"Big Long Now" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
It's not cold enough
Please put this side up
She is moving through
Can we show our faces now?
I'm not interesting
She's not turning green
Shameful as it seems
Can we show our faces now?

Endless climb
I am blind
Why can't I leave?
Color blind
Speaking a phrase
Instantly grown
I am blind
Waiting in line

Why am I sure?


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"Big Long Now" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +5
    General Commentthis song could be about kurt's inferiority complex;

    the first four lines could be about seeing the person you're trying to impress, and her ignoring you, or jsut not noicing you, as she walks past [or 'moves through'] so you hide 'please put this side up' and get all embarrassed, and wait for her to go 'can we show our faces now?'

    the line 'i'm not intreresting, she's not turning green,' the turning green bit could mean 'she's not getting jealous', or 'she's not impressed', and it seems shameful because he's opening himself up to get close to her, and she's not having any of it, and so he is embarrased or ashamed.

    We all know that Kurt liked Tobi Vail from Bikini Kill, but for some reason she only liked him as a friend, and he could have exaggerated tis theme to encompass teenage inferiority in general.

    As usual, i'm only suggesting this. i don't want to say it's definately about that in case someone thinks im wrong and decides to start a big slagging match about whos mother performs the most acts of fellatio
    comebackkurton February 20, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHere are the right lyrics (as i hear it anyway and i love this song)

    It's not cold enough
    Please put this side up
    She is moving through
    Can we show our faces now?

    I'm not interesting
    She's not turning green
    Shameful as it seems
    Can we show our faces now?

    In this climb
    I am blind
    Why can't I hear?
    Color blind
    Speaking a phrase
    Instantly grown
    I am blind
    Waiting in line | Why am I sure?
    rizkingon September 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHere's my interpretation on this song.

    - It's not cold enough
    - Please put this side up

    A lot of people prefer having the cold side up on their pillows. I myself. I routinely flip my pillow over during the night myself.

    - She is moving through
    - Can we show our faces now?

    Perhaps it's a reference to two lovers or two strangers in the same bed together moving through the sheets, and afraid to show their faces to each other.

    - I'm not interesting
    - She's not turning green
    - Shameful as it seems
    - Can we show our faces now?

    A lack of sex drive by not being interesting (In Bed)
    She's not turning green may be a reference to the fact that he thinks she might feel disgusted with the lack of interest he has. But when he sees she's not turning green (Not caring that he doesn't have interest) he begins to feel shame that this encounter really means nothing, but decides to go ahead with it anyway. There's nothing better to do.

    That's my interpretation of this song. Any thoughts?

    Mike
    mikemageeon June 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heard somewhere that this song is about witnessing a UFO. The bizarre music and confused lyrics seem to perfectly convey a sense of vertigo. Almost like climbing and climbing without actually ascending.

    "I am blind/ Speaking a phrase"

    That line seems to refer to the possible opening of an extraterrestrial spacecraft and subsequent "blinding" of the writer who witnessed it, due to the lighting inside the ship. Then, the writer can hear some sort of jargon, "Speaking a phrase."

    That's just my two cents.
    ultramegaunknownon January 13, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentor he could be an alien baby trapped on earth n given no decent senses,(sight or hearing)n social senses as well with which 2 navigate n succeed in life,like an outcast although that meaning does seem a bit Scentless Apprentice-ish.Kurt did used 2 fantasize though that he was an alien baby dropped off on earth n watched from afar by his real alien parents
    greg100005on October 21, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read on some site that this song was about kurt's fascination with aliens and ufo's
    sethod3020on January 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes, its about aliens
    psychobainon January 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that kurtcomeback is quite right about this one, but we know kurt liked to put together lyrics written at different times which result in really difficult-to-understand songs...

    I think he didn't talk about the meanings of their songs because he really liked people to doubt about them and keep listening over and over, just like I do, lol...

    This song is awesome... it creates an unique atmosphere which puts me in a somber mood..

    Look at the title of this song: Big Long Now. When you dont know by the lyrics what to think look at the title(the artist tend to put the title when finish the song, and says to people how could they read it) ... ... The song is about a moment you cant get out, with opressing feelings, maybe related to different moments of life.

    It could be specifically about the end of a relationship:

    It's not cold enough: You still have feelings for the other person
    Please put this side up: You still give advice and care for the other, you tell him/her how to do things, when its not really necessary anymore
    She is moving through: She is going away, letting you behind
    Can we show our faces now?: Can we say the things as they are?
    Im not interesting: You dont feel you have anything to offer (It happens when ending a relationship)
    She's not turning green: She seems fine
    Shameful as it seems: An embarrasing moment, big long now..

    Endless climb/in this climb: You have to get over her
    Im blind: you dont know the way
    why cant i hear?: Why cant I hear myself? and my friends?
    Color blind: everything's confusing
    Speaking a phrase /instantly grown: you say something and the all are trying to tell you what to do and do a big fuss about it...they care but you dont want them to care... :S
    Im blind/waiting in line: waiting til' things get clearer

    Why am Im sure?: Why am Im sure to end this?

    However, its just a thought. I've recently passed through this and I find it helpful... dont care what Kurt try to mean... (I think he'd agreed with me lol :) )

    cya
    lukzon December 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaunting.
    Crane42on August 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat could this mean? Some exgirlfriend? On what CD is this by the way???
    annion July 20, 2002   Link

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