Filter: Hey Man, Nice Shot Meaning
Song Released: 1995
Hey Man, Nice Shot Lyrics
now it's a little late.
what you could've taught me
I could've saved some face
they think that your early ending
was all wrong
for the most part they're right
but look how they all got strong
that's why I say hey...
This song was NOT about Kurt Cobain..I truly thought that it was, but then I started looking into it, and it's about R. Budd Dwyer who was the treasurer for the state of Pennsylvania. He committed suicide in front of a huge audience...To me, you could still think of it as Kurt's death, which I do, but in truth it's not.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2011 12:13pm report
my stupid cousin told me two years ago that it ws about M.L.King... sounds like it to me atleast. now i just made myself look studid. thanks brian and thanks to everybody that actually knows what they are talking about.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2011 4:38pm report
The song is about a senator who got caught in illegal activity and is going to prison. At his speech about leaving office and appologizing to the people, he pulls out a gun and blew his brains out. You can see it on one of the Faces Of Death videos.
anonymous Jan 19th, 2011 1:33pm report
ARKONITE; you are right except the detail at the end, i think the nonconformist succeeded, as the lyrics say "look how they got strong. . .that's why i say nice shot man" or look how they became brave and stood up against the many. . . good job; the song is meant to reach the few and not the many.
This song is,as has been established by other contributors,about the former Pennsylvania treasurer. I am fairly certain you can actually see the suicide on Faces of Death,and probably many other sources. I saw it, and recently a radio station was discussing this after playing the song (Tampa area), and someone called in verifying that a family member was there in the press conference audience. I certainly see where it could be confused as being about many other occurrences,including Cobain's suicide. As for any accusations by Courtney Love about its inspiration, why not ask Richard Patrick himself. I visited Cleveland one time to see the Hall of Fame,and was given a map to the house in Bay Village where they recorded this.Unfortunately, I couldn't stay long enough to drive over there.
Personally, I think this song is about anyone who has an opinion different than everyone else and they constantly get accused of being wrong. The person tries his best shot to explain to the world (who sees only wrong) what is truly right.
Out of frustration, the person being accused retaliates with violence. Because we all know that violence is a perk of humanity.
Eventually, the person trying to stand up for what is right will give in and will believe everything is wrong as well (If you can't beat em, join em). In the end, we wish we could've met this person before he conformed with the rest of the world. We would tell him nice try.
anonymous Jan 7th, 2007 1:59pm report
Ok, this song is about about the Pennsylvania Treasurer.
"*This song was written long-before Kurt Cobain's suicide for all you you conspiracy theorists, although it is about suicide. Richard says the song is based on the 1987 suicide of Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Bud Dwyer who shot himself during a television press conference."
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