"Territorial Pissings" as written by Chet Powers and Kurt Cobain....
When I was an alien
Cultures weren't opinions

Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I'm there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait

Never met a wise man
If so it's a woman

Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I'm there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait
Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I'm there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait

Just because you're paranoid
Don't mean they're not after you

Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I'm there
Gotta find a way
A better way
Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I'm there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait
Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I'm there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait
Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I'm there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait


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"Territorial Pissings" as written by Kurt Cobain Chet Powers

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  • +5
    General CommentI think this song is about society. How the real world is cold, harsh and narrow-minded, when we should really be peaceful and love to one and other - (because that is what makes us happy)
    All society is doing is marking there territory - "if you live here you have to share our views or get out" - hence Territorial Pissing. He talks about when he was an ‘alien’…(maybe referring to his childhood fantasy as said earlier)….Symbolising when he was new to the world - his first impressions on it - as an alien to our culture maybe? Then goes on to say "cultures weren’t opinions" - emphasising the small-minded -ness of people in general and how there ethnocentricity is inhibiting their logic. The people are stealing the ‘opinions’ of their religions and not thinking for themselves.
    In the lines:
    "Gotta find a way to find a way when I'm there
    Gotta find a way - a better way - I had better wait"
    These lines are perhaps showing his plan to escape this way of thinking. Or his plan to plan his escape from this way of thinking - or to a better place in general - but always being to scared of the consequences to go through with it - paranoia?

    The phrase: "Never met a wise man, if so it's a woman" is a perfect example of him trying to escape the ‘mainstream’ way of thinking - he is choosing to think differently from everyone else and the concept of a wise man is a hoax. It could also be an analogy to something that’d make more sense.

    One of my favourite quotes of all time:
    "Just because you're paranoid
    doesn't mean they're not after you"
    This could serve as a warning to people that think that their logic is not inhibited by some environmental force, that it is. - They can influence you when you’re paranoid - so for all we know we could be thinking like that now. - It sets uncertainty itself if you’re paranoid or not your still at risk.

    Of course what I’ve written in complete bullshit, so don’t take it seriously. I was hittin’ the bong tonight as well as Jovew probably was.
    Paradoxical Martyron May 17, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTHIS SONG IS ATTACKING ALL THE MACHO GUYS, LIKE JOCKS, HE HATED THEM HE HAS OTHER SONGS ATTACKING THESE "MACHO-ONES" AS WELL
    SO GET IT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!1
    KurtCobain2727on July 02, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think bite me and suzanneabeth have a pretty high opinion of themselves... nirvana covered a wide array of genres, so no one can ever agree on which song is best. i personally dont think that any song is best, since kurt cobain was such an awesome songwriter and, even if you dont like nirvana's version of the song, it's still really really good.. nirvana was the first band in a really long time to attract as many people as they did- and most of them belonged to different social groups, so of course no one can agree on which song is the best.
    nevermind was their most commercial album, so their most famous song would be smells like teen spirit, and most of their other ones besides lithium, heart shaped box, come as you are, and on a plain never really got very much exposure, and they actually made incesticide to ward off their "fake fans" (the ones who liked a select few songs on nevermind, but didn't like bleach).
    kurt cobain later said that this was his least favorite album, i think he preferred a lot of his harder, grungier stuff, kind of like this song. it doesnt matter if you think smells like teen spirit and heart shaped box are the best, it just means that you have a taste for mainstream...
    missfishon August 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBite Me: It's all people's opinions. Let's try to be a little tolerant, I'm sure it would be appreciated.
    scawton May 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"bite me" why dont you calm the fuck down, ok? cuz no one here wants to hear your shit.
    KIM04on May 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey, all im saying is bite me needs to stop jumpin on people for makin comments, isnt this the whole point of this website? to comment on songs about their meanings? even if ur wrong or right, so theres no reason for bite me to get on people's cases' about just making comments.
    KIM04on May 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about society. How the real world is cold, harsh and narrow-minded, when we should really be peaceful and love to one and other - (because that is what makes us happy)
    All society is doing is marking there territory - "if you live here you have to share our views or get out" - hence Territorial Pissing. He talks about when he was an ‘alien’…(maybe referring to his childhood fantasy as said earlier)….Symbolising when he was new to the world - his first impressions on it - as an alien to our culture maybe? Then goes on to say "cultures weren’t opinions" - emphasising the small-minded -ness of people in general and how there ethnocentricity is inhibiting their logic. The people are stealing the ‘opinions’ of their religions and not thinking for themselves.
    In the lines:
    "Gotta find a way to find a way when I'm there
    Gotta find a way - a better way - I had better wait"
    These lines are perhaps showing his plan to escape this way of thinking. Or his plan to plan his escape from this way of thinking - or to a better place in general - but always being to scared of the consequences to go through with it - paranoia?

    The phrase: "Never met a wise man, if so it's a woman" is a perfect example of him trying to escape the ‘mainstream’ way of thinking - he is choosing to think differently from everyone else and the concept of a wise man is a hoax. It could also be an analogy to something that’d make more sense.

    One of my favourite quotes of all time:
    "Just because you're paranoid
    doesn't mean they're not after you"
    This could serve as a warning to people that think that their logic is not inhibited by some environmental force, that it is. - They can influence you when you’re paranoid - so for all we know we could be thinking like that now. - It sets uncertainty itself if you’re paranoid or not your still at risk.

    Of course what I’ve written in complete bullshit, so don’t take it seriously. I was hittin’ the bong tonight as well as Jovew probably was.
    Paradoxical Martyron May 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBITE ME GO TO HELL. ANYONE WHO SAY'S SMELLS LIKE TEENAGE SPIRIT AND HEART SHAPED BOX ARE THE BEST NIRVANA SONGS IS A MAJOR FUCKING POSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111
    cufktishsips13on May 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that it's about society and how screwed up and stuff but that there's no way to fix it. The first line seems very sarcastic the way he sings it, "everyone get together try to love one another- right now!" and in telling them to do so he's just ordering them around and no one is gonna listen to that, see? He's saying it's easier said than done. When he was new to the world he thought the way things were just the way thigns were, everything was a fact, but then he grew up and realized they were opinions. And how humans have animal instincts, mark and defend their territories and are paranoid that someone will take things away and stuff. But even if you're paranoid, people still do do those things. And he's saying we've got to find a better way to change things, but there is no way so he guesses we'd better just wait..
    narsilon June 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti am totally agreed with bite me. how can this possibly be the best nirvana song ever? has StephM168 even heard any of their other tracks? if this was the best nirvana song ever then they'd be a pretty mediokre band. smells like teen spirit is one of thye best structural songs ever written and anyone who says otherwise is a stupid litle grebo or is deaf. even i know this and i'm only 12 years old.
    SuZaNnEaBeThon July 29, 2002   Link

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