"Something in the Way" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Underneath the bridge
The tarp has sprung a leak
And the animals I've trapped
Have all become my pets
And I'm living off of grass
And the drippings from the ceiling
But it's okay to eat fish
'Cause they don't have any feelings

Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yeah
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yeah
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yeah
Ummmmm

Underneath the bridge
The tarp has sprung a leak
And the animals I've trapped
Have all become my pets
And I'm living off of grass
And the drippings from the ceiling
But it's okay to eat fish
'Cause they don't have any feelings

Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yeah
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yeah
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yeah
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yeah
Ummmmm


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"Something in the Way" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +11
    General CommentActually it's about when his parents kicked him out and he was living under a bridge.
    King Nothingon April 05, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThrough reading Charles Cross's Kurt biography it's been found from a number of reliable sources (family and friends of the time) that the story of running away and sleeping uner the bridge in aberdeen is untrue - the people that say that it isn't true (His aunt and two friends I think) explain it in a really good way - they say that "Kurt never let the facts get in the way of a good story" I like to think of him that way - he wrote these amazing songs and although we dont have to read them as though they are all autobiographical, they still hold so much poetic imagery and beauty! Bye4now!
    CaNiS mAjOron April 18, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentToo bad he never actually did live under a bridge.
    StephM168on June 15, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment'The “something in the way” was Kurt. He felt like he was just something in the way. The song details the time he supposedly lived under a bridge. (He never actually did live under a bridge, but told people that he had.) The song is essentially about being discarded by those around you and made to feel like a burden. It’s a pretty personal song.'
    –The Amazing Atheist
    Psychonomalyon December 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLife under the washington state bridge....it hink thats the name of the bridge other meanings r also whats hes trying to say in the song, songs like these r called double-meaning songs kurt wrote alot of these
    KurtCobain2727on July 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe point that people keep making about his rockstar status as a metaphor in this song doesnt really make sense, seeing as how the album came out BEFORE he became immensely popular, thus the song had to be written evern earlier.
    sketchydonon July 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey thats really cool... [adds washington bridge to places to go before i die]
    Punker829on August 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan, lol. Some people have it right on here some people don't.

    This song was written by Kurt as almost a stab at his parents and family, telling them that this is where they have sent him, 'underneath the bridge'. Also, it was a methaphor for isolation and lonliness that all of us feel as adolscents.

    It is NOT a true story. Kurt could not sleep underneath the bridge that he is referring to, as the Wishkah rivers tide rises and would wash him away!

    Also, as a sidenote, Kurt recorded the Nevermind version of this lying on his back in Butch Vigs recording studio, playing his old beat up stella I believe.

    They couldn't get the song right, so Kurt walked up to Butch as said 'This is how it should sound' and layed down on his back and started playing/singing. But was like 'Whoa, whoa, wait wait' and turned off everything in the whole place, put mics all around Kurt, and let him go at it. And it worked out beautifully.

    No matter how sad some think this song is, I always get a chuckle out of imagining Kurt lying on his back and singing it, heh.
    OnTheMantleon March 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou guys keep arguing about what he specifically talks about in this song. But usually when someone writes a song/poem. They dont use a specific memory, situation, etc. Ok lets say someone was feeling sad, and wanted to write a sad song, they don't neccasirly draw from one experience. Because that makes the song one sided. And kind of makes it hard for everyone to relate. In away everyone is right, he could of been drawing from being under a bridge or a rock star. Personally, the song is one of my favorite songs mainly because you have to listen to what Cobain says. He makes it very hard to listen to his lyrics, on purpose. Personally I think he did what he did because he felt he sold out. But that's another subject. But I pull from the song a intimate feeling of loneliness and isolation,..
    Bigpapapumpon February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKurt loved playing with words and was a word smith. It is not really about actually living under a bridge even if that story was true.

    Underneath the bridge
    ok literally what does a bridge do? It connects two places together. What is a common bridge that would be in the US? a bridge that has train tracks. What are train tracks a.) something that is stagnant while something uses it (ie a train) to get going b.) train tracks are slang for herione tracks. Also back to the bridge reference if you are under a bridge you cannot utilize the bridge you have to stay in one place.

    The tarp has sprung a leak

    Well this one could mean a condom that broke and now he is stuck with a decision. Something in the way now if he is a good man he has to be a father figure. This is come in between him and what he wanted to get ahead and this is not a wanted pregnancy. However in this context this could be a sort of here I am a huge druggie and I cannot take care of myself now I have something I have to take care of. But I also think the song is about multi layers and a lot about drugs. In order to inject herion I read that you add water, mix up, filter with something (aka the tarp), draw up and insert into a vein. The bridge could be visual of between the vein the needle (aka the bridge) and the drugs. The bridge therefore is a needle that is inserted in the vein and it is separating blood from the drug. Sounds like he had a BAD herione fix or he overdosed. When you overdose they have said it is like being underwater. You cannot breathe and you need something to shock your heart back so you will breath. Like when you give morphine to a patient you have to check their respirations and use a drug to conteract the morphine if they do not breath.


    And the animals I've trapped
    Have all become my pets
    okay the animals are druggies. They have fallen in his den and perhaps he is giving these druggies drugs in exchange for sex. But druggies are no longer human they are animals. Either way they are following him around hoping they will give him drugs. Lots of druggies or they are groupies or both. They are caught in his webs of drugs. I do not think it is about his music groupies but drug groupies. Or the fact it is common for people to exchange sex for drugs. He owns them because he has drugs enough to share with his "pets." Also it is pretty messed up idea that the animals or humans that you have trapped are now under your thumb adoring you like a pet. Also another idea of trap is "any of various devices for removing undesirable substances from a moving fluid, vapor, etc., as water from steam or cinders from coal gas." The trap could be a drug reference for what you use to draw up herione like a piece of cotton. Also there is something called "Cotton Fever" where you use a piece of cotton to draw up a needle but you also get more than a filter you could draw up bacteria etc check out heroinhelper.com/user/health/… for more info. So the animals are bacteria from a bad batch and they now are inside his blood stream making him sick.


    And I'm living off of grass
    I think this is a key that the bridge is not real. The phrase is living off the land then maybe it was to say he actually lived under that bridge. I think that it is not pot though since he is a herione addict. But perhaps saying this is a key to the real meaning that I am putting an obvious drug reference. His whole "last dance with maryjane" "lets hit another joint" to paraphrase another artist. It is jarring to kind of tell the views hey pay attention if you think it is actually literal then her is a key to the meaning. The brittish slang meaning of grass is to inform/betray someone perhaps it is to say he is living off of lies/betrayl which would go with the all my trapped animals are not my pets idea. But this could be very much reaching. I think it is a reference to poppie plants which are used in herione. Like that scene in the Wiz of OZ where the fields are just full of poppies. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/heroin/transform/


    And the drippings from the ceiling
    Goes back to the orginal images of living under a tarp and it had leaks. But as I said before the tarp was the fitering. So he is living off of herione. Also he is under a bad fix which is suffocating himself and it is starts off small then pours. Being suffocated by the drug because his lungs cannot work because his muscles are too relaxed from the drug. He is paralysed and not being able to breath. Something in the way causing him from being able to breathe.

    But it's okay to eat fish
    'Cause they don't have any feelings
    So the fish idea he is literally drowning from the bad fix. A pun of drowning under the bridge where the fish are. But also Fish scales are cocaine in its purest form. When you eat Heroine if changes into Ketamine. Ketamine is a drug that drugs-forum.com/forum/… it works by cutting off your brain from your body. Perhaps saying that maybe try ketamine instead of herione. It is better if you inhale it instead of injecting it because it causes worse side effects if you inject than inhale. When you do Ketamine you have no feeling or if you have cocaine and snort it you have no feeling. The sign of the fish thing is interesting but maybe another ironic layer. But when you do Ketamine it is better because there are less aparently bad side effects that you get in Herione like respiratory effects. Yet as I learned in this article about Ketamine "onset of Intravenous ketamine can occur so rapidly and be so overpowering that a user can be rendered unconscious before even removing the needle."

    Something in the way
    Ummmmm
    Something is a song by the beatles also and kurt was a fan this seems to kind of might be a messed up version of that hook "something in the way she moves attracts me like no other lover" aka herione is his lover but also maybe suggestive that some girl is in his den and performing things to get drugs. lyricsfreak.com/b/beatles/… the lyrics about being under the love of a lover that one cannot leave. He cannot leave Herione even though he knows better and that he should. The other version is a happy one about being so in love perhaps the repeating of the lyrics is what he is looking for but obviously cannot get when he is not under the influence of Herione. Herione makes him feel like crap but also makes him feel good.
    Often people say that they feel they are "wrapped up in cotton." stopheroin.net/…

    Kurt had overdosed at least once and lived to tell about it. I think this is about perhaps his overdosing or maybe another person overdosing and it scared him.
    freshmegamixon August 02, 2012   Link

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