Drain You Lyrics - Nirvana

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One baby to another says
I'm lucky to have met you
I don't care what you think
Unless it is about me
It is now my duty to completely drain you
I travel through a tube
And end up in your infection

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
I like you

With eyes so dialated
I've become your pupil
You've taught me everything
Without a poison apple
The water is so yellow
I'm a healthy student
Indebted and so grateful
Vacuum out the fluids

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
I like you

Guitar solo

One baby to another says
I'm lucky to have met you
I don't care what you think
Unless it is about me
It is now my duty to completely drain you
I travel through a tube
And end up in your infection

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
Sloppy lips to lips
You're my vitamins
I like you

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nope | Reviewer: hmmmmm | 2/9/14

nope.. alot of what kurt says in interviews was said for a purpose to achieve fame, he rehearsed in his journal. Most of the time he didn't want anyone knowing what his songs meant, and even lied alot of the time. I also realized when he said that his lyrics were spewed (random) his eyelids would flutter a little. which suggests to me he was lieing. Apart from the longing for a personal connection between him and his lyrics, he also did this because alot of his songs were actually about Courtney but he didn't want her knowing it because they would be negative towards her. He might of been famous and heard by alot of people, but he was still so quiet.


This song is about the destructive affair he had with Tobi Vail. It's some kind of a dialog, check this out:

One baby (Kurt) to another (Tobi) says: I'm lucky to have met you.
I (Tobi) don't care what you (Kurt) think unless it is about me (Tobi)
It is now my duty (Tobi's) to completely drain you (Kurt)
I (Kurt) travel through a tube and end up in your infection (Tobi's).

And then the chorus illustrates how Kurt is some kind of slave for Tobi; chewing the meat for her etc. But still, Kurt likes her...

Tobi Vail was a very intellectual girl and involved in the feminist movement and was political oriented. Kurt learned a lot from her, but she treated her boyfriends nothing more like puppies or something. Kurt wanted a more traditional relationship.

In the whole next verse, Kurt is telling Tobi.
In the first lines of this verse, Kurt explains how much she had taught him, with dilated eyes. Learning him everything, except for a poison apple, which is a biblical metaphor. This poison apple is a symbol of their dysfunctional relation, and this is vacuuming the fluids out of Kurt (that is, heartbreaking for Kurt)

You have to admit this is truly a masterpiece of a song, created by an ingenious mind.

Lyric Meaning | Reviewer: TJ | 4/5/13

This song is about 2 twins in utero. One is parasitic. It eats the other twin, but feels bad about having to do so. He "liked" his twin and even learned things from it. Perhaps he learned what hat 11th finger was for? Who knows, but it was a matter of survival. He had to eat his twin to survive the womb.

you can figure it out, don't be stupid | Reviewer: ,mike | 3/3/13

to me this song sounds like it's about a woman and her baby before and after it's born. he just uses odd metaphores sometimes. plus kurt said in an interview which you can find on youtube saying he would l;ike the fans to interperate it and send him what they thought instead of him telling everyone. the lyrics might be bits and pieces of things he wrote but it all has a purpose. people might say songs are about nothing but they probably just don't want to explain it to people. seinfeld is about nothing but every episode was about something. (georges wallet or whatever) don't be stupid and subscribe to the whole tortured artist, songs about nothing concept.

Jeeeeesus | Reviewer: MeDuh | 1/30/13

K look we all have our opinions about what the lyrics meant obviously we will never know cause I'm sure noone here met Kurt and asked him did you? You all need to just ENJOY THE MUSIC maybe Kurt meant this or that and maybe he didn't but it doesn't matter now we will never know so just turn the volume up FULL AND LISTEN to this great song

sheez | Reviewer: kurtkurtkurt | 1/27/13

In an interview, kurt said that he likes the human anatomy. So the baby thing interpretation about this song might be right. But hell no, kurt loves girls. And sex. This song is about him making out and going crazy inlove with tobi."chew your meat for u, pass it back and fourth...." , that's sucking each others tounge. And the baby he's talking about, is just simply yobi's egg cell and his sperm. That's about iy, don't make things complicated.

Effort! | Reviewer: Colbain | 1/5/13

He may have said he doesn't put effort into his lyrics, it's cause he was a heroin addict amongst other awesome mind opening drugs, psychedelics and such. So for effort in lyrics, these deep thoughts come easy to a guy given the access to them. You can't disregard the depth of the lyrics just cause you've never done heroin to realize how easy things come to your mind. For a sober mind, one that hasn't experienced the mind opening substances, you won't have the ability to go into the depths and decipher the music. Doesn't mean your interpretation is wrong, that's the brilliance in music. Many metaphors. Also, doesn't mean that the guy that interprets the song to be that Kurt's being showed some shit from spirits from the spirit drug he injected, is wrong either, just means you haven't given your brain access to decipher in those depths. And no glass of Soda will do that for you! You gotta intake the access drug!

The real meaning | Reviewer: Hollie | 6/13/12

There is no such thing as time. Kurt Cobain was on a spiritual path completing his mission and his suicide was a part of it. This song was intended for mother earth incarnate to listen to later on and realize that Kurt Cobain reincarnated into her womb, as a sacrifice meant to be eaten in order to heal her. These lyrics are in correlation to heart shaped box (vagina).

love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/12

this song is about a boy and a girl and the love between them, and i love it. so innocent and primitive and harsh and demanding but definitely absolute in itself. this is real love. draining each other...

We are all born unique interpreters | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/7/12

I wish people would just find their own meaning in the song. Since, as humans, we are all flawed and have our interpretations of the truth whether we like to admit it or not.

I happen to interpret this song as a love hate relationship with society and those authoritative figures in it. Society for example, through public education, tries to clone us into followers of their interpretation of what is worth knowing and what is the truth. They are chewing our meat for us, and passing it on through the regurgitation of a world view that has become considered Truthful. We do not think for ourselves anymore, and that is the greatest pain I have come to find in my life. So let everyone interpret and create freely. That, to me is the beauty of this life. Don't let society Drain You and your creative minds!!!

kurt | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/5/11

the album is nevermind so dont mind the lyrics kurt killed himself due to wrong interpretion of his lyrics in [polly] so if you love kurt then stop interpreting such things about his lyrics

taking this shit too seriously | Reviewer: Sanksrit | 12/4/11

You guys take this song too seriously. I think he once said that he doesn't overthink lyrics... He just wrote down what he had in mind... That's it! Maybe there is a meaning in the song. Let's not question the music and just listen!

Parasitic Twin | Reviewer: Edna Griswald | 11/18/11

This song is, ostensibly, a take on the relationship between a pair of twins, one "healthy" and one parasitic. Images are from both inside the womb ("in utero") as well as outside it.

In classic Cobain fashion, Kurt abstracts this image to communicate a metaphor for dependency, ("you're my vitamins" on the parasitic twin's part), and co-dependency on the "healthy" twin's part ("pass it back and forth/ in a passionate kiss"). It therefore communicates a message about the needy/ destructive nature of intimate relationships in tones that are alternately earnest and sarcastic, and therefore ironic.

But mostly, if you find yourself screaming along, it's because Kurt was a master of channeling something primal within himself (and therefore inside us all), whether it makes "logical sense," or not. Instead, it makes "emotional sense," which is doubly ironic when our emotions are so bewildering, confusing, and incomprehensible that they drive us to self-destruction (shotgun). And that is both his genius and his tragedy.

Idiots. | Reviewer: blech | 11/13/11

You are all taking these lyrics far too seriously. If you are seriously stupid enough as to say that this song is about drugs, nerh. "Chew your meat for you, passing back and forth, in a passionate kiss, from my mouth to yours". If it's about heroin, does he also kiss needles? Does a needle eat meat? "I don't care what you think unless it is about me". Does a needle/heroin have a brain? You're all far too serious and fail to understand that Kurdt never put too much meaning in a song, you are all just looking for an explanation to see him as a fucking junkie.

Yeah. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/12/11

Ah now lads. Have a cup of tea. I heard nobody knew what the song was about. I heard he took it to his urn with a cup of tea. Ah sure he was a stand up man that Kurt. Drank lots of tea. Have a cup of tea. Gwan sure, you might as well have a cup of tea.

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