Take a step outside yourself
And turn around
Take a look at who you are
It's pretty scary
So silly
You're not much
You can't do anything

Take a step outside the city
And turn around
Take a look at what you are
It is revolting
You're really nowhere
So wasteful
So foolish

Who said don't look back?
Don't believe 'em
Go for that crazy sounding restaurant
"cause they're gonna try and get behind you
Don't you let them do it
You know what I'm talking about?
You hear me talking?
You hear me talking?

It's pretty scary, it's so revolting
Take a step outside the country
And turn around
Take a look at what you are
It is amazing
Take a good look
You're no big deal
You're so petty
It's lots

Take a step outside the planet
Turn around and around
Take a look at where you are
It's pretty scary

Lyrics submitted by epsilon, edited by danff

"Turnaround" as written by Mark Allen Mothersbaugh Gerald Casale

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is a good cover, and it is pretty fun to play on guitar, try it!
    HillHead2003on August 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's worth noting that the lyrics are not by Kurt, but actually this is a cover of a Devo song. I mean, yeah, Kurt was a frickin brilliant songwriter, but this song is more an example of his good taste than his brilliant songwriting.
    Gfngfgfon September 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about the macho man and Kurt's dislike for them
    superman20pon September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, this is one of my faveorite songs, they lyrics are brilliant.
    fuckyouallon September 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, I didn't know that this was a Devo song, well devo have done a good job.
    fuckyouallon September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkurt wrote in a less straight way ... as he said: "if the lyrics are to obvious it often gets boring and banal'.
    Karmapaxon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about how people look at themselves . "Popular" people in society think way to much of themselves so he sayin " take a step outside yourself" Then he goes on to say "take a step outside the planet" i think he is trying to imply nothing matters, We take life way to seriously and i cudbe SO wrong .
    BrokeAnotherMirroron June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that this is a 'feel good' song, the lyrics kinda give me a sense of hope for nothing... which is satisfying, it makes you realise that the things that we strive for and worry about, don't make a difference, so its ok. i don't see that this song is an insult to the people he hated, more of the opposite, aimed at everybody else
    actionmanon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentummm, yeah, this song wasn't even written by Kurt Cobain, it was written by Devo. Kurt liked "new wave" stuff, so he experimented with this song. Listen to the New Wave Polly if you want something like this too.
    NirvanaSilverchairon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti no its ''its pretty scary, its so revolting'' but it sounds like ''its pretty scary til u fuk somebody.'' just and observation
    Sheon June 22, 2004   Link

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