"Even in His Youth" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Even in his youth he was nothing
Kept his body clean going nowhere
Daddy was ashamed he was nothing
Smears the family name he was something

Leave the check before you are through
I've got nothing left to prove
If I die before I wake
Hope I don't come back again


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"Even in His Youth" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +3
    General CommentI think the song is about not caring if you wake up in the morning because you feel as if no one else does eithier because they're so ashamed of you.
    Stinkfiston March 15, 2003   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is about Kurt's out look on himself from his Father's prospective. Just so you know the lyrics above are wrong. Kurt didn't really like his father. He hated him for "unmercifully beating him as a child and leaving him, getting a new family and not wanting to include him in his new life.." If you don't believe me go check out the documentary "About a Son" where Kurt talks about it in his own words. Pretty much I interpret the song as Kurt talking about himself from his dad's prospective saying Kurt disgraced his family and never has and never will amount to anything.
    opnorighton June 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe the lyrics are this....or somewhat close to this...

    Even in his youth [x3]
    He was nothing
    Kept his body clean [x3]
    Going nowhere
    Daddy was ashamed [x2]
    He was something
    Digrace the family name [x2]
    The family name, he was something

    He was born for your crew
    I've got nothing left to prove
    If I die before I wake
    Hope I don't come back asleep

    Even in his youth [x3]
    He was nothing
    Kept his body clean [x3]
    Going nowhere
    Daddy was ashamed [x2]
    He was ashamed, he was nothing

    Digrace the family name [x2]
    Family name, going nowhere

    Leave this one, for your brew
    I've got nothing left to prove
    If I die before I wake
    Hope I don't come back asleep
    Aye-Yeah!

    Leave this one, for your brew
    I've got nothing left to prove
    If I die before I wake
    Hope I don't come back again
    I'm dying!

    Even in his youth [x2]
    Yeah, yeah
    Even in his youth [x2]
    Yeah, yeah
    Even in his youth
    Yeah, yeah
    Even in his youth
    Yeah, yeah [x5]
    Stinkfiston March 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is my life and that guy is on something
    lordabortionon July 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere are two different versions of this song, with slightly different lyrics. (Not uncommon for Nirvana)

    This is what I get from the version I have:

    Even in his youth (3x)
    He was nothing
    Kept his body clean (3x)
    Going nowhere
    Daddy was ashamed (3x)
    Even in his youth (3x)
    He was nothing

    Read this form before you're through
    I've got nothing left to prove
    If I die before I wake
    Hope I don't come back a slave

    Yeah yeah

    Read this form before you're through
    I've got nothing left for you
    If I die before I wake
    Hope I don't come back again

    Even in his youth (3x)
    Yeah yeah
    (etc)

    This is the version where the audio cut out on the vocals on the third time he sings, "Disgrace the family name," as if he leaned away from the mic or something like that.

    I prerfer this version. The other version I've heard a lot, the words change a lot more. "I've got nothing left to do // left to lose // left to prove" and "Hope I don't come back again // a slave // the same." (IIRC) But I think the music is a lot better in the version I put the lyrics up for.

    Even in his youth (3x)
    He was nothing
    Kept his body clean (3x)
    Going nowhere
    Daddy was ashamed (3x)
    He was nothing
    Disgrace the family name (3x*)
    Going nowhere

    Read this form before you're through
    I've got nothing left to prove
    If I die before I wake
    Hope I don't come back a slave
    pentalarcon June 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt looks like this is about his childhood. When his parents divorced when he was 9, it was very hard for him. His family ment a lot to him, and when his father was gone, most probably thoght it was his fault.
    "Daddy was ashamed he was nothing
    Smears the family name he was something"
    I think this started his whole depression thing. Many of his songs are about that! For example "serve the servants" (i tried so hard to have a father but nstead i had a dad.)
    annion July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo it's not, it's about a kid that's parents are ashamed of him.
    fuckyouallon August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, maybe he felt his parents were ashamed of him, because he dropped out of school, and shit like that. She always felt he was the reason his parents divorced, maybe because he thought at that age that they were ashamed of him....


    hey all of these are opinions, u can't just say "no,it's not!"
    annion August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRead this form before your though*
    The Blandeston March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom what I can hear it says:
    "If I die before I wake
    Hope I don't come back the same".
    Destriaon April 02, 2003   Link

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