"Old Age" as written by and Courtney M Love....
And I will await your highness
I'm so high I cannot walk
And I will await
You cripple
You take away my pride
My peace, my empathy
No babies sleep on atrophy
Your unborn love and fetal stress
Hard bitter candy, legless caress

What was she for Halloween?
The ugliest girl you've ever seen
Someday she will die alone

What was she for Valentine's?
An old forgotten concubine
Someday she will die for no one

She seems to me to know
All that glitters is sour
All the lies in her place
Jesus saves
Old age
Old age
Old age

It's okay to kill your idols
Just pretend you have no rivals
We all know that she is friendless

Spits at mirrors; it's not an issue
Just remove the hateful tissues
We all know her rage is endless

She seems to me to know
All that glitters is sour
All the lies in her place
Jesus saves
Old age
Old age
Old age
Old age

And then she begs and she says "Pretty please?
I'll make her pure again; I'll make her clean"

No one knows she's Hester Prynne
Someone please tell Anne Boleyn
Chokers are back in again

Someday she won't have to fake it
Living will itself seem sacred
Someday she will just refuse

She seems to me to know
All that glitters is sour
All the lies in her place
Jesus saves
Old age
Old age
Old age
Jesus saves
Old age

(Rest in pieces) I'm sorry
(Me in pieces) So sorry
(Rest in pieces) I'm sorry
(Me in pieces) So sorry


Lyrics submitted by smells like girl, edited by scottdoesntknow628

"Old Age [outtake]" as written by Courtney M Love

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  • +4
    General Commentoh my god you idiots, if you had done even 10 seconds of research you would know that kurt did write the music but it was COURTNEY who wrote the lyrics. it's just that most nirvana fans are so far up kurt's ass that they try and act like courtney's just some evil bitch with no brains or imagination of her own. the truth is that courtney is a smart and talented woman and is more than capable of writing lyrics just as good as kurt's, or even better than his. and please stop with the same old bullshit "courtney killed kurt" conspiracy theories on every single hole/nirvana song, are you all 10 years old or something??
    angelangelon March 06, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is a pretty good song. And who the fuck cares if Kurt wrote it? It isn't as if Courtney tied him to a chair and forced him to write her a song. He gave it to her willingly. Plus, she's several times admitted she didn't write it in interviews, though she never said it was Kurt, probably knowing that people would only make a big deal out of it.

    Here's what Courtney had to say about Old Age in 1997: "Old Age is partly someone else's composition. It's something somebody had a little bit of and I said 'let me have the rest of it' and I wrote this thing in it and tried to make it goth. I found it, wrote it, and recorded it the same night."

    You can tell that this is more Kurt-style than Courtney-style lyrics, though. Fuck, it says KURT all over it with the way it's written. Especially the first verse and the chorus.
    Cineon August 20, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe best parts of the song, the verses, are courtney's and the chorus and composition are by kurt.

    all of you NIRVANA fans need to chill the fuck out -he killed himself partly because he was afraid of becoming the very thing you have turned him into. fuck off and get over it

    the whole thing to me seems to be about the ups and downs of fame

    "all that glitters is sour"
    could mean that being a rockstar looks great and glamorous but it can quickly turn into something awful -a testament to what she and kurt were going through at the time

    "we all know her rage is endless"
    possibly courtney writing about herself and her reputations a hot head


    "(Rest in pieces) I'm sorry
    (Me in pieces) So sorry"
    i hate to pull the kurt card but this could be about him. during unplugged she kept looking up during this song almost as if she was apologizing for not being enough to keep him going. she's telling him goodbye but by saying "me in pieces" it implies that she's shattered and doesn't know what to do without him -her life is in pieces
    housecloudson December 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalso she gave credit to kurt for writing "you've got no right" [ which is a great song ]

    i love the unplugged version of this song
    solastsummeron September 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationwas houseofclouds the only one to explain the lyrics?

    No one knows she's Hester Prynne
    Someone please tell Anne Boleyn
    Chokers are back in again

    Hester Prynne; particularly known for being a "truly liberated, defiantly sexual" character of her time.
    Anne Boleyn; accused of adultery and incest in 1536.
    My shallow guess:
    Character in the song (possibly Courtney, as houseofclouds interpretation would also imply) is secretly a whore, and an impending goth (choker reference?).
    It seems as though she's floating through life ("friendless", "pretend to have no rivals") with little self-esteem, getting closer death every day , which will be her ultimate and final rebellion ("one day she will just refuse", maybe suicide?).
    Will not reach old age.
    monekoon January 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst lyrics i have entered at songmeanings.net *claps for self*

    anyway, this is my favorite hole song. I don't really know how to describe it...but I really adore it. Especially the part that goes:
    What was she for halloween
    the ugliest girl you've ever seen
    someday she will die alone

    smells like girlon July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a really cool song. it's...amazing. i think it would have been better on 'live through this' than "credit in the straight world",but i dont really know..i like how they used the beginning (and i will await your highness...) in 'credit...' though.
    plastic tiaraon August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the same person as smells like girl. courtney is now letting out the box set, pet virus84. and kurt did write part of this song...however, he never actually played or recorded it, i beleive. and, from what i heard, he only wrote part of it. never-the-less, it's an amazing song. my body the hand granade is one of the best albums out there.
    x_cunt_xon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't care if Kurt wrote this song. It fucking rocks. One of my favorite songs out there...
    disillusionon March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKurt wrote the original there is a demo of it floating about and a real short live jam of it by Nirvana I prefer Kurts he can sing better then courtney who can't pitch a note at all
    craiguson April 16, 2003   Link

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