"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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  • +5
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    General CommentActually if anything this song is more about heroin use/addiction
    got so high i scratched till i bled=heorin makes you itchy
    he must of been pretty high
    crying on command
    crying makes one feel better so would heroin
    I love myself bettter than you
    i get more satisfaction shooting smack than i do being with you
    "hedonism"

    "I'm on a plain"
    ive had enough smack that im high enough to not complain
    i could be higher
    but i cant complain cause im high enough
    its a pretty standard high
    it's plain

    then the what the hell am i trying to say part
    it the heroin making it hard to speak
    making you incoherent

    then the part about nothing making sense
    goes back to heroin does anything have to make sense to anyone when youre loaded
    the only people who drugs make sense to are those who've done it themselves
    then back to i love my self
    its wrong that the heroin treats him better than his girl
    but really what can he do
    jorge1993on March 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"My mother died
    Every night
    It's safe to say
    Don't quote me on that"

    I don't know why I think this verse is so hysterical.
    Crane42on August 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    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
    My InterpretationI think he's basically just saying "I do drugs. I love it. I think my life is better than yours. Sure it's wrong but what should I do?"
    ScottyAyeon January 26, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't think this song is about drugs. I think there is a lot more to Kurt's songs then references to drugs. I think that he definitely wrote songs about relationships, his emotions about people and the world.

    In my opinion ....This song is about realising you are in an unrequited love relationship and that you have finally realised that you can't love this person anymore - you love yourself more than to love someone who doesn't ...love back.

    I'll start this off
    Without any words
    I got so high that
    I scratched 'til I bled

    - Words can’t really describe how is love for this person was so intense that it died. He was on a high of being in love and it turned out to be one sided. He has suffered being so in love without a reaction it hurt. He loved so much it hurt - he bled. The love he expressed ended up hurting him in return - the love died.

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

    He realises that he has more love for himself than he does for the person he is in a relationship with. He hit a plateau in the relationship where he has a clear view of the situation. He is on a plain. He knows the relationship feels wrong but doesn’t know what to do. He is at a loss. He is not even sure what he should do next. Does he end it? Does he disappear? Well he writes a song to express the situation. The plain clear view is very much just realised. He almost doesn’t even care anymore. He's aware of the unrequited love.

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

    -The best day was when he realised that he had no love for the person and he had to get in control of his emotions. The realisation that command was the only option was great. He finally realised the next step. It is so unfortunate the relationship turned out this way but he crys for command. He wants control. He controls the love he once had. There is no longer love for that person.

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

    -He’s on a plain - He has a clear evident mind about the situation. The picture is clear. He can’t even complain about his feeling, the relationship and the realisation. He is finally made up his mind and can't complain about his decision. He is over the relationship. He made up his mind.

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

    - His mother died every night - basically he let his mother down when he was with this person every night as she probably warned / told him / was disappointed that he was too deep, he loved the person...maybe they were not right for him or he loved them more than they loved him. ..but he’s not sure if his mother was disappointed so don’t quote him on that. He is basically saying his mother does not like the person he had a relationship with. This person he does not even like any more they are not that special....his mother didn't even like them...

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

    -The black sheep got blackmailed again - pretty understandable here. Don't have to explain. This is pretty explanatory in reference to my opinion of the song meaning. Just a bad relationship.

    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?

    - He knew from the start that this person would not love him / Not right for him / would never work / he cared more than they knew - Yet he ignored this as he was in love and love can be blind ....though he ignored that... it was always in the back of his mind - kept it as a memory - dreams reminded him that it was not right - he tried to ignore signs. Neutered and Spayed - He literally can’t even sleep with this person for the sake he can’t even be around the person he just doesnt even know how to explain the situation. He just doesn't even want to use them. Almost feels used? just wasted.....numb...

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

    Now its time to really make it confusing by thinking about it - to make it unclear - to overthink it over and over like write off lines that he has thought up about the situation to try to convince himself that he is intact right- . Doubting himself doesn't even make sense - nothing can change his final opinion - he really has over thought this

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

    - He did love this person he will let them know the love he had he will give them - the one special message to go but after that he has to go he has to go home and be done with it

    he just hit a wall and is finished with the relationship and the love he had is just gone to waste - and he can’t even complain anymore about it - he is just over it. He is letting us know he loved and it was unrequited. He was able to move on.
    Retrochickon November 12, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song is about Flat Earth just like how every iconic has written a song about... you sheeple always thinks about drugs sometimes Kurt was deeper than just another junkie
    PsychKidon August 27, 2016   Link

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