"Pay to Play" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Monkey see, monkey do
I don't know why I
Walk around, follow you
I don't know why I
Throw it out, keep it in
I don't know why I
Have to have poison skin
I don't know why I

Pay
Pay to play

Walk an inch, take a mile
I don't know why I
Never fade, never smiled
I don't know why I
Never mind, eat and run
I don't know why I
Fuck your ass, for the fun
I don't know why I
Pay
Pay to play

I don't know why I


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"Pay to Play" as written by Kurt Cobain

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    General Commenti agree with the trend thing but actually, i think the "pay to play" reference is to places that actually charged bands to play there.
    blueopiumon December 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is actually the demo version of stay away , right?
    whitepoetton July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes it is.....
    floppyon August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think stay away is a better name for the song... so yeah. cool song tho
    smashingrocker666on June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits the same song, just changed around so it'd be better on nevermind as stay away. Stay away definetely sounds better cause it's revised and more crisp and cleaned up.
    jkcclarkie27on April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so much better than Stay away, SO MUCH
    Penny_Royaltyon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti like stay away because it's catchy but the drums at the start are awesome!!!!! also, ely_nirvana is right, the line fuck your ass for the fun is better than any line in stay away, though this is lacking the line "i'd rather be dead than cool", one of my personal favourites.
    yes, it has roughly the same meaning as stay away, non-conformity.
    peace_love_empathyon December 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe had his first job to sell something with a catch phrase imbedded into his song.

    He made fun of it and tried to communicate the essence of the sickness of it.
    zaorron June 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I listen to this I laways think that the "Pay to play" bit sounds like South Parks mickey take of Jonas Brothers in "The Ring" episode singing "BAY-BAY". lol Excellent song though and a great example of what I love about Nirvana.
    Pixie214on January 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure Nirvana has a song called Pay to Play that ISN'T an earlier version of stay away. Shouldn't the lyrics to that be posted here?
    Monojoneson January 02, 2011   Link

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