"If You Must (Version 1)" 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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  • +3
    General Commenti think hes kinda talking about ppl like us who try to decipher song meanings. which is funny because it means kurt cobain was already making fun of this website before it even existed.
    smashingrocker666on June 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has a creepy guitar line.
    juffon July 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about how anyone can write a song, he's nothing original. It's all a pattern, all part of a process, and it doesn't mean anything anymore.

    Very cynical song in my eyes.
    LaDiabloon August 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is showing that they havwe the power to write about any song and say whatever they want about it and the title if you must basically shows that if you're that popular and you can write about anything why not write about how you make your music
    Incesticide80on June 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think hes kinda talking about ppl like us who try to decipher song meanings. which is funny because it means kurt cobain was already making fun of this website before it even existed. oh and also about writing songs...
    smashingrocker666on June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome. It sounds very well . The voice of kurt sounds very desperate. He sang it with a great passion, a passion that is very rare in a musician, and nowadays with all that good charlotte and yellowcard crap it is even harder to find.
    scoffedon December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe is singing about himself.
    exhaustedon December 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about highschool. and how its so hard to fit yourself into it. how only the people are judgement on the way you are and look. at teh begingin of teh song, i imagined being looked over, liek when your writing something, a test or a poem or somthign, and people want to know what your doing, and you curl up so your paper is three inches form your face, and you turn away, with your knees up at your shoulders, sheltering yourslef as you write.
    i dunno. i may very well be wrong.
    captain.crackon January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song says that lyrics mean nothing at all, its the music, not the lyrics
    Drum_Headon February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuhh, i might be off, but i really thought the chorus was:

    'If you want
    to put off,
    an image
    the extremes....'
    egbon May 14, 2006   Link

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