"Serve the Servants" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Teenage angst has paid off well
Now I'm bored and old
Self-appointed judges judge
More than they have sold

If she floats than she is not
A witch like we had thought
A down payment on another
One at Salem's lot

Serve the servants - oh no
That legendary divorce is such a bore

As my bones grew they did hurt
They hurt really bad
I tried hard to have a father
But instead I had a dad

I just want you to know that I
Don't hate you anymore
There is nothing I could say
That I haven't thought before

Serve the servants - oh no
That legendary divorce is such a bore


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"Serve the Servants" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +7
    General Commentthis song tackled many of kurt's issuses at the time. the part about judges is for the record label hating the entire theme of in utero, the part about the witch is his anger towards the media's "witch hunt" style of attacks on courtney,the line "that legendary divorce is such a bore" is kurt's annoyance towards the media tracking all of his problems back to his parents divorce and finally the part about his bones and his dad were about his shitty childhood
    FROST17on February 09, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's about the press and how they are "serving the servants" and so is he by talking to them. They're self-appointed judges who don't even make music themselves, they go on witchhunts and don't care about the consequences so long as they get paid (down payment). The divorce, the bones growing and all that is just the stupid shit he thinks they wanna hear. He doesn't hate them anymore because he's already thought about anything they could possibly ask so what difference does it make anymore. He considers himself wiser than they are basically.
    Kbombzon July 31, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"Teenage angst has paid off well now im bored and old". In an interview with kurt he said this statement was how he felt about the whole idea of grudge music and how much of a bore it had become . He also said that "In utereo " was less personal than his previous recorded albums , which is only half right . Kurt had become bored and old his whole life , his beliefs , ideas were being overly analysed by the media . Of course francis and courtney became a spectacle and for kurt to have to stand by and watch how everything he helped create and love was becoming everything he would eventually come to loathe . This song is about the power of success over an artist trying to break down old barriers . Inside kurts mind his parents divorce always haunted him , he brings in blunt insight into this but in a less serious way , he was coming to terms with it in this song . While other artists were still belly aching about there own personal lives and kurt was the leader of this sadly , so the barriers could never be brought down so to speak . Serve the servants oh no is very vague in context really , the servants being himself and his family serving the media and want they want , to watch him and his wifes career and marriage fall apart . Kurt couldnt help but relieve the horrors of his past in that aspect , so hes giving in to what the media wants to hear , hes became to bored to fight against it like he use too .
    Madatheearth88on May 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn verse 3 Kurt is making amends with his father as he was planning to kill himself soon. See my comments for Heart-Shaped Box on 04-29-2002 @ 02:01pm (not my comment right after that about the cancer quote) and All Apologies on 04-29-2002 @ 02:31PM for more. By the way, what did he ever see in that harpy Courtney?
    Bite Meon May 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBite me, u r ignorant. Kurt wasn't planning that far ahead. And actually, I don't think Kurt killed himself. check out cobaincase.com it will open your eyes.
    fuckyouallon May 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is an autobiographical song about the whole Nirvana experience, the 'witch hunt' on Courtney Love, and a sarcastic response to the emphasis placed on the divorce of Kurt's parents
    nirvana6969on June 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song's about how the media has completely invaded his life.

    They started making fun of his wife and parents acting like they were "supporting him" when in reality they were just trying to make a buck.
    Kermit4Prezon October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe was manic depressive since he was a teenager, "fuckyouall". I'm surprised he didn't kill himself sooner. That's just another reason his life was so interesting. NOW WHO'S IGNORANT?
    Bite Meon May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is just totally awesome an sincere..i can soo realte to the line "i tryed hard to have a father but instead i had a dad"..my dad really sux so i can totally relate
    afipunk84on June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, according to Heavier Than Heaven anyways, he wasnt really manic depressive...he did have stomach conditions which drove him to heroin though...but no, he probably wasnt planning on killing himself this early...and I also dont believe he really killed himself...I think it was a cartoon mouse angry that kurt liked the cartoon monkey Chim Chim from speedracer more than he did him....
    i_love_lianaon June 08, 2002   Link

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