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Album: NevermindReleased: 1991
Kurt Cobain wrote this about his life. He talks about living under a bridge, which he claimed happened when he got kicked out of the house and had to live under a nearby bridge. He expresses his feelings and emotions by saying "something in the way" - he thought everything was in the way every time he tried to feel better.
Nirvana performed this on their MTV Unplugged appearance shortly before Cobain's suicide.
The lyrics to this song were spray painted by Cobain on the wall of the bridge that he lived under when he left his home. It was later painted over in a clean up of the city.
This was used in the film Jarhead
On the Nevermind
album, this is the last track before the hidden song called "Endless, Nameless
," which comes in 13:51 later. It startled some folks when the music would suddenly come on again, and it made others think there was something wrong with their carousel CD players that were supposed to play the next disc in the queue.
When recording this song, Kurt Cobain whispered his vocals so quietly that producer Butch Vig
had to turn his recording levels all the way up.
Nirvana used a cello on this song, which was played by their Los Angeles-based friend Kirk Canning. The cello was recorded on the last day of the session - the band was at a party with some friends when they went looking for a cellist, and found out that Canning could play. Said Cobain, "We said, Here, play something, and he came up with something right away. It fell like dominoes, it was really easy."
A demo medley containing this song plus unreleased tracks "You Can't Change Me" and "Burn My Britches" can be found on the posthumous Kurt Cobain solo album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, the soundtrack to the documentary film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
The movie's director Brett Morgen, commented to NME: "That to me was an amazing - it's almost like a rock opera, and to hear 'Something in the Way' emerge from the ashes of those other tracks was quite revealing. Kurt might've done an edit on that track, but I believe it was close to a continuous take."