Nirvana: Something In the Way Meaning
Song Released: 1991
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Something In the Way Lyrics
The tarp has sprung a leak
And the animals I’ve trapped
Have all become my pets
And I’m living off of grass
And the drippings from the ceiling
It’s okay to eat fish
’cause they don’t have any...
anonymous Jul 23rd, 2006 7:57am report
Mm, kids, stop thinking about this so much, Kurt once said "don't look into my lyrics, you won't find the meaning." so that's that.
anonymous Jul 21st, 2006 7:20am report
Try looking at the chorus, "something in the way" does this mean that there is something in the way of something, or that there is something in the way of the life Kurt describes in the verse, as in something admirable. Kurt is well known for wanting a simple, minimalist life and I think he found the notion of living under a bridge romantic.
anonymous Jun 20th, 2006 6:05am report
Well, as Charles R. Cross pointed out in his 2001 biography of Kurt Cobain, Kurt couldn't possibly have lived under the Young Street Bridge, simply because the tide would have carried him out in the morning. I think Krist Novoselic said something to that extent as well, but I'm not sure...
anonymous May 1st, 2006 5:38am report
Despite the repetitive verse and chorus, this song is actually quite deep and metaphorical. "Underneath the bridge" is not only a reference to is time spent on the street, (I doubt he actually lived under the bridge.)But a reference to his escape in music to a haven "underneath the bridge." I think the "Something in the way" here is Drugs, paticularily Heroin, which kept him trapped, metaphorically "underneath the bridge," unable to rise to new heights.
anonymous Nov 16th, 2005 11:43pm report
I can't really say much about the song, but I do know that the recording was done with a 5 string guitar (missing the high E string) and it's the same guitar as used in "Polly" on the same album (Listen carefully, There's no high e string)
Anyway, I've read that he spent either an afternoon or an evening or something, but it was about one day under that bridge, and then he went home crying (I'm overexagerating, but still..) Kurt was a story teller. The story about selling his fathers guns to buy a guitar? False. He sold ~A~ (singular) gun of his father's and apparently bought an amp to go with his guitar. The stories are fabrications and extensions of the truth. I believe this is what made him so interesting. I wouldn't call him a liar. I would call him a daydreamer or a storyteller.
kurt-cobain Oct 28th, 2005 10:12pm report
This is the real interpretation! Kurt was kicked out of his house when he was young because he got shit by the cops so he had to live under Youg St. bridge in Aberdeen, Washington.
He lived off of the grass, and the drippings from the ceiling, he had to catch fish from the Aberdeen River. I've got sources to prove this.
Just a quick note:
"I'm living off of grass"
This line in the song could relate to something Kurt said somewhere, might have been in a different song or in the journals but he said that marijuana is the only thing "I need to stay alive" or something like that. Anyway that is a possible meaning of that line. If you buy the journals, be warned because the handwriting is crazy soemtimes....maybe because of heroin and antidepressants (lithium) Kurt didnt strike me as someone who is going to stick to the recommended dose! High lithium makes you shaky. READ THEM SLOWLY
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