It hurts when you have to press that dull little thing
That you're only supposed to use once and then discard
But where do you put it? In the garbage can, my honest friend
My shyness, pet her flow

She's only been five months late
Even though we haven't had sex for a week
A meal a day, a meal, I say
And my heart's made my

Somebody else already used the word Aurora Borealis
She was tied up in chains, and Sam had helped her in the freezer

She's only five weeks late
But I haven't had a date forever
Ever, ever

Wish I had more, more opportunity
More chances to remember some things
So I couldn't have so much pressure on my
On my, on my, um, ah, on my, um, um, head

We would have so much more diversity
And so much more input, so much more creative flow
If we had someone in school, a G-I-T

Geeks in town
Ha! Come on, Dave, think of one
(Girls In Trouble)
It should be G-I-C
Geeks with Charvels
No, G-W-C
Fuck, man, this is a waste of time
One more solo?

You're personally responsible for
The entire strip to be washed away
Cleansed as if gallons of, um, rubbing alcohol
Flowed through the strip and were set on fire
It didn't just singe the hair, it made it straight
And then Perry Ellis came along with his broom
And his silk
And he, he erected a beautiful city
A city of stars

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  • +10
    Song Meaning

    This song is one of few where Kurt openly sings about drug use. First off the title of the song gives that away. Gallons of rubbing alcohol flow the strip...heroin users clean needles with rubbing alcohol to sanitize and kill diseases. The first verse -'""It hurts when you have to press that dull little thing That you're only supposed to use once and then discard" Where do you put it? In the garbage can, my honest friend My shyness, pet her flow," The words hurts, press, dull, then he goes on to say supposed to use once and discard. Thats a needle. No Junkie uses a needle once. You use it as much as you can. The kurt goes on to say should i throw it in the trash, use with a friend who wont tell anyone. The shyness to let them know your a user. The the words "pet her flow.' meaning rubbing your arm after shooting up. Now after the first verse, it start out with first getting high....bitching about his girl. Never having sex and other stuff. Heroin users lose sex drive. Kurt sings about a meal a day but his heart is made. If you are a addict you only eat about once a day. Your first meal will always come sometime after you get high. Its impossible to eat before that. His heart being made is just saying, it is what it is and im not changing. After all this is just about the thoughts of being high....crazy thoughts with friends. Kurt talks about putting someone in a freezer. Complaining about his girl again.....any crazy thoughts. He thing starts coming down a bit...Starts talking maybe we should have gottin a education instead of being junkies. Then it turns into a big joke. Someone usually breaks the serious conversation to not kill the high. But they are coming down so what does Kurt say??? One more Solo??? Getting high again baby. Screaming in excitement and pain. Next lines are......"You're ... personally responsible for, uhh ... The entire strip ... to be washed away ... Cleansed ... as if gallons of, um, rubbing alcohol Flowed through the strip and were set on fire." All this means is you better be responsible for cleaning your needle. Set on fire is obvious...You have to melt the drug to inject it. A lighter and a spoon. The song ends with him being really high. Just random thoughts of things people think about when high. Its one of the best songs ever writtin about heroin use. He captured everything. The guitar, the weird tempo. His voice. Its really beautiful.

    tarmeupon February 20, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    This was most definitely not a nevermind outtake. Kade is thinking of "Endless, nameless". This is just a great, great jam session.

    rckriston April 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    GIT is the Guitar Institute of Technology. Cobain is mocking how they made schools for people to learn how to play guitar and 'express' themselves. Geeks with Charvels would be the dumb guitar wankers that you can still find on youtube who are obsessed with their gear and shredding to lame heavy metal songs.

    Perry Ellis did something with women's fashion I think too.. Which would make sense with talking about silk and erecting a beautiful city (a funny male play on the rise of his success New York) and all that..

    doylekmon July 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song comes at the end of all apologies on the uk version too. it was apparantly put together as Kurt's way of mocking the marketing idea of exports having bonus tracks. it was indeed marketed over here as special because of the bonus track, so i guess Kurt got his wish

    xpankfrisston April 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Not on my In Utero. In America, you can't get either of the hidden tracks. I heard Kurt invented the hidden track. I heard he played a trick on his room mate by putting a blank tape in and about 30 minutes into the tape saying something satanic. I also heard the beatles did a hidden track, any clarification would be nice.

    NoseDragonon August 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion

    THIS NOT A SUCIDE NOR A DRUG SONG, HERE IS WHY: It's not surprising to me that many people on here talk about considering this song to an 'ode' to drugs or yet better a suicide themed song which is NOT. It's very psychedelic and improvisational song for a fact, has a lot themes inside and you can explain some verses in different way and it might contain even references to drugs or suicide.

    For instance the first strophe talks about and one would be surprised about a TAMPON ! and then later the next one is about a late period: "She's only been five months late" Get it ?

    Then there is some weird stuff going on, what could be talk about a failing relationship ???

    Anyways the strophe where they joke about GIT: the Hollywood-based Guitar Institute of Technology, later Geeks with Charvels... actually gives the song its tite. The so called age of grunge preceded a decade of 80's where hair metal was the mainstream rock genre with dudes dressed like girls, with make up, hair spray (I don't have to get into more details, do i ?) using Charvel guitars (a brand made famous during this period). Hence there is a lot of sarcasm in this song, because after grunge, the hair metal scene basically disappeared and the bands which were once famous, started to disband and were being dropped by major record labels or even worse started to release GRUNGE ALBUMS !

    So the last few verses, strophes... call them what you like, talk definitely about Hollywood, and how fake its being presented to the public, attributes towards which Cobain felt totally alienated to. He was the opposite. SOURCE:

    patrik1163on February 22, 2016   Link
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    General Comment

    i thought it was an empty track!

    tom.burnson June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song follows All Apologies on most editions of In Utero. I think it was their attempt at making a song up on the spot. Hence Kurt saying "Come on Dave think of one" "ahh fuck it" and "One more solo?". A damn great song it is.

    Iotaon June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    dont hear this song after all apologies do you have to wait for it to start?

    KurtCobain2727on July 02, 2002   Link
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    I NEVER FUCKING SAID HE WAS SATANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! goddammit, i said he tried to scare his friend, and it worked. Where did I say he was satanic? i didn't! GFEUIsuifqWErqw3i4rofwet

    NoseDragonon September 05, 2002   Link

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