➥ Kurt Cobain described this song as “About people, and what they’re expected to act like.” The lyrics are intentionally contradictory and confusing, with one line rebutting the next.
➥ Nirvana producer Butch Vig says that this is one of his favorites from the album. He told NPR: “I think that song is about acceptance, and about misfits. You’re cool no matter how screwed up you are. Come As You Are is an ode to accepting someone for who they are.”
➥ Nirvana almost named Nevermind, the album Come As You Are is on, ‘Sheep’ - a reference to people who follow the herd.
➥ In Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, they put up a road sign after his death that read “Come As You Are.”
“I had a shitty life till I was about 17. I sat in my room for 90 per cent of the time. I’d go home after school, play my guitar and listen to music. The States seemed so big to me that I thought I’d never leave the region. At a younger age, everything seemed so simple and easy, I thought I could be President. By the age of nine, I pretty much gave up any idea of ever even surviving the age of 21 because I felt so completely alienated. I probably alienated myself more than the other way round. I was always trying find someone who liked art or music, but it was always sports.” - Kurt Cobain
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