"Word Forward" as written by David Eric Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Christopher A. Shiflett and Nate Mendel....
Goodbye Jimmy, farewell youth
I must be on my way I have had enough of you
I was a young man proud and true
Just a simple boy with nothing else to lose
Years that I've wasted these I owe you's
They're just fucking words
This is life or death
It's time to clear the air you better save your breath
Say have you heard
Say have you heard
The poison in my heart voices in my head
Years that I've waited these I owe you's
I meant every word for word for word forward
Word for word for word forward
Word for word for word forward
Word for word for word forward
But it's only words
I meant every word
They're just fucking words
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Word for word for word forward
Word for word for word forward
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"Word Forward [#]" as written by Taylor Hawkins David Eric Grohl

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  • +5
    General CommentIdiots, this song has nothing to do with Kurt's death, just like the other songs. A good mate of Dave's that he grew up with called Jimmy died last year or something and this song is about moving forward because that's all you can do at a time like that.
    thebig1on November 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningOn Storytellers, he said it was about his friend Jimmy passing away, and it's about moving on, but when he says "farewell youth" it's almost like he's saying that all those memories are only in his head now. There's no one to share those moments with him, no one that he can reminisce with, so now he has to leave all that behind and move forward
    siggy23on January 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI've read what you've all written BEFORE me and I'd like to suggest that there's more to the lyric than Dave is telling us. None of you mention that John Paul Jones is in this band with Dave... did you think it was a solo project?

    It's well-known that John Paul Jones got the royal shaft from his old bandmate Jimmy Page... Jimmy SwanSong... on more than one occasion, quite publicly. I have never read or heard anywhere about John Paul turning down an invitation from Page to join him and Plant for another of their money-grubbing reunion gigs, because he hasn't been asked. I HAVE read and heard about Jones's disappointment with not being included, and the empty promises he's heard from Page... "we'll call you for the next one"...

    So, I'm just suggesting this, but the first time I heard the song it made me think, Jones is finally making a statement!

    I know, I know, Dave Grohl sings the songs, Dave Grohl writes the songs. But maybe Dave writes songs that say something on behalf of his friends.
    UncaGeeon May 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. Almost seems to me that it is Dave telling everyone to shut the hell up about saying every song is about Kurt. Almost like, this is their greatest hits album, a recollection of their legacy, songs that they want to be remembered by and they (the songs) don't need to be associated with Cobain's death. And when he's saying, "they're just fucking words!" I think it means that they (the words to a song) aren't necessarily meant to be interpreted deeply every single time, especially interpreting them as being about Kurt. Just let him write songs and stop harassing him about it.

    Also, it seems that when he sings:

    "They're just fucking words
    This is life or death
    It's time to clear the air
    You better save your breath
    Say have you heard
    Say have you heard
    The Poison in my heart
    And voices in my head"

    it is almost as if he is saying, "Yes, his death hurt me and I owe him a lot, so here is a quick note about him and that's it. STOP interpreting everything as being about Kurt". When he says, "you better save your breath" it is also like he is saying that he doesn't want to hear it anymore, so don't even bother. It still hurts him ("poison in my heart") and he is still haunted by it ("voices in my head") but he has moved on and so should everyone else.

    It just seems that way to me, especially because the song says, "fucking words" and considering that the Foo's never really swear, especially not to this extent, I think Dave is definitely trying to make a point with it.
    slapshot63on October 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIdiots, this song has nothing to do with Kurt's death, just like the other songs. A good mate of Dave's that he grew up with called Jimmy died last year or something and this song is about moving forward because that's all you can do at a time like that.
    thebig1on November 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJimmy Swanson was my first love..Everyone loved him.He was a great man. BrianDF's comments are lies. Just a jealous fool.
    rhonda1969on August 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like this song is half finished... like it could use another verse... otherwise good song.
    thegarbagemanon November 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have a hard time figuring out just what this song is about exactly.

    Dave stated at the VH1 Storytellers gig that it is about his close friend Jimmy Swanson dying and how after something like that happens, all you can do is move forward.

    I get that, but I don't quite understand how the "I meant every word...they're just fucking words" stuff ties in with that.

    But I guess in the end, it's just about moving on and going forward.
    nibbleson December 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningMaybe he is saying there has to be more to life. Sometimes when someone close to you dies you realise
    that you need to start living.Focus on what is important and let go of the negative.

    They're just fucking words
    This is life or death
    It's time to clear the air
    You better save your breath

    But I guess it is a very personal song and the writer will only ever know the true meaning......

    erialcyokoon May 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd BrianDF Richie just lost his beloved wife and your comments about him are not true. All of Dave's real friends and schoolmates are pretty awesome. You should remove your comments since they are untrue and you obviously aren't a fan of Dave's. Dave deserves his success. He earned it. Went to school with him and he played the drums at friend's parties. Also my beloved Jimmy graduated from high school in 87'.. Contrary to a story that said otherwise. Jimmy loved life and his family and his friends. We all love him still. As seen after his death and at his memorial. Dave and Kurt were close. Dave did interviews and spoke fondly of him. Rest in peace Jimmy. I love you forever blue eyes.
    rhonda1969on August 27, 2014   Link

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