"About a Girl" as written by Kurt Cobain....
I need an easy friend
I do, with an ear to lend
I don't think you fit this shoe
I do, won't you have a clue

I'll take advantage while
You hang me out to dry
But I can't see you every night
Free

I'm standing in your line
I do hope you have the time
I do pick a number too
I do keep a date with you

I'll take advantage while
You hang me out to dry
But I can't see you every night
Free

I need an easy friend
I do whip her in to land
I do think you fit this shoe
I do won't you have a clue

I'll take advantage while
You hang me out to dry
But I can't see you every night
No I can't see you every night
Free
I do
I do
I do
I do


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"About a Girl" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +39
    General Commenti think this song is about a girl
    skateron June 06, 2002   Link
  • +14
    General CommentMost of the above is correct, but some of the things being presented as opposing possibilities are actually both true. The song was written about Tracy Marander, and thier relationship was going downhill at the time. One of the main problems for them was her insisting that Cobain find a better job and make more money, and the thought that her greed was ruining thier relationship. In this situation, she started asking him why he hadn't written a song about her ,and this was the result.
    pentalarcon April 27, 2003   Link
  • +8
    General Commentits about his girlfriend tracey who threatened to kick him out of her apartment if he didnt get a real job. she complained that he wrote songs about jerking off but not about her, so to make her happy he wrote this. problem is it totally makes her sound bad instead of being a love song

    but i cant see you every night free = shes literally making him pay to be her boyfriend. hes gotta get a job or he cant be with her every night
    SludgeGarden13on November 19, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's a love song written for his then girlfriend Tracy Marander.
    cdconnon May 03, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song means that he needs something (a relationship) easy not hard; someone to listen and hang out; he thinks he has found someone that meets the criteria but does she even have a clue of that?

    He plans to take advantage while she 'hangs him out to dry' or abandons him by doing him; but he can't be with anyone every night because hooking up has a price--the price being that the girl will eventually fall in love.

    He finally wants to do right by the girl and ask her on a date and he realizes that many would love to date her so he is simply saying, I know you are a special person and I want to do right by you.

    Then he goes back to restating what he wants and the fact that she fits the shoe.

    Regardless of whether or not this was about someone he actually knew I don't know...not a huge fan just heard the song and wanted to interpret. I don't think it matters either way because people should interpret it in a manner that has meaning in their own life. Music, like poetry, is open to interpretation; I am simply sharing what the words put together mean.

    hadtosayon May 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song's about Kurt's old girlfriend Stacey, who threatened to throw Kurt out if he didn't get a job and hold it.
    CompleteNirvanaon December 13, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General Commentofcourse its about tracy, everyone knows that. and hes NOT insinuating that tracy is a hooker, she was threatening to kick him out because he didnt have a job and she was supporting the both of them thats how the "for free" line came in
    KCstillALIVEon October 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song might be to Kurt's old girlfriend Tracy. It was written when they were going through their tough times. It says more in his biography "Heavier than Heaven"
    timmyboy95on July 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is supposedly about his old g-friend Tracy, she did threaten to throw him out. He never said who it was about publically, but one of his spokesmen told Tracy it was about her.
    Fomaon May 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey, JoveW, why dont u shut the hell up? NOBODY CARES!!!
    KIM04on May 25, 2002   Link

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