"Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" as written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl....
It hurts when you have to press that dull little thing
That you're only supposed to use once and then discard.
Where do you put it? In the garbage can, my honest friend.
My shyness, pet her flow.

She's only been five months late,
Even though we haven't had sex for a week.

A meal a day, a meal, I say.
And my heart's made my

Somebody else already used the word aurora borealis.
She was tied up in chains, and Sam had helped her in the freezer.

She's only five weeks late,
And I haven't had a date forever
Ever...ever...forever!

Wish I had more...more opportunity,
More chances to remember some things
So I couldn't have so much pressure on my...
On my...on my, um...ah, on my...um...um...head.

We'd have so much more diversity,
And so much more input, so much more creative flow,
If we had someone in school, a (GIT)...

GIT...geeks...in...town.
Ha!...Come on, Dave, think of one...
Girls In Trouble
It should be GIC, geeks with Charvels
No, GWC

Fuck, man, this is a waste of time!
One more solo? Yeahhh! Yeaaaahh!

You're personally responsible for...
The entire strip...to be washed away...
Cleansed...as if gallons of, um, rubbing alcohol
Flowed through the strip and were set on fire.

It didn't just singe the hair, it made it straight.

And then Perry Ellis came along with his broom,
And his...silk...
And he...he erected a beautiful city
A city of stars.


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"Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" as written by David Grohl Dave Grohl

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  • +8
    Song MeaningThis song is one of few where Kurt openly sings about drug use. First off the title of the song gives that away. Gallons of rubbing alcohol flow the strip...heroin users clean needles with rubbing alcohol to sanitize and kill diseases. The first verse -'""It hurts when you have to press that dull little thing
    That you're only supposed to use once and then discard"
    Where do you put it? In the garbage can, my honest friend
    My shyness, pet her flow," The words hurts, press, dull, then he goes on to say supposed to use once and discard. Thats a needle. No Junkie uses a needle once. You use it as much as you can. The kurt goes on to say should i throw it in the trash, use with a friend who wont tell anyone. The shyness to let them know your a user. The the words "pet her flow.' meaning rubbing your arm after shooting up.
    Now after the first verse, it start out with first getting high....bitching about his girl. Never having sex and other stuff. Heroin users lose sex drive.
    Kurt sings about a meal a day but his heart is made. If you are a addict you only eat about once a day. Your first meal will always come sometime after you get high. Its impossible to eat before that. His heart being made is just saying, it is what it is and im not changing.
    After all this is just about the thoughts of being high....crazy thoughts with friends. Kurt talks about putting someone in a freezer. Complaining about his girl again.....any crazy thoughts.
    He thing starts coming down a bit...Starts talking maybe we should have gottin a education instead of being junkies. Then it turns into a big joke. Someone usually breaks the serious conversation to not kill the high.
    But they are coming down so what does Kurt say??? One more Solo??? Getting high again baby. Screaming in excitement and pain.
    Next lines are......"You're ... personally responsible for, uhh ...
    The entire strip ... to be washed away ...
    Cleansed ... as if gallons of, um, rubbing alcohol
    Flowed through the strip and were set on fire." All this means is you better be responsible for cleaning your needle. Set on fire is obvious...You have to melt the drug to inject it. A lighter and a spoon.
    The song ends with him being really high. Just random thoughts of things people think about when high.
    Its one of the best songs ever writtin about heroin use. He captured everything. The guitar, the weird tempo. His voice. Its really beautiful.
    tarmeupon February 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song comes at the end of all apologies on the uk version too. it was apparantly put together as Kurt's way of mocking the marketing idea of exports having bonus tracks. it was indeed marketed over here as special because of the bonus track, so i guess Kurt got his wish
    xpankfrisston April 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was most definitely not a nevermind outtake. Kade is thinking of "Endless, nameless". This is just a great, great jam session.
    rckriston April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGIT is the Guitar Institute of Technology. Cobain is mocking how they made schools for people to learn how to play guitar and 'express' themselves. Geeks with Charvels would be the dumb guitar wankers that you can still find on youtube who are obsessed with their gear and shredding to lame heavy metal songs.

    Perry Ellis did something with women's fashion I think too.. Which would make sense with talking about silk and erecting a beautiful city (a funny male play on the rise of his success New York) and all that..
    doylekmon July 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionTHIS NOT A SUCIDE NOR A DRUG SONG, HERE IS WHY:
    It's not surprising to me that many people on here talk about considering this song to an 'ode' to drugs or yet better a suicide themed song which is NOT.
    It's very psychedelic and improvisational song for a fact, has a lot themes inside and you can explain some verses in different way and it might contain even references to drugs or suicide.

    For instance the first strophe talks about and one would be surprised about a TAMPON ! and then later the next one is about a late period: "She's only been five months late" Get it ?

    Then there is some weird stuff going on, what could be talk about a failing relationship ???

    Anyways the strophe where they joke about GIT: the Hollywood-based Guitar Institute of Technology, later Geeks with Charvels... actually gives the song its tite. The so called age of grunge preceded a decade of 80's where hair metal was the mainstream rock genre with dudes dressed like girls, with make up, hair spray (I don't have to get into more details, do i ?) using Charvel guitars (a brand made famous during this period). Hence there is a lot of sarcasm in this song, because after grunge, the hair metal scene basically disappeared and the bands which were once famous, started to disband and were being dropped by major record labels or even worse started to release GRUNGE ALBUMS !

    So the last few verses, strophes... call them what you like, talk definitely about Hollywood, and how fake its being presented to the public, attributes towards which Cobain felt totally alienated to. He was the opposite.
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    patrik1163on February 22, 2016   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was an empty track!
    tom.burnson June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song follows All Apologies on *most* editions of In Utero. I think it was their attempt at making a song up on the spot. Hence Kurt saying "Come on Dave think of one" "ahh fuck it" and "One more solo?". A damn great song it is.
    Iotaon June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdont hear this song after all apologies do you have to wait for it to start?
    KurtCobain2727on July 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot on my In Utero. In America, you can't get either of the hidden tracks. I heard Kurt invented the hidden track. I heard he played a trick on his room mate by putting a blank tape in and about 30 minutes into the tape saying something satanic. I also heard the beatles did a hidden track, any clarification would be nice.
    NoseDragonon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHow about reading what the people wrote here. What's the use asking if you don't read the stuff. Kurt wasn't satanic. He believed in different things at different stages of his life, but NOT in satan.
    shame, poor americans...
    annion August 28, 2002   Link

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