"Playing Your Song" as written by Courtney M Love, Melissa Auf De Maur and Eric T. Erlandson....
Hey you you're way ahead of me
You're drunk on apathy
You burned right out
Hey you you're just a cripple now

They sell for millions now
They sold you out
And oh I had to tell them you were gone
I had to tell them they were wrong

And now they're playing your song
Hey you don't take it out on me
You're bored of everything
You burned right out

Hey you so bored and cynical
It's fucking wonderful
They sold you out
And, oh, they've bought and sold it all,

It's gone
They've taken it and built a mall
And now they're playing your song
Ooh, their innocence tastes like candy, yeah

Get so fat on it, it's a tragedy, yeah
Ooh, I can help you come to me, yeah
Just bring your innocence to me, yeah
Hey you, don't you dare blame me

You trusted everything
They sold you out
Hey, you, now when they call it cool
It's just so mean and cruel

They sold you out
And, oh, they bought and sold it all, it's gone
And every note of it is wrong
And now they're playing your song


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"Playing Your Song" as written by Courtney M. Love Eric T Erlandson

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    General Commenti thought it was about how after kurt died she had to deal with all the rumors he was still alive ("i had to tell them you were gone, i had to tell them they were wrong"), and she just wanted people to leave her alone and meanwhile theyre still playing nirvana nonstop on the radio and shes still hearing kurts voice all over the place. personally i think she had something to do with his death but thats what she wrote the song about. also is every song on celebrity skin about kurt cobain? in my mind theyre all connected to him somehow, probably cause im a huge nirvana fan
    SludgeGarden13on July 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think think she's saying that he killed himself before he could sell out but it didn't matter because the media sold him out.
    mighty_mouseon May 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentcourtney said she didnt want to make the "widow album" but i honestly think most if not all songs on celebrity skin are tied to kurt in some way. this one seems to be the most obvious. i think shes yelling at kurt in the first chorus for forcing her to go through his death, saying she had to tell the world he was dead and live with all the murder theories (which i actually believe are pretty valid) and nirvana fans criticizing her. then shes talking about how she has to hear kurts songs being played on the radio all the time, and other bands copying his style
    SludgeGarden13on January 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep about nirvana being sold out and kurt not being happy with that?? i guess...
    saraxviciouson July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdont call him a wimp for killing himself
    disturbed_childon July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Courtney Love, and i love Kurt Cobain - and altho I think he was incredibly talented, beautiful and had 2 put up with incredible sh**, he shouldn't ever have killed himself. it makes suicide look 2 attractive 2 teenagers. its a great song tho... and blatantly about kurt. Rock In Peace.
    Amylicious69on July 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's about over-commercialisation of music (hence the 'mall' reference) and how greedy record company execs take music and dehumanise what it stands for.

    I mean, you only have to look at how Smells Like Teen Spirit has become an almost corny corporate logo for misguided teens (thanks to the media) to see what Love is talking about here. She's saying that these bands and these songs used to be REAL and actually mean things to people, but the over-use of them has meant they've become empty and meaningless.
    zeroglitteron April 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with zeroglitter. thats a cool name, by the way. like the record companies, or whomever, take their innocence and then screw them over, and then they become apathetic, bored, and cynical...and rightfully so.
    drownsodaon September 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a wonderful song, brimming over with bitterness.The meaning I find in it is probably not the meaning most people would, however. I like the anger and strength of this song, along withthe cynicism. I think the song is about appreciation after the fact. When someone is gone and dead, the people who in their lifetime were treated badly are now idolised with false admiration. Yes, they are playing your song but what did they do to you?-''they sold you out''. Of course, you rarely can appreciate something until it is gone. Then you idealise it and call it better than it was, though of course it iprobably was better than whatever you have right now. This song has echoes of Kurt Cobain's life.
    Christiannaon November 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a wonderful song, brimming over with bitterness.The meaning I find in it is probably not the meaning most people would, however. I like the anger and strength of this song, along withthe cynicism. I think the song is about appreciation after the fact. When someone is gone and dead, the people who in their lifetime were treated badly are now idolised with false admiration. Yes, they are playing your song but what did they do to you?-''they sold you out''. Of course, you rarely can appreciate something until it is gone. Then you idealise it and call it better than it was, though of course it iprobably was better than whatever you have right now. This song has echoes of Kurt Cobain's life.
    Christiannaon November 06, 2004   Link

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