I've read, that the song is about Kurt Cobain's suicide....
Could you turn up the track a little bit, please

My mouth fell open
Hoping that the truth would not be true
Refuse the news

I'm feeling sick now
What the fuck am I supposed to do
Just lose and lose

First time I saw you
You were sitting backstage in a dress
A perfect mess

You never knew this
But I wanted badly for you to
Requite my love

Left on the floor
Leaving your body
When highs are the lows
And lows are the way
So hard to stay
Guess now you know
I love you so

I liked your whiskers
And I liked the dimple in your chin
Your pale blue eyes

You painted pictures
'Cause the one who hurts can give so much
You gave me such

Left on the floor
Leaving your body
When highs are the lows
And lows are the way
So hard to stay
Guess now you know
I love you so


Lyrics submitted by PrismPuck, edited by aurora4847, Rami Abu Shakra

"Tearjerker" as written by Anthony Kiedis Michael Balzary

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is definitely about Kurt Cobain, just read Anthony's book 'Scar Tissue'. And although John Frusciante is my all time favourite guitarits and Hillel was amazing too (R.I.P) Navarro IS a great guitarist, whether you like his playing style or not, I'm not a huge fan, but I know he is very talented. He also kept the band afloat after Frusciante left, so without Navarro and One Hot Minute there probably wouldn't be Californication, By The Way or Stadium Arcadium.
    RedBloodHotSugaron May 09, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentJohn Frusciante DOES NOT SUCK. He's amazing, even if he doesn't play metal or whatever shit you like. His parts are some of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard come from a guitar. And have you ever heard him sing? Dave Navarro wasn't bad, just different. I think many RHCP fans are too critical of OHM and Navarro. But don't diss Frusciante.

    Also, this is a great song musically and lyrically.
    suckmykisson March 03, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about Kurt Cobain, Anthony wrote about it in his book, Scar Tissue.
    lizeton July 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'd say Kurt Cobain. Hillel Slovak didn't have pale blue eyes or whiskers. He also says that the first time he saw him was backstage, so it couldn't be hillel since he and hillel were highschool buddies and such.
    Grunger83on May 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDave Navarro if a fucking good guitarist, heehee! Don't say somebody sucks just because you're pissed that the band didn't churn out another Give It Away. And yes Anthony did love Kurt Cobain, in an interview he said that he loved him and thought he was a beautiful person.
    Grunger83on August 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso u don#t even greet friends anymore? hah? What do u have to say for urself? hehehe, LOL

    well, it all makes sense. The way he describes him (kurt) is the way i felt too.

    "I liked your whiskers
    And I liked the
    Dimple in your chin
    Your pale blue eyes

    You painted pictures
    Cause the one
    Who hurts
    Can give so much
    You gave my such "

    WOW! It so describes Kurt. And i must say, that it is very true that the ones that hurt (depressed) have a lot of deepness, and that makes them write the cleverest and saddest lyrics that are so deep it#s amazing. And kurt painted pictures with his words..... (and with paint as well.....)


    hmmmmm. these lyrics are so nice. and sad.
    annion August 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsad, but none the less awsome lyrics. rip kurt .. peace! -aodx
    AngelOfDeathxon September 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song, I'm pretty positivie IS about Kurt Cobain. In Scar Tissue, Anthony recalls meeting Kurt for the first time when they were about to go on tour together...

    "That night was the first time I met Kurt Cobain. Before the show, I went back to Kurt's dressing room to say hello, and he was back there with Courtney. He looked torn up, like he had just come off a hard bender. He was wearing a ripped dress, and his skin was bad, and he looked like he hadn't slept for a few days.."

    I mean, come on...
    "First time I saw you, you were sitting backstage in a dress, a perfect mess."
    "I liked your whiskers, and I liked the dimple in your chin, your pale blue eyes..."
    If it's not about Cobain, then it must be one hell of a coincidence...
    soft_but_estrangedon February 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone once told me that this song was about Kurt Cobain. I have no idea if this is true but the lyrics do go along with this.
    Yodion May 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd imagine it was about Hillel Slovak
    MardyAsson May 27, 2002   Link

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