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More than just a B-side, “Aneurysm” is one of the few Nirvana songs credited to all three members – Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl. It was first performed live on November 25, 1990, at the Off Ramp Café in Seattle. Interestingly, Kurt Cobain considered it to be one of Nirvana’s best live performances at some point.

It debuted in September 1991, gracing the flip side of the band’s breakthrough single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” One year later in 1992, it received a second life on the band’s rarities collection, “Incesticide”.

I fell in love with this song years later when I got my hands on the original album “From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah”, where “Aneurysm” was captured live on December 28, 1991, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. Although it reached number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 13 on its Modern Rock Tracks chart, it is still one of Nirvana’s most underrated songs!

 



Come on over, do the twist, aha
Overdo it and have a fit, aha
Love you so much, it makes me sick, aha
Come on over and do the twist, aha

Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me

Come on over and do the twist, aha
Overdo it and have a fit, aha
Love you so much, it makes me sick, aha
Come on over and shoot the shit, aha

Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me (beat it, beat it)
Beat me out of me

She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart
She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart
She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart
She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart
She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart
She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart
She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart
She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart

<span class="su-quote-cite"><strong>Nirvana</strong> - <strong>'<em>Aneurysm</em>'</strong></span>

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: David Grohl / Krist Novoselic / Kurt Cobain

Aneurysm lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Downtown Music Publishing


 

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Nirvana – Aneurysm (Live At The Paramount, Seattle / 1991)

 

Nirvana “Aneurysm”: The Lyrics Meaning

 

According to Charles Cross’s 2002 Cobain biography, “Heavier Than Heaven,” “Aneurysm” was the first of several songs written by Kurt Cobain following a four-month relationship with musician Tobi Vail in 1990. Though brief, the relationship left a deep mark on Nirvana’s frontman.

Kurt Cobain poured his emotions into “Aneurysm” as an attempt to win Tobi Vail back, unlike later songs like “Drain You” which expressed deeper pain. The song features Kurt’s signature snarl and lyrics like love you so much it makes me sick, hinting at the intense feelings he had for Tobi Vail. This particular line, Kurt Cobain admitted to a friend, stemmed from his nervousness around Tobi Vail, which even made him throw up.

Despite the unresolved romantic emotions, “Aneurysm” still retains Nirvana’s signature rebellious spirit. Cobain mocks pop conventions and drug use with lyrics like “shoot the shit” and “beat me out of me.”

The song ends with a lingering question. The unidentified woman Kurt praises with the line “She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart” could be another reference to Tobi Vail.

 

The Story of Kurt Cobain and Tobi Vail’s Relationship

 

Tobi Vail was best known as the drummer who co-founded the punk band Bikini Kill and played an active role in the Riot Grrrl movement. Additionally, she is recognized for her relationship with Kurt Cobain, following his breakup with Tracy Marander.

Kurt Cobain and Tobi Vail crossed paths approximately three years prior while hanging out with the Melvins. Their relationship was characterized by a shared passion for music and rebellion against societal norms. Kurt found inspiration in Tobi’s fierce energy and uncompromising approach to music and activism, which influenced his songwriting and ideological perspectives.

Despite the brief romance, Tobi Vail’s influence on Kurt Cobain’s music remained profound. From all accounts, Kurt Cobain was deeply in love with Tobi Vail and wanted a stable relationship similar to what he had with Tracy Marander. However, the drummer of Bikini Kill was very different from Kurt in that regard, and this may have been one of the main reasons for such a short-lived relationship

 

 

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