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Song Released: 2004


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Oh you know I did it
It's over and I feel fine
Nothing you could say is gonna change my mind
Waiting and I wait at the longest night
Nothing like the taste to sweet decline

I was down, I fell, I fell so fast
Dropping like the grains in an...

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    peter.guthrie.3557
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    May 21st, 2014 5:28am report


    This song is about dancing with his past... released 10 years after Kurt's death, pointing out karma that will be due for someone (death awaits us all).
    A strong conspiracy (which I feel Dave believes) is that Courtney had a role in Kurt's death.
    "Nevermind there's nothing I can do" - he can't bring Kurt back or make her pay, but she will take it to the grave.



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    strokeface
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    Dec 11th, 2011 12:24am report


    I am a musician and Love and Respect ALL MUSIC. I have been a ZepHed my entire life. My opinion is that Foo is the modern day Led Zeppelin. Not that their music is so similar, but that what it really means to me personally. I can listen to Foo and get lost in the music just like I always did with Zep. Every few years I know I can count on the Foo to bring it, and they always do.

    I think that it is awesome for a site like this to enable fans and critics to voice their opinons about specific works of a multitude of artists.

    I believe that Foo had meant to leave the interpretation up to the listener as to how the lyrics and groove affected them at that point in time of them listening to the music. It is powerful enough music to do just that.

    DOA: I was with a girl and things got really hot n heavy with us after she had a 3 year relatonship with another guy. After a short 3 month love affair with her, she got back with her boyfriend and I never saw her again. I felt that it was a mistake for her to do that and DOA was the perfect song at the perfect time for me.

    "It's a shame we have to die my dear, no ones getting out of here alive"

    Meaning: Neither one of us will be happy or "alive".

    I really believe that the beauty of this song, as well as all FOO is that it IS TOTALLY OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION!!!!



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    9bymyside
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    Jun 28th, 2011 6:53pm report


    This song is written by Dave from Courtney's point of view the night she killed Kurt. He's saying that there's no way he was dead when she found him at their house.

    She made sure he wasn't getting away again. He had been declining her offers to reconcile (he was filing for divorce), so she drugged him with enough heroin to kill 3 men, then shot him or had someone shoot him to make it appear to be suicide.

    I think the most disturbing reality of the situation is put into words in the last verse: Take a good hard look for the very last time
    The very last one in a very long line
    Only took a second to say goodbye
    Been a pleasure but the pleasure's been mine, all mine

    Must have been her attitude there at the end on that night. Someone tell me how a man injects himself with the amount of heroin Kurt had in his body, rolls his sleeves down and buttons them, puts away the heroin kit, then finds the shotgun (loaded with 4 shells for protect, not one to kill himself with) and has the where-with-all to shoot himself.

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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 2011 6:37pm report


    I think this song is about enjoying life. The Foos might be indicating that the minute you are born you should know you will die sooner or later. Dave says he did something and he doesn't care If it has bad outcomes because it won't matter in the long run. He says what the heck I had fun doing it so what does it matter. People will forget about after he dies ( not too soon!)
    anyway.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 15th, 2011 4:27am report


    I think this song is saying everybody is going to die anyway because it says "What a way to go, they have no fear/No ones getting out of here, alive" saying everything has to end



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    anonymous
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    Nov 11th, 2010 11:06pm report


    WELL, There is a film called DOA (Dead on Arrival) in 1950 about a man who is poisoned one night, he is as good as dead and then sets out to 'find his own murderers'. I think The hopelessness in this song is probably what the character in DOA is going through.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 3rd, 2010 10:45pm report


    It could be about the death of Jim Morrison from the Doors, or just about Kurt Cobain's suicide.



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    shanon2885
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    Jun 14th, 2010 6:36pm report


    Rumor has it that Dave wrote this song about Kurt Cobain...oddly enough the drummer Taylor Hawkins bears a striking resemblance to Kurt. also, if you watch closely in the video there is an image that flashes across twice that looks just like Kurt....



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    jesseray
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    Apr 22nd, 2009 4:39pm report


    "Oh you know I did it" (killed Kurt cobain)
    "It's over and I feel fine"(I feel good about it)
    "Nothing you could say is gonna change my mind" (I'll always feel good about it)
    "Waiting and I wait at the longest night"(waited for Kurt Cobain to get home)
    Nothing like the taste to sweet decline (killing Kurt Cobain felt so good)

    I was down, I fell, I fell so fast(Kurt Cobain falling down after david grohl shot him)
    Dropping like the grains in an hourglass (the shotgun powder)
    Never say forever cause nothing last (kurt Cobain didn't last long)
    Dancing with the bones of my buried past (david growhl thinks about it from time to time)

    Nevermind there's nothing I can do (refrencing nevermind albulm)
    Bet your life there's something killing you (bet Kurt cobains life david grohl killed Kurt Cobain)

    It's a shame we have to die my dear (its a shame Kurt Cobain had to die so David Grohl could become famous)
    No ones getting out of here, alive (no one got out of the green house alive becouse by commiting murder David Grohl killed off his old self)
    This time (that night, april 13?,1994)

    What a way to go, they have no fear(nobodys afraid of david grohl becouse nobody knows what he did)
    No ones getting out of here, alive (out of the green house Kurt Cobain was found in)
    This time (that night,april,13,1994)

    Finished, I'm getting you off my chest
    Made you come clean in a dirty dress (david grohl is gay)
    A promise is a promise you kept in check
    Hard to cross a heart that beats it's best (referencing being a drummer in nirvana)

    Take a good hard look for the very last time (telling Kurt to look at him before david grohl shoots Kurt Cobain)
    The very last one in a very long line (death is forever)
    Only took a second to say goodbye (died instantly from the shot gun blast)
    Been a pleasure but the pleasure's been mine, all mine (now david grohl will get all the fame not Kurt cobain)

    Ain't no way, DOA
    Ain't no way, DOA

    It's a shame we have to disappear (david grohl thought the world would forget about Kurt Cobain after he died...)
    No ones getting out of here, alive
    This time
    This time
    This time
    **every foo fighters song is a confession about killing Kurt cobain!~WAKE UP PEOPLE!**
    -jesse R. garza

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    anonymous
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    Sep 17th, 2008 9:45am report


    It sounds like he's doing something other people arent gonna approve of. but he's like hey I did it in the past, its wrong that I did it but fuck it, I'm doing it again. and suddenly talk about death? maybe he doing a drug he will probably over dose on? who knows? lol



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    anonymous
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    Feb 6th, 2007 2:26pm report


    now THIS is a song about Kurt Cobain and Grohl dealing with his friend's suicide. He's expressing all kinds of suicidal thoughts, along with the idea that "no one's getting out of here [life] alive". Take a look at the irony in the lyric "bet your life there's something killing you". Your life, by having one, automatically means you'll lose it eventually. Life, in short, kills you. Grohl expressing these thoughts shows a kind of empathy he has for his friend's suicide. The song includes all kinds of equivocations for someone's decision to kill themselves.

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    Ssheska77
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    Apr 21st, 2006 4:18pm report


    I think, although I could be wrong, that this song is about, someone thinking about suicide. Pyscologists say that suicide and homicide are very common thoughts in the average person. I think Dave is saying "He wonders what would happen if the subject did commit suicide, what would people think"? Then I think the subject is justififying their reasons for thinking it, "I fell so fast" depression, and then the subject says "Never mind there's nothing I can do" Feelings of Helplessness, I think they are reasoning with themselves. But they realize the minute we are born we begin to die. This song is awesome, but the interpretation is extremely depressing.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 10th, 2006 4:21pm report


    I think this song is about how were all going to die one day and we shouldn't worry about it.




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