper airplanes or origami - something you sit around make when you have a lot of time on your hands. The word phylum, being a nice biology word, denotes a classification of plants. Again, there's the idea of some sedentary, inanimate thing (a plant). Sounds to me liek a vague cyincal attack on music taxonomists (oh they're indie, and they're neo-punk, and Nirvana's pop-punk-metal, etc.) When it comes to "compared our sizings" I get the impression the song is directed at another band, or a band member.
    mbeanison October 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is very powerful. It really had no set plot to it, just seems like hes letting off steam about certain things....and I love Nirvana no matter what there singing..

    ~The Gi
    Saraghinaon June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti got these lyrics from digitalnirvana.com. But there is anohter version of the song. Actually, there is a more common version... I'll add it.
    Karmapaxon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is cool..plz read lyrics from Frieden
    whitepoetton July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song might be a dis against prog rock because in his journal Kurt said prog rock always has to many ing words. Look at the chorus "practicing, perfecting, pressuring..."
    egbon May 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commentfinally sum 1 got lyrics rite to a friggin song. i love this song.
    KurtLiveson December 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfinally sum 1 got lyrics rite to a friggin song. i love this song.
    KurtLiveson December 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great because he talks about alot of things that we don't often talk about. It's about song-writing "write some words, make them rhyme". And as any person does... you sometimes question why your doing what your doing. "Is it me or my ego", "Is it me or my attitude". THen it is about making music sell, and this is very true. Its about the extremes. If you want to put off an image, you have to act it out...and it takes practice and perfecting to create an image that you want to sell. There is alot of pressure to create music for the people...not just music to express yourself. So it's "If you must"
    Nittyon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat I get out of it is something like, "Do it." Don't play it safe.
    kingoftheinterneton April 21, 2007   Link

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