"Oh, Me" as written by and Curt Kirkwood....
If I had to lose a mile
If I had to touch feelings
I would lose my soul
The way I do

I don't have to think
I only have to do it
The results are always perfect
And that's old news

Would you like to hear my voice
Sprinkled with emotion
Invented at your birth?

I can't see the end of me
My whole expanse I cannot see
I formulate infinity
Stored deep inside me

If I had to lose a mile
If I had to touch feelings
I would lose my soul
The way I do

I don't have to think
I only have to do it
The results are always perfect
And that's old news

Would you like to hear my voice
Sprinkled with emotion
Invented at your birth?

I can't see the end of me
My whole expanse I cannot see

(x2)
I formulate infinity
Stored deep inside me


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"Oh, Me" as written by Curtis Matthew Kirkwood

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  • +3
    My Interpretationthis is a spiritual interpretation, so if you think 'spiritual', is a stupid hippy concept, then dont read this cus you wont like it

    I think the chorus , i cant see etc, is talking about the illusion of separateness that we all feel from the rest of the world

    Its like eastern religion stuff, he cant see the end of himself because he feels like he is continuous with the world around him, ego death from taking lsd or from religious awakening or both

    infinity is stored deep inside him because he realized that the entire world that he knows exists as a perception in his own mind

    since feelings are not rational and cant be pinned down exactly, if he were to touch feelings, it would mean that he would have to had lost his earthly soul and his earthly perception of feelings, again ego death

    i dont have to think etc hes just saying that he feels connected to the point where meaning just flows from him into the song, and he doesnt have to try anymore, hes in the zone

    emotion invented at your birth, hes actually talking to the person listening to the song and without the listeners birth his emotion would have no meaning accept to him,

    so it takes connection of two minds/souls to experience emotion
    roombraneon June 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn the second verse this song reminds me of someone who is very bored with life and possibly depressed. I think it is the way that it is said, they just sound really bored how they say that no matter really what they do the results will always be the same and they will always be perfect so it's not as though they can try to improve on them or anything. I dunno, it reminds me of when I'm depressed. One of my favourite songs. It's fun to play too, especially the solo.
    Destriaon May 02, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"I can't see the end of me" Refers to the Weiner Dog.. depressed because it is so long that it feels all by itself in this crazy mixed up world of ours!
    janellworkson May 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentfucking briliant song.
    there`s no right answer to say what some lyric is about.
    but i think the closest meaning i can get of this song is the theory of being a child again or a animal(when everything yu do is right)
    1 paragraph- if i had lose a mile(all the life he has been through, the knowledge he acquire)
    if i had to touch feeling(touch the intangible)
    i would lose my soul the way i do(he loses his soul while he`s growing up. getting away from all the innocence of childhood)
    2-paragraph- (the results are always perfect cuz he`s being a child or an animal again.moved by insticts.)
    3-paragraph- (his voice is more emotional now that he has already invented a child inside him)
    4-paragraph-i cant see the end of me(childs can see the end ,remeber "neverland" lol)
    my whole expanse i cannot see(child also never think they gonna die)
    i formulate infinity and stored deep inside me(he is free as a child or animal, everything he does is perfect, he is fucking free!!!)
    thats my theory.(sorry for the bad english)
    thomkurtboydon June 10, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that this song is about the Universe and Religion. The last stanza is an obvious reference to the Universe. The first two stanzas are a reference to a Pantheistic ideology where the Universe and it Creator are one and the same. The Universe is God and God is the Universe with the operating mode the natural laws. The Universe progresses without flaw based on those natural principles.

    The first stanza indicates that interaction outside those laws, as in a panentheistic ideology where the Creator is a separate entity from the Universe. This type of supernatural Creator and that interacts with the elements of His creation on a personnel level, would detract from the flawlessness and interfere with the natural progress of the Universe.

    The third stanza is reference to man’s invention of the panentheistic ideology. The Universe just is but the birth (evolution) of Homo sapiens sapiens a species that invoked the need for interaction with a personnel God. Surely we would like to hear God’s voice with sweet emotion in answer to our questions and prayers.

    The last stanza “I can’t see the end of me … My Whole Expanse I cannot see…. I formulate infinity… Stored deep inside me” placement at the end is significant. The Universe will not become flawed and lose progress to placate a perhaps significant lifeform that is needy since in the grand scheme of things it is actually insignificant… lost in the infinite expanse.

    A nice touch is the inherent paradox of the composition. Although it lyrics proffer an impersonal pantheistic Universe, it is done so through the personification of the Universe.
    Celeritason May 31, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favourite nirvana song, no matter what im doing it cheers me up and mellows me out. nothing is better to smoke a spliff too, except maybe mauro picotto. peace and love, big bruv
    Mattgbhon May 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, it -indeed- is one of my favourite nirvana songs. Buts...it doesn't cheer me up, but gets me down. I don't know why...but it happens
    Don Jeroneon August 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBoth versions of this song, Nirvana's COVER (not just Cobain!) and the Meat Puppets ORIGINAL are great in their own way. There is a faster live version from '85 thats sweet too. I like pxpx92 interpretation about drugs and the Descartes reference as well. I think "the results are always perfect" could also be related to how there is no good or bad in this world, there is just "is" or "being". So no matter how great or screwed up things seem, they are always perfect in the sense that they are what they are, and simply "being" is perfection in itself. Buddhism 101. I think the song could be strongly related to Buddhism in the sense of letting go of oneself and one's ego and freeing from your "self" and letting your spirit melt away into the world. The lyrics really support this. Anyway the song is genius.
    zepkid5678on April 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, 'Oh Me' is about sarcastically being in awe of yourself, being humbly in touch with your mastery. You juggle ten balls at once without thinking. "I don't have to think, I only have to do it. The results are always perfect, but that's old news".

    I find it romantic analysing words sung by dead dude (even though Cobain didn't write this), especially ones dealing with afterlife. "I can't see the end of me. My whole expanse I cannot see." I suspect a man with a death wish might be entertaining the possibility of afterlife. Where do I go next? Will I be me when I get there?

    "If I had to lose a mile. If I had to touch feeling. I would lose my soul the way I do. Would you like to hear my voice sprinkled with emotion invented at your birth?" I think these lines deal with how the ego buys into emotion, losing touch with the natural self (soul)/inner child. Losing a mile could refer to caring about ones place in the rat race, which would be buying into a win/loss, karmic consciousness. When you take away ego you are left with an infinite, bottomless pit of possibility and capacity. "Formulate infinity, stored deep inside of me." Reminds me of the Tool lyric, "This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality. Embrace this moment and remember we are eternal, and all this pain is an illusion."
    LukeTylimon September 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about how it's poinless to think about the future because in the end it will all work out, some how the "results are always perfect"
    jscottnmotownon March 22, 2002   Link

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