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As I understand it, the first verse is just about his feelings about her, or in other words: "You are the perfect girlfriend, don't you know that". The chorus introducing the thought that he is taking advantage of her. If you check the biographies you will find that he used to live at her place, messing it up doing drugs keeping pets and all that kind of stuff without even bothering to clean up, do any chores or get money. "I can't see you every night - free" is nothing but an admission of guilt. The "take advantage while you hang me out to dry" refers to situations in which she would either kick him out or he himself moved to his car because after that she would tipically stop insisting on him contirbuting to the relationship.
The second verse is from her perspective. I think I once read that she would typically write him notes saying "I do hope you have the time to do XY...." and kept dates with him by which something needed to be done - but Kurt never did anything but make promises.
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I don’t know anything about “Tracy” and certainly did not know Kurt personally and so would not suggest either was actually involved in prostitution. The greatest artists are not that self-centered and write, instead, of the tragedy they see and feel in the lives of others around them.
I hear this song as a dark, disturbing “Roxanne”. It is the story of a very lonely man who has fallen in love with a hooker. She treats him as a friend when they are together and listens indulgently just as a good professional should. She probably does have a “clue” of his feelings for her but she does not want to acknowledge that because she does not feel the same.
“Take advantage while… you hang me out to dry” a bitter complaint that the relationship is one-sided.
“I’m standing in your line. I hope you have the time. I take a number, too.” BloodAxe definitely nailed the visual on this that Cobain took from everyday life. Like every other customer waiting for his number to be called at the meat market, this man is waiting his turn with the object of his affections. That he has to take a number and wait like everyone else reveals the tragic awareness that he is just another “John” to her.
And, because of her professional view of him, because she does not love him the way he loves her, he can’t have her every night for free… only when he pays.
The repeated, plaintive refrain, “I do”, is a sad reference to one half of a wedding vow.
Damn good music!
I'm listening to the song right now, and Kurt clearly says at the start: (From Outcesticide Boxset)
"ahhhh -- I do"
"don't give a note to me
"I do PROMISE to agree
"I do live in constant fear"
"I do wonder why I'm here"
"but if you say I'm right"
"But I can't see you every night for free"
"Don't wash my face again"
"I do hit up all my friends"
(the rest I can't figure out)
The 10 "lyric" sites I visited I found on google for the lyrics to "about a girl" came up with words that mostly do NOT match what Kurt sings in this boxset song. Maybe it's different from the original version.
Anyone got any ideas?
Courtney Love was his wife, they got married around the time of their third album
then again, i suck at facts, so i could be wrong
RIP Kurt Donald Cobain
from the girl who looks like Kurt
A clear Reference to Cinderella. That shows how great of a lyricist Kurt was.
One of the best, tbh.
Kurt - R.I.P
For those fans of Nirvana, you gotta go out and get it. It's really cool!
Kurt seems to feel as though he's a last priority in her life. The Line "Im standing In your line/hope you have the time" references that he's waiting in line obviously and that Tracy does'nt seem to find any time for him in her life anymore to point out the obvious. He's not her Number 1 priority in her life when he should be hence the "Number 2" part.
Then theres the part about finding someone to listen to his grief "Easy friend" who can help understand his misery.
He just wants to see her with no interuptions and to be emotionally attatched at all times. From his perspective he seems to care a whole lot more and be madly in love with her while she could care less. Kurt wants to see her "free" meaning nothing in the world bothering them as they spend time together.
Definately a beautiful song and my favorite of all time.
Year Chart Position
1994 Mainstream Rock Tracks (US) No. 3
1994 Modern Rock Tracks (US) No. 3
1994 Official Italian Singles Charts No. 21
1994 Official Sweeden Singles Charts No. 20
1994 Official Holland Singles Charts No. 26
Kurt was aparently listening to the Beatles all day while writing this song, thats why it has such an upbeat pop style beat.