"Northern Star" as written by Courtney M Love and Eric T. Erlandson....
And I cry and no one can hear
The blinded eyes that see
The chaos
Bring the pitiful to me
Even though I'm wide awake I will
& blackest night & I wait for you
It's cold in here there's no one left
& I wait for you
& nothing stops it happening
& I knew I'd cherish all my misery alone
And I wait staring at the Northern Star
I'm afraid it won't lead me anywhere
He's so cold he will ruin the world tonight
All the angels kneel into the Northern Lights
Kneel into the frozen lights
And they paid, I cry and cry for you
Ghosts that haunt you with their sorrow
I cried 'cause you were doomed
Praying to the wound that swallows
All that's cold and cruel
Can you see the trees, charity and gratitude,
They run to the pines
It's black in here blot out the sun
& run to the pines
Our misery runs wild and free
& I knew, the fire and the ashes of his
And I wait staring at the Northern Star
I'm afraid it won't lead you very far
He's so cold he will win the world tonight
All the angels kneel into the frozen lights
Feel their hearts they're cold and white
And I want you
And blessed are the broken
And I beg you
No loneliness, no misery is worth you
Oh tear his heart out cold as ice it's mine
And I wait praying to the Northern Star
I'm afraid it won't lead you anywhere
He's so cold raining on the world tonight
All the angels kneeling to the Northern Lights
And I pray begging to the Northern Star
I'm afraid it won't lead you anywhere
He's so cold he will rule the world tonight
All the angels kneeling to the Northern Lights
Kneeling to the frozen lights
Feel their hearts they're cold as ice.....

Lyrics submitted by ShiverForMe, edited by scottdoesntknow628

"Northern Star" as written by Courtney M. Love Eric T Erlandson

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  • +3
    General CommentNot all of Hole Songs or Love's solo songs are about Kurt.
    This one is one of the few that are infact about Cobain.

    "Doll Parts", "Best Sunday Dress (1998 version)", "Dying", "Malibu", "Playing Your Song", "Honey", "Pacific Coast Highway" are about 100% about Kurt Cobain.
    NotStorageon July 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. I love the imagery of it. Once you hear this song, you will never forget it. Ever. Its the greatest thing to listen to when you're depressed and feeling left alone. I'm fairly certain it was written by Courtney after Cobain offed himself....... that would explain why its such a desolate song anyhow.
    lahdeefriggindaon June 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is absoulutely beautiful, as Lahdee said, i never have forgotten the first time i heard it. Driving to my grandpa's on Christmas Eve during a snowstorm. The way she chants this song is amazing, and i have yet to hear a song quite like it.
    TusseyTheTerribleon July 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow these lyrics put me on the verge of tears... it's surely about Kurt and how much she misses him and about both how they were together and where he is now.
    Teen Spirit 87on July 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is incredible. she has such a powerful voice, i can't stand it when people say that she can't sing. i love listening to this song becasue you can just feel all of the pain that she has gone through. I have so much respect for courtney love because of how shitty her life has been, yet she still continues to make amazing music and show how she feels inside.
    squee_4_meon October 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe thing with me is, that i dont care much about kurt and courtney, and i dont know much about them
    in my opinion, perhaps you get stunned, it is about getting raped, whether physical or psychic
    Jörnon September 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is partly about Edward Norton and Kurt Cobain. It's really funny looking under all these things and seeing people write "I think this song is about Kurt." I don't know. It just makes me laugh.
    orangesliceon December 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes RL it is a very clever play on words - you expect it to be "in hell" but "inhale" is just brilliant - i LOVE that part! sometimes when performing this song live courtney chants "we are terrified, we are naked, we are walleyed, i'll see you on the other side, if you dare, cause baby, I will be there, you know all of us, we all die, yeah" it's definitely worth the time to youtube - peace, kat
    kritteron January 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song was probably written in a very cold livingroom at the end of a very very long jam session. The last jam. Probably the very end and something reflective about living in Northwest Washington in the dead of winter. I like to imagine them sitting there next to a window and the snow is coming down in the night, and they feel isolated and forgotten. Wornout. Used up. Exhausted. Being in a freezing room - to feel this song you need to go for a jog at night when it is freezing cold out, and you are sweating like a pig after about 20 minutes. The song is about blaming the previous generation. It is about losing a never ending conflict. It is darkly romantic, and it is very foreshadowing. Minstrels of a forgotten tribe, forgotten era, lost in the middle of nowhere. The bleak future awaits them. I can see Kurt with the 500 yard stare - deep in the feeling of this tune and glimpse for a moment of his place in the great big universe. It is about having too much empathy - too often - and being caught up in your own ideals and ideas about old stories.
    Reckoner77on February 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of her few Kurt songs (along with Doll Parts and Honey). When Celebrity Skin came out Northern star was one of the best tracks on it but she never really commented on the song, she just said it was inspired by the town of Seattle. The thing is, it doesn't take a PHD to see this was her widow song. I read somewhere that before Celebrity Skin Hole had recorded an album in New Orleans but had decided to scrap it because it was "too self-pitying". It was just after Kurt's death and the pain was still very raw, plus everyone expected Courtney to do a widow record and, despite her very public displays of grief at gigs, she didn't seem prepared to want to talk about Kurt in her lyrics just yet.
    The song reminds me of the day Kurt died, when she read his suicide note to the fans waiting outside the house. It is an incredibly poignant song. I remember seeing Hole in Paris during the Celebrity Skin tour. During the violin bridge she sang "I will see you, I will see you on the other side" and everyone knew who she was singing to. I remember turning towards the girl next to me (a perfect stranger) and we both burst into tears and hugged. It was one of my best Hole moments.
    louhotchkisson January 02, 2015   Link

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