"Something From Nothing" as written by Oliver Hawkins, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl and Christopher Shiflett....
Give me the flammable light
I'm cold as a match, ready to strike
So here I go

Here lies a city on fire
Singing along
The arsonist choir
Now here I go

It's started with a spark
And burn into the dark
Now here I go

There is a river I've found
Into the wild
Under the ground
So here I go

A button on a string
And I heard everything
Now here I go

Oh sweet ignition be my fuse
You have no choice you have to choose
Bid farewell to yesterday
Say goodbye I'm on my way

But in the end we all
Come from what's come before
So here I go

Oh sweet ignition be my fuse
You have no choice you have to choose
Bid farewell to yesterday
Say goodbye I'm on my way

I threw it all away because
I had to be what never was
Been so hungry I could lie
Took my word, I took your wine

And held you in my bloody hands
These rattled bones and rubber bands
Washed them in the muddy water
Looking for a dime and found a quarter

But you can't make me change my name
They'll never make me change my name
Pay no mind now ain't that's something
Fuck it all I came from nothing

I'm something from nothing
You are my fuse
I'm something from nothing
You are my fuse

It goes oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
It goes oh, oh, oh
All rise!

No you can't make me change my name
You'll never make me change my name
Pay no mind no wait that's something
Fuck it all I came from nothing

I'm something
From nothing
I'm something
From nothing


Lyrics submitted by Johann4u, edited by Crazyguy1990, Giuegi, intothegrinder

"Something from Nothing" as written by David Grohl Chris Shiflett

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  • +3
    Song MeaningThis song has everything to do with coming from nothing and making it big in the big city, more specifically Chicago, IL. The references to Buddy Guy are scattered through out.

    "A button on a string" Buddy Guy talks about how we would convert anything he could into an instrument because he was broke when he was young.

    "Been so hungry I could lie
    Took my word, I took your wine" - Buddy talks about an encounter with someone who helped him make it big, he ended up drinking wine with the gentlemen"

    "And held you in my bloody hands
    These rattled bones and rubber bands
    Washed them in the muddy water" - Muddy Waters is the Father of Chicago Blues.. also Buddy guy made a guitar like sound out of a rubber band.

    "But you can't make me change my name
    They'll never make me change my name
    Pay no mind now ain't that's something
    Fuck it all I came from nothing"- The suits wanted to change Buddy Guy's name to have him become more marketable. Also, Buddy Guy mentions how "Mother Fucker" was a popular term at the time, maybe Dave threw it in there to pay homage.
    BuckBrewPackon October 22, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSeems to me like it's Dave commenting on his post-Nirvana status, and how this band is his "Something from Nothing" (after the breakup of Nirvana).
    Crazyguy1990on October 22, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Give me the flammable light
    I'm cold as a match, ready to strike
    So here I go

    Here lies a city on fire
    Singing along
    The arsonist choir
    Now here I go

    It's started with a spark
    And burn into the dark
    Now here I go"

    Here they're talking about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
    MoDippon February 04, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta simple interpretation of the universe and everything in it.
    Eddevedon March 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is clearly about Kurt.
    moonlight1974on January 14, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionRespect for the intended meaning of the song and for all opinions/interpretations.

    This song took on a completely different meaning for me
    StephCPAon November 17, 2016   Link

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