"Milk It" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
I am my own parasite
I don't need a host to live
We feed off of each other
We can share our endorphns
Doll steak, test meat

I won my own pet virus
I get to pet and name her
Her milk is my shit
My shit is her milk

Doll steak, test meat
Look on the bright side is suicide
Lost eyesight I'm on your side
Angel left wing, right wing, broken wing
Lack of iron and/or sleeping
Protector of the kennel
Ecto-plasma
Ecto-Skeletal
Obituary birthday
Your scent is still here in my place of recovery


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"Milk It" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is definitely one of Nirvana's most disturbing AND disturbed songs in their ballpark, and it shows. One of Cobain's main talents was to sound like a cornered, ferocious animal at one moment, and then sound like a fragile, scared child in another. Excellent.

    For me personally, I think this has a very similar lyrical theme to the song "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails. It describes a relationship that is only used for receiving pleasure for both parties involved in the act. Both of the two people in the song KNOW they are using eachother for sex, as they can find no way out of misery other than having hard, animalistic sex. For them, the lovey dovey shit doesn't matter - its the both of them letting out all their pent up aggression by fucking. It could also be about drug use or suicide, but I'm not sure.
    CheeseLordon January 16, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about suicide as a solution to the problem that one does not feel accepted (which is VERY common for people suffering from a depression):

    I am my own parasite
    (He is self-sufficient in some way, in what way? one
    can ask...)
    I don't need a host to live
    (However parasites do need a host to live, that is the definition of the word... hence he doesnt need to live. He is self-sufficient to take his own life)
    We feed off of each other
    (I think this is a general criticism of the human nature and/or culture, in which cobain felt outside of or denied access to. Humans are each others parasites, they feed on each other)
    We can share our endorphins
    (describes the fundamental human drive, sex, but does it in a technically and cold way. Theres no love, just egoistic "parasite-love")

    The first verse gives a reason to commit suicide, and indicates that he is allowed to do so, as he is himself.

    Doll steak!
    Test meat!
    (Notice that the word are put together wrongly: "Test doll" and "meat steak" would make more sence. If that assumption is correct, it would seme that someone is testing meat, and eating plastic, instead of the doing the opposite (right) way. "Someone" I think is "the others", those who live an "evil" life, the establishment (dont read it as something childish skate/punk rebelion, but rather as the word "culture")
    Meat is often used as something human, while plastic is something fake or artificial.
    Instead of living as humans, the "normal people" are living as "plastic-digesters" aka. fakes, and they are destroying living meat in "crash testes". I do not believe the crash-test-thing should be taken too seriously.)

    Look on the bright side is suicide
    (As a solution to all this, one can escape it, but only through suicide)
    Lost eyesight I'm on your side
    (This is a hard one, but I believe that it is either is Cobain saying: "im on your side, but you cant see it" or: that someone is saying to Cobain: "im on your side" and Cobain replies "But you have lost your eyesight" = you cant see it from my angle/point-of-view.)
    Angel left wing, right wing, broken wing
    (An angel with broken wings = no hope, in my opnion)
    Lack of iron and/or sleeping
    (...is medical reasons for depression)

    I own my own pet virus
    I get to pet and name her
    Her milk is my shit
    My shit is her milk
    (there's some self-recognition here (as far as I see): He owns his own desructor, the virus, in which he can put his guilt and blame, it feeds on his shit, and he is the one who names it. Even though he have criticized and placed the guilt outside himself, he do know that the shit comes from himself)

    im very uncertain about the outro part

    Protector of the kennel
    (to protect something that doesnt need protection, or something about keeping the hounds locked in?)
    Ecto-plasma, Ecto-skeletal
    (ecto-plasma is that thing ghosts are made of, ecto-skeletal is somewhat more concrete... maybe its something about he doesnt care whether he becomes a ghost or just dies... after-life contra nothingness)
    Obituary birthday
    (it could be some religious reincarnation thing, however I do recall that Cobain wasnt religious according to himself. I believe its something about that the death can be good or a happy thing)
    Your scent is still here in my place of recovery!
    (nowhere he is free from what pains him, even not in his place of recovery)
    alsosprachichon February 12, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Commentpreeetty sure the "doll steak, test me" is actually "don't stare, test me" clearly the song is about him contemplating suicide, and prior knowledge of kurt says he hated being famous. maybe these lines are saying "if you don't piss off, I'm gonna blow a fuse". hope i helped
    terminalhappinesson April 16, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell I think, this is about depression and flyrting with suicide
    Marqueon April 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis album (in utero) was one of the most returned albums in seattle after it came out. Everyone thought it would be all "heart shaped box" and "all apoligies". But it's songs like this that make this album kick ass. He must have thought that nevermind was a bit too pop-like so he put songs like this. This song is far more "grunge" than "Smells..." was.
    egbon May 02, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentok, anyway I like the lyrics "I am my own parasite"
    Kurt was his own worst enemy, and these lyrics show that he was aware of this. Very insightfull he was. However dead he now is. x
    Tim Doggon March 01, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDoll steak, test meat - Is kurt saying how useless the human race is. Basically summing us all up as useless, brainless meat.
    To me, the song is about suicide and rebirth into a utopian state.
    Dieinthesummertimeon October 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe second verse is "I own my own pet virus" not "i won my own pet virus" and yes, it is a big difference.
    muddywateron January 01, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think he says dull steak rather than doll steak(youknow,like the kind of steak used to kill a vampire)
    treesmart7on June 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    TranslationHe is speaking Aramaic. Malik means both King and Angel. Plus there are several other Aramaic/Arabic/Hebrew terms here. One interpretation makes a "priesthood perspective"...which several people have noted. Priest in Hebrew is Cohen...which also means blood in Farsi/Persian. Being a "Cobain" he may have known this. Furthermore, endor means turn around, shishmek means what is your name. Bet means girl and house. He also says parasite like "pair of sight" and "Pharisees"...which leads one to conclude that he is talking to the coming Messiah and/or asking if he himself is the messiah (he say's he's Lost Generation from his perspective sight). The Messiah would be named David Wright...and be a Hebrew/Creole (an Israel w/o an 'i' so to speak). He actually does this in the majority of his songs...that's pop...it's also called Millennial Prophecy. 3 6 Mafia sing/rap a lot of Millennial Prophecy some about Obama, like in 1997. Sincerely, Nicholas R. Wright the Creole

    P.S. He obviously says vote Donald Trump.
    NicholasWrighton August 13, 2016   Link

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