"Lounge Act" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Truth covered in security
I can't let you smother me
I'd like to but it couldn't work
Trading off and taking turns
I don't regret a thing

I've got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel
And I wanted more
Than I could steal
I'll arrest myself
And wear a shield
I'll go out of my way
To prove I still
Smell her on you

Don't, tell me what I wanna hear
Afraid of never knowning fear
Experience anything you need
I'll keep fighting jealousy
Until it's fucking gone

I've got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel
And I wanted more
Than I could steal
I'll arrest myself
And wear a shield
I'll go out of my way
To prove I still
Smell her on you

Truth covered in security
I can't let you smother me
I'd like to but it wouldn't work
Trading off and taking turns
I don't regret a thing

I've got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel
And I wanted more
Than I could steal
I'll arrest myself
And wear a shield
I'll go out of my way
To make you a deal
We've make a pact
To learn from who
Ever we want
Without new rules
We'll share what's lost and what we grew
They'll go out of their way
To prove they still
Smell her on you
They still, smell her on you
Smell her on you


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"Lounge Act" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +6
    General Commentaccording to the book-- the girl this song is about is Tobi Vail (of Bikini Kill), Kurt's girlfriend for most of the time he wrote Nevermind. Kurt tells Tobi the song is about her and says he won't play it when Courtney is at the concert.
    drgonzzoon July 11, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis song (TO ME) is back and forth thoughts from kurt's mind about his girlfriend and this other guy who she is seeing.

    Sounds like a love triangle with a girlfriend of his. Maybe this chick was not all into him, maybe she had kurt on the side and he knew it. For some reason this girl captivated kurt despite the fact that she was seeing this other guy. He knows its bad for him though. "Couldn't work, Trading off and taking turns" Although its bad for him, looking back at the situation he doesn't regret being with her.
    "I dont regret a thing"

    *Don't tell me what I want to hear stanza* - she's lieing about her whereabouts and etc.. about the whole situation and he knows it. Funny thing is more than likely he doesn't confront her about it.

    Ill go out of my way to prove I still smell her on you. Kurt could have known this guy - circle of friends

    Stealing - stealing the girl away from him, but he wanted more. "Arrest myself and wear a shield" He has to hold back from killing him ( she would be put off by this barbaric behavior and leave him possibly) but kurt goes out of his way to let that guy know, "I know you're with my girl." "smell her on you" Could be a tactic kurt used to intimidate this other man. Intimidate him so he would stop seeing his girl.

    The last stanza something happened between all 3 of them. He tries to make a deal with her and it probably doesn't end up working. Im not exactly 100% sure but thats how I interpret this song. The last stanza is the hardest for me to interpret. It is a deal with him or her, more than likely her by saying "sharing what's lost" and what we grew.

    Kurt was jealous and was spying on this chick lol. Almost sounds like he was obsessed. We all been there. And it sucks when a chick you really like isn't feeling the same vibe as you =[

    Feedback and criticism is welcome. By the way kurt was a pisces and they are known to be caught up in some strange love situations. Wouldn't suprise me.
    grungerdudezon December 11, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General Commentwhere the hell did u hear that? I think the last person in the world to commit rape would be kurt cobain, im sorry, but i have a real hard time beliving that.

    The line "still smell her on you" could be about bein cheated on.
    KIM04on May 03, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthe line 'i'll wear a shield' is referring to the k records logo which he (kurt cobain) has tatooed on his arm.
    luv_burns_meon May 04, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"We've made a pact to learn from who
    Ever we want without new rules
    We'll share what's lost and what we grew"

    i think that pretty much somes it up.

    this song is so underappreciated it makes me sick. i think it's one of nirvana's best. i don't care if it's about rape-- that doesn't really matter. cobain is so genuinely angry in this song; what matters is that feeling you get listening to him scream.
    once_i__on June 30, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Truth - covered in security"

    lol, I have always found this line strangely funny. Its just kinda weird y'know? I mean... does he say "Truth, Covered insecurity" as in he has secret insecurities or "Truth, covered IN security" as in he has many secrets that are well kept?

    Makes you think... Kurt had a way of playing with words like that...
    the_masked_magicianon January 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthere's whats wrong with the whole rape idea, kurt was very unpredjudiced and very kind to people. That why he wrote the song polly, to mourne for a girl who was raped and killed and he felt so bad about that, thats what cause's me to think the whole rape theory is bullshit. no offense to major believers
    jkcclarkie27on April 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about Tobi Vail. Several of Kurt's subjects or songs or song titles are about Tobi Vail- Hello? Kathleen Hannah spray painted on his bedroom wall "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit"- Tobi Vail's deodorant. Lounge Act is about a letter he wrote to Tobi but never sent it. Courtney Love wasn't even on the scene yet. Krist Novoselic even says so.

    My god! Kurt Cobain never raped anyone! He was a huge proponant of women's rights (hence a reason he was drawn to Tobi Vail. She was a Riot Grrrl and activist for equal rights for women in music and throughout society in general, especially free speech and anti-violence against women) and disgusted by rape. He wrote about the entire episode his journal.

    "In a last attempt to make it clear, Lakeside High School has never had the facilities to teach those chronic retards. A lot of naive asshole kids just called her retarded because she never talked.-- And she offered me some twinkies and I sat in her lap and said "let's fuck" and I touched her tits and she went into the bedroom and got undressed in front of me with the door open and I watched and realized it was actually happening so I tried to fuck her but I didn't know how and I asked her if she had ever done this before and she said a lot of times mainly with her cousin. I got grossed out very heavily with how her vagina smelled and her sweat reaked so I left.--and that day the girls father came in screaming and accusing someone of taking advantage of his daughter and they went to the principals office and yelled at each other-- and I went down to the station and recorded my confession of what I did and said that her family can't do anything because she was 18 and not mentally retarded."

    Know your Cobain before you post stupid drivel. Don't start senseless rumors about what you think you know- seriously.
    jinxd_musicon November 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf Kurt killed a cat he did it in a manic episode, and I can guarantee he felt very fucking sorry when the depression kicked in.

    I have the exact same mental conditions as Kurt and I've been charactarized as "highly intelligent" my IQ is 130, and I think I can relate to him like few others. This song also describes a past relationship of mine perfectly down to every last sentence.

    anywho, here's my intepretation:

    Truth - covered in security : Telling the truth to the extent it's making you look bad.

    I can't let you smother me
    I'd like to, but it couldn't work : I think this one speaks for itself.

    Trading off and taking turns
    I don't regret a thing : Not regretting getting high behind her back?

    And I've got this friend, you see
    Who makes me feel and I'm
    Wanted more than I could steal
    I'll arrest myself, I'll wear a shield
    I'll go out of my way to prove I still
    I still smell her on you : Drug-euphemism, possibly mary jane. Cops use more resources on
    busting addicts than on petty criminals and thieves (wanted
    more than I could steal)and he would turn himself in and
    tell the cops she's on drugs too and would go out of his way
    to prove it. (maybe he had drugs hidden at her place, and/or
    Maybe he had smoked weed while wearing her clothes.

    Don't - tell me what I wanna hear
    Afraid of never knowing fear : Dont give me false hope.

    Experience anything you need : This I think is his girlfriend nagging him about wanting to
    live her life and experience things while she is young.
    (Fuck other guys)
    I'll keep fighting jealousy
    Until it's fucking gone : Bipolar love, no self-respect.


    We've made a pact to learn
    from whoever we want
    without new rules : Agreeing that they can fuck around, even though she is the only
    one who actually wants to. (Don't tell me what I want to hear)


    If this does not make sense to you, then you are probably not bipolar, or I am just too stoned to make sense.
    dudr8on February 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the part about wearing a shield is about the tatoo on his arm, it was a letter k in a shield, it was the logo of some record company, this song is about tobi and cheating
    jackassdanielon July 01, 2003   Link

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