"Awful" as written by Courtney M Love, Patricia Theresa Schemel, Melissa Auf De Maur and Eric T. Erlandson....
Swing low sweet cherry
Make it awful
It's your life it's your party it's so awful
Let's start a fire
Let's have a riot! Yeah it's awful
It was punk
Yeah it was perfect now it's awful
They know how to break all the girls
like you
And they rob the souls of the girls like you
And they break the hearts of the girls
Swing low cherry cherry
Yeah it's awful
He's drunk he tastes
Like candy he's so beautiful
He's so deep like dirty water
God, he's awful
You're lost, oh, where's your daddy it's so
awful
And they royalty rate all the girls like you
And they sell it out to the girls like you
To incorporate little girls
Hey, run away with the light
Run away it's divine
Let's run away, yeah, tonight and
We'll steal the light of the world
Swing low, sweet cherry, yeah, it's awful
You're ripe for the picking, it's so awful
You've got your youth
Don't waste your money
Yeah it's awful
I was punk!
Now I'm just stupid!
I'm so awful
Oh, just shut up you're only 16
If the world is so wrong
Yeah you can break them all
With one song
If the world is so wrong yeah you can take it
all
With one song
Swing low sweet cherry
Make it awful
They bought it all, just build a new one,
Make it beautiful yeah


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"Awful" as written by Courtney M. Love Eric T Erlandson

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  • +3
    General Commentin courtney's own words: 'you know what that song is about? it's about my dumb affair with gavin rossdale'.
    politicson May 09, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI'm usually the type of person who prefers quieter music, but I must state that I love Courtney Love and Hole's music. I think that she is a great musician and I am fond of most of her songs.
    I just wanted to add that it's amazing how time flies. I mean, and not that it matters, but she is almost 50 years young. But alive and kicking - very hard. It's nice, she is truly devoted and I like that.
    Does anyone else feel the same way?
    TsinimeFon January 02, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthole have split up now

    *cries*
    Jildoon October 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt makes sense that this song is about groupies
    GrungyBeatleon May 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeh i think its about the descent of the music industry into mindless rubbish and the marketing of teenage girls who have no talent, and the way they are propelled into success. "it was punk, yeah it was perfect, now its awful" might be a reference to rip off punk bands and how its not original anymore
    Angel99on June 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is f*cking awesome
    Herenionon September 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song rocks.. never really htoght wut it was about
    NirvanaGuitar67on January 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationRegardless of what Love has said herself...
    Yes, it is about the marketing TO and OF young girls by the music industry.
    1. "Swing Low Sweet Cherry" refers to Cherie Currie of the Runaways, arguably the first underage female rock stars to be marketed as sex symbols (also see, "Run away it's divine Let's run away, yeah, tonight"). If you don't know the Runaways--go listen. "Swing low" refers specifically to the way distinctive "Drop It Like It's Hot" style of dancing she used to do on stage.
    2. "Let's start a fire, Let's have a RIOT! Yeah it's awful, It was punk, Yeah it was perfect now it's awful" It's hard to see this and not think of the Riot Grrrl! movement of the early 90's, which Love was (sort of?) part of. Of course, you will remember that Love punched Kathleen Hanna back stage at Lolapolooza on July 4, 1995--during Sonic Youth's set (see music and general news articles from the time, as well as Kim Gordon's biography "Girl in a Band"). So, she may be saying that Riot Grrrl! did less to empower young girls and more to "incorporate them," but maybe she remains positive on Riot Grrrl! while recognizing the "incorporation" of the general theme in later years--through acts like The Spice Girls, Meredith Brooks, some of the more forgettable "Lilith Faire" set, etc.

    I doubt it has anything to do with some chump from Bush. That really doesn't make any sense.
    dllibrarianon October 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti also think this song has something to do with marketing in the music industry, and how it's sad/awful that singers/groups sell out ["it was punk, yeah it was perfect, now its awful"], and are just into singing for the money ["And they royalty rate all the girls like you, And they sell it out to the girls like you "], and how the industry is trying to get young girls who dont know any better ["oh just shut up, you're only sixteen]. Also, maybe how music is really powerful, and influences people alot ["if the world is so wrong, you can break them all with one song. if the world is so wrong, you can take it all with one song"]
    plastic tiaraon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot sure but i recon this song was written before britney was around....maliburotgut....not positive though i might be wrong
    petrol_addicton September 05, 2002   Link

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