Kurt Cobain rarely talked about this song, but he did say that it was dedicated to his wife, Courtney Love, and daughter, Francis Bean. The song deals with everything that was expected of him and the changes he had been through, which weren't all pleasant judging by the lines, "Married... Buried."
Aberdeen, Washington, where the band formed, is one of the cloudiest places in the United States, and also, according to Cobain, one of the least accepting. As he did on the In Utero
," Kurt mentions the sun in this song, singing: "In the sun I feel as one." This reflected his desire to be somewhere else.
This was a highlight of Nirvana's Unplugged In New York, an acoustic album recorded for an MTV special. Nirvana recorded the Unplugged session November 18, 1993 and it aired almost a month later. The album was released November 1, 1994 in the US, 7 months after Cobain's suicide. In that context, it sounded like a goodbye message from Cobain. (thanks, Abby - Altoona, IA)
On some European versions of the album, there is a hidden song 20 minutes after this ends called "Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip." Albums with the hidden track contain a sticker that says "Exclusive International Bonus Track."
When Nirvana recorded In Utero in February 1993, they wanted to make a raw, stripped down album that took them back to their roots after the polished and pop-influenced Nevermind. However, the band succumbed to pressure to have further mixing done to "Heart-Shaped Box," "All Apologies" and "Pennyroyal Tea." It is rumored that the entire album was mixed and did not resemble at all what Nirvana had wanted, but the 3 members of the band vehemently denied this and stated that they were very pleased with the outcome. (thanks, Adrian - Brookings, SD)
The Christian band DC Talk sometimes covered this song at concerts. They would change the line "Everyone is gay" to "Jesus is the Way." (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
Sinead O'Connor covered this on her 1994 album Universal Mother. (thanks, Mike - Hamilton, Canada)
Backed with "Rape Me," this was the last single Nirvana released. Kurt Cobain died about 4 months later.