"On a Plain" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
I'll start this off
Without any words
I got so high that
I scratched 'til I bled

Love myself
Better than you
I know it's wrong
So what should I do?

The finest day
That I ever had
Was when I learned
To cry on command

Love myself
Better than you
I know it's wrong
So what should I do?

I'm on a plain
I can't complain
I'm on a plain

My mother died
Every night
It's safe to say
Don't quote me on that

Love myself
Better than you
I know it's wrong
So what should I do?

The black sheep got
Blackmailed again
Forgot to put
On the zip code

Love myself
Better than you
I know it's wrong
So what should I do?

I'm on a plain
I can't complain
I'm on a plain

Somewhere I have heard this before
In a dream my memory has stored
As defense I'm neutered and spayed
What the hell am I trying to say?

It is now time
To make it unclear
To write off lines
That don't make a sense

Love myself
Better than you
I know it's wrong
So what should I do?

One more special
Message to go
And then I'm done
And I can go home

Love myself
Better than you
I know it's wrong
So what should I do?

I'm on a plain
I can't complain
I'm on a plain
I can't complain
I'm on a plain
I can't complain
I'm on a plain
I can't complain
I'm on aplain
I can't complain


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"On a Plain" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +6
    General CommentThe song is about a heroin high and the effects of heroin and drug use on life. If you've ever been on any opiate, you'd know the feeling this song describes. I have proof too...

    "i got so high, i scratched till i bled"-THis isn't uncommon to heroin or morphene addicts. Scratching feels good.

    "Love myself, better than you."-Heroin produces an incredible feeling of euphoria.

    "My mother dies everynight"-THis is jsut refers to his mom being upset about it.

    "What the hell am I trying to say. It is now time to make it unclear.To write off lines that don't make sense"- I believe that a few of the lines like this, don't directly follow the song by do express feelings he had relating tot he drug use. Also i htink he did it to show how displaced you become on heroin. your life becomes chaos, sorta of like the the song does as it progresses.

    that's what i feel the song means...
    jhk655on March 20, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about drugs and getting high. "On a plain, I can't complain" means that he's wasted as fuck and he doesn't care.

    PS: Smoke weed
    trevoron July 01, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentheres what I think. I see depression alot of the lyrics, but tht might just be the way i feel. " Start this off without any words, got so high i scratched till i bled" obviously a drug user. "love myself better than you" that part i guess relates to the fact that when youre a druggie, in the end you do what it takes to get your fix no matter what. you want to feel that for yourself more than helping or pleasing anyone else, including those closest to you. "finest day ive ever had... cry on command". perhaps the day when one realizes and accepts their depression and can go on, however its always there and you can "cry on command". Im on a plain, i cant complain.. that can mean hes on a certain place, or stage (a plain if you will) of his life thats not so great, but it can always be worse. "my mother died every night" perhaps a mother who also suffered from depression, and he (whomever the song may be about) saw his mother in a sense die, every night. Black sheep got..forgot to put on zip code" this line makes me think of someone who feels they can never do anything right. theyre the black sheep and once again theyve screwed up by forgetting the zip code.
    (my favorite part of the song)"Somewhere i have heard this before" When you havent felt very much in a very long time and you get that tiny spark of an old feeling that you once felt somewhere before... "In a dream my memory is stored" You scan your memory trying to remember where youve felt that feeling before.. "as defense im neutered and spayed".. The world kicking you down again, just as youre about to make sense of things.(or life) "what the hell am i trying to say?" Society tells you that you make no sense and tells you to get over it, once youve heard this enough, you begin to question yoursef. "It is now time to make it unclear.write of lines..make sense." nothin really makes sense anymore, youre unable to sort out b.s. from fact. "One more message.. then i can go home" Theres just one more thing to take care of before you can check out.... sorry for that being so long. just had to put my ideas out there.
    Guitarist3on August 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA song about his feeling of unfulfillment and frustration with his life, but his inability to express his feelings in any way other than this song.Eg, I'm on a plain
    I can't complain. I really connected with this song.
    FrankDahmeron May 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAwesome song...boy, we miss you Kurt. We're subjected to garbage like Blurred Lines and other nonsense by phony pop stars that tops the charts these days....I harken back to the good ol days when Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden were actually THE thing at the time. BTW, I love his lyrics - but I am not always confident that these websites actually transcribe them correctly! Even Kurt himself said once that he was frustrated with people trying to interpret his lyrics when they weren't transcribed correctly to begin with.
    KarlCobainon September 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy favourite nirvana track. yes. i dont know what it is about it, its partly the immediate start, where the verse jsut throws you straight in. fantastic. Kurts singing is so brillianlty intonated around the melody, ill never get bored of this song
    Mikee_Beeon April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere's what it means:

    I'll start this off without any words
    -he's deciding how to start the song.

    I got so high that I scratched 'til I bled
    -i don't know, he got wasted.

    I love myself better than you
    -he didn't really love himself, i thought i'd make a note of that.

    I know it's wrong so what should I do?
    -he needs help, guidence.

    The finest day that I ever had
    Was when I learned to cry on command
    -to get attention, and when he learned to do it whenever he could get more attention

    I love myself better than you
    I know it's wrong so what should I do?

    I'm on a plain
    I can't complain
    I'm on a plain

    My mother died every night
    -referring to a boyfriend his mom had who beat her

    It's safe to say don't quote me on that
    I love myself better than you
    I know it's wrong so what should I do?

    The black sheep got blackmailed again
    - referring to how his parents used him to get back at one another

    Forgot to put on the zip code

    I love myself better than you
    I know it's wrong so what should I do?

    I'm on a plain
    I can't complain
    I'm on a plain

    Somewhere I have heard this before
    -he knows he heard the bridge somewhere else, but he can't remember where

    In a dream my memory has stored
    -he guesses he heard it in a dream

    As a defense I'm neutered and spayed

    What the hell am I trying to say
    -he's just writing whatever comes into mind

    the rest is just more nonsense. its a really great song, with lots of hidden meanings. he wrote it right before they recorded it.
    NoseDragonon August 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmm great job nosedragon, you have once again butchered a great song, with your crappy interpretation of the lyrics.
    floppyon August 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is about drugs, on a plain being the high, before he drops into his usual depressive state.
    I love myself better than you
    I know it's wrong so what should I do?
    thats about how he knows its wrong, but it makes him happy so why should he care?
    the nonsensical lines are about feeling out of control and confused because of drug addiction
    my mother dided every night is mothers are so disappointed in their kids when they find out theyve been doing drugs
    gunsnroses74on February 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about "The Stranger" by Albert Camus. Read it.
    pezdelon October 26, 2008   Link

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