Courtney Love has recently shared some unpublished lyrics that Kurt Cobain wrote for Nirvana’s hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’
Love appeared on the podcast 60 Songs That Explains the ‘90s with Rob Harvilla where she shared stories about the great late Nirvana frontman, chatted about his writing process, and revealed some lyrics that he had written for the iconic track.
“Some of these were in these journals, and some of them are unpublished,” Love said, before sharing some of the unpublished lyrics.
“Come out and play / make up the rules / I know I hope / to buy the truth / who will be the king and queen / of all the outcasted teens,” the first set of lyrics read.
Then the chorus kicks in, “We’re so lazy / and so stupid / blame our parents / and the cupids / a deposit, for a bottle / stick it inside / no role model“.
Love then recited a second set of drafted lyrics, “We merge ahead this special day / this day giving amnesty to sacrilege” / “A denial / and from strangers / a revival / and from favours / here we are now / we’re so famous / here we are now / entertain us.”
The host of the podcast Rob Harvilla then noted that only about five of the lines made the version that we know today.
Love responded saying the official version is “a different song” than the demo, saying, “the only consistencies that it retains are ‘load up on guns and bring your friends' and ‘little group has always been and always will until the end.' That’s it.”
Earlier this month, Love honoured her late great husband on the 29th anniversary of his death, sharing a photo taken by R.E.M’s Michael Stipe of Cobain’s hands.
“I love beautiful hands, it’s the first thing I look at in another,” she wrote.
“Micheal saw these hands. These left handed beautiful hands like a votive/ a mudra, a shot this singular, powerful photograph of my twin flame. It is one of the only images (or sounds/ tastes etc) that makes me miss him deeply.”