"Violet" as written by Courtney M Love and Eric T. Erlandson....
And the sky was made of amethyst
And all the stars were just like little fish
You should learn when to go
You should learn how to say no

Might last a day, yeah
Mine is forever
Might last a day, yeah
Mine is forever
Well they get what they want, and they never want it again
Well they get what they want, and they never want it again
Go on, take everything, take everything, I want you to
Go on, take everything, take everything, I want you to

And the sky was all violet
I want to give the violent more violets
And I'm the one with no soul
One above and one below

Might last a day, yeah
Mine is forever
Might last a day, yeah
Mine is forever

When they get what they want, and they never want it again
And they get what they want, and they never want it again
Go on, take everything, take everything, I want you to
Go on, take everything, take everything, I dare you to

I told you from the start just how this would end
When I get what I want, then I never want it again
Go on take everything, take everything, I want you to
Go on take everything, take everything I want you to
If I don't mind you don't mind

Go on take everything, take everything, I want you to
Go on take everything, take everything I want you to
Go on take everything, take everything, I want you to
Go on take everything, take everything, take everything, take everything


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

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  • +7
    General CommentI dont think this song is about Kurt or written by Kurt. Their are demo versions of Violet circulating dating as early as 1991.
    vilvodkaon August 09, 2009   Link
  • +7
    My InterpretationI think people are trying way too hard to force a specific real life meaning onto this song and missing some specific references.

    "You should learn when to go, You should learn how to say "no"
    Common accusations levelled at rape survivors is that they didn't leave the situation where they got attacked before it was "too late" and also that they didn't tell the guy no in "the right way."

    "When they get what they want, They never want it again"
    This is an old wives adage that basically boils down to making sure that you never give your husband/boyfriend everything he wants in bed or else he won't have any use/interest in you afterwards.

    "And the sky was all violet
    I want it again, but violent, more violence
    Well, I'm the one with no soul"
    Here I feel that the singer is saying that she enjoys violent sex but is deemed to be wrong and possibly psychologically scarred for it.

    I think this song is about female sexuality and the lack of responsibility the a woman is seemingly allowed to have over her own sexual experience. The shouted repetition of take everything is the singer both demanding control by giving implicit permission and acknowledging that she'll never be "equal" in the relationship.

    Sorry for all the tl;dr but I've always been emotionally moved by this song. To the point where I had to remove it from my playlist because it makes me too angry.
    brideoflisteron May 18, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentCourtney Love wrote this song directed at Billy Corgan.
    plastic tiaraon July 31, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think the person in the song was hurt once and is still hurt, (ie mine is forever) but she seems to be trying to protect herself against being hurt again by pretending she doesn't care, (ie take everything, i want you to)
    Nirvana is my favorite band, but this is a Hole song so STOP talking about how Courtney is "a murdering bitch," because she's not and that has nothing to do with the song.
    :)
    anemicroyalty615on September 24, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOuch man ouch. That's all I can say. I would hate to be one the recieving line of this lil song.
    ChrissyTinaon January 19, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGoddamn, I fucking love this song, and (as well as half the people on this thing) i think it's almost

    completely about the first man she was married to (i

    cant remember his name, it wasn't Billly Corgan, was

    it?) . I read on a HOLE site that he

    once said to her in a letter after they broke up "Now

    that you have what you want, will you ever want it

    again Courtney?" I'm not sure what he was talking

    about but its a pretty powerful thing to say to

    someone anyway. yeah, this was the first HOLE song

    I ever heard, when i was like nine or something, and

    i was really shaken when i first heard it! her voice is just

    filled with classic Courtney howling fury, and to this

    day it still makes me want to trash my room whenever i hear it.
    broken_faceon December 28, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt seems that Labelle is the only one to catch the critical irony in the song- that after being used by this man (or these men), she ends up using them - "I told you from the start Just how this would end. When I get what I want, I never want it again. "

    And thanks to sxepunkette for mentioning the brilliant use of changes in dynamics (loud vs soft.)
    MamboManon March 07, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYep, this is about Billy Corgan, just as Fuck You (An Ode To No One) is about Courtney.
    Songmeaningsuseron September 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentnloepe20, you are both a cunt and a cock. You are the heraphrodite personification of ignorance.

    1. Courtney wrote this. It's obvious from her style.
    2. You're a cock.
    3. Kurt did at least as much drugs as Courtney. So is he R.I.P.-ing or burning in hell? I'm a big fan of his, but he DID kill himself and abandon his wife and baby daughter.
    4. You're a cock!
    5. Kurt wasn't murdered, he killed himself. Just before he shot himself, he also shot up on a lethal dose of heroin. He also wrote a fucking suicide note.
    6. YOU'RE A COCK!
    7. "if anyone knows anything about Courtney and Kurt" they'd know that he tried to kill himself several times before he shot himelf, and that it was Courtney (a "murdering bitch", apparently,) who not only resuscitated him (that means brought him back to life after his heart had stopped bt before his organs died, cock) but also forced him into rehad several times to deal with his drug issues.
    8. You're a cunt too.
    9. Your spelling, grammar and overall proficiency of the English language is quite shitty. I can only hope that you're a Brazillian scholar and so English isn't your primary language. How's your Portugese? Make Mrs. Wallace proud!
    10. You're a cunt. (am i repeating myself?)
    11. No, i'm not a Courtney fan.
    12. Yes, you are a cunt.
    shadowwiththeeyeson June 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song...i think this was the first song by Hole i ever heard actually. And i think Courtney's voice is amazing. I can relate to this because 'when i get what i want, i never want it again', and the way she screams 'Take everything, i want you to' just sends shivers down my spine! Very cool song. I'll always love 'Violet'. The first verse is by far my favourite. The way the stars and the sky are described is so pretty.
    Licion October 13, 2004   Link

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