問題の歌詞の中のベイビーは、彼の当時のガールフレンドのTobi Vail （彼と別れた）であり、彼女はある時点で彼にそのセリフを言ったのだ。
Bekini Kill のTobi についての歌詞なのだが、歌詞の「It is now my duty to completely drain you, あなたを完全にヘトヘトにさせるのは、今や私の義務です」というセリフは、彼女が解散したときにKurt に言ったフレーズだった。このセリフを言って、彼女がこれにより彼と別れたのか、その逆なのかは不明だが、先は見えとりますなあーて感じ。
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この歌詞の部分はオーラルセックスへの言及であるとも言える。これらの特定の教えの性質は性的である。 だからKurt は、この人に教えられたり、性的に啓発されたりするために、「リンゴを持ってくる」必要すらなかったと言っているのだ。
Always be with you.
Kurt Cobain R.I.P.
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A live version, recorded on December 28, 1991 at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California, was released as the second promotional single from the live compilation, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah,in 1996. This version peaked at number 44 on the Radio & Records US Alternative Top 50 chart
“Drain You” is an alternative rock song that runs for a duration of three minutes and forty-three seconds. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by BMG Rights Management, it is written in the time signature of common time, with a moderately fast rock tempo of 134 beats per minute. The song is composed in the key of A major, while Kurt Cobain’s vocal range spans two octaves and five notes, from the low-note of F#4 to the high-note of B6. The song follows a basic sequence of A5–C#5–F#5–B5 in the verses and alternates between the chords of D5 and B5 during the refrain as its chord progression. The tight musical arrangement begins with Cobain strumming his electric guitar unaccompanied while singing, “One baby to another says I’m lucky to have met you.” After the song’s opening lines, there is an arrival of loud distortion a longside a thunderous combination of drums and bass.
In the 1993 Nirvana biography Come As You : The Story of Nirvana, Michael Azerrad described “Drain You” as “a love song, or rather a song about love,” in which the babies in the lyrics “represent two people reduced to a state of perfect innocence by their love.” Cobain told Azerrad that the lyrics made him think of “two brat kids who are in the same hospital bed.” The song’s imagery predicted the medical themes that would feature heavily in the lyrics of Nirvana’s following album, In Utero.
According to the 2001 Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven by Charles Cross, “Drain You” was one of “a half dozen…memorable songs” Cobain wrote following his break-up with American musician, Tobi Vail, in November 1990. Cross described the lyric, “It is now my duty to completely drain you,” as “both an acknowledgement of the power [Vail] had over [Cobain] and an indictment.”
According to Kurt, this song was written about a dorky, old-fashioned kind of love. One of his favorite tracks, it was performed in most concerts ever since its composition up until Nirvana’s breakup.
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According to Nevermind producer Butch Vig on the Classic Albums: Nirvana – NevermindDVD, “Drain You” had more guitar overdubs than any other song on the album. Cobain tended to dislike heavily overdubbed songs, so Vig had to tell Cobain lies in order to use them, such as “the tracks did not record right” or “were out of tune” in order to get him to do so many takes. Additionally, strange noises during the middle section of the song are caused by a rubber duck toy that also happened to end up on the back of the rarities compilation Incesticide. Cobain brought a rubber duck into the studio that sound engineer Andy Wallace put through delays to make it sound “trippy”.
Like most of the songs on the album Nevermind, this is about Kurt Cobain’s life in and around Olympia, Washington. At the time he was seeing a girl named Tobi Vail of the band Bikini Kill and the line, “It is now my duty to completely drain you,” was a phrase she said to Kurt at the time of their breakup. It’s unclear whether she broke up with him or vice versa.
While it could be a penis or umbilical chord, the tube is probably the mouth-esophagus\trachea, draining the other person to the mouth and sucking all their diseases from within.
When looking at someone you love or have a sexual attraction to, your pupils dilate.
This line is saying the guy will do anything the girl says, and through this, she’s changed his point of view on things without a poison apple, meaning she’s changed his point of view without forcing him to.
Refers to the poison apple line as well)
According to one source, having students bring apples to teachers is a convention that started in the 1700’s; poor students in Denmark and Sweden would bring baskets of apples to their teachers if they could not pay for their education with money. It was to avoid being ‘indebted’ to the teachers and the schools. Nowadays bringing an apple has morphed into a way to show appreciation for teachers.
I’m assuming the nature of these particular teachings is sexual, as the next part of the line could be a reference to oral sex.
So, Cobain is saying that he did not even have to “bring an apple,” to be taught or sexually enlightened by this person, they just began willingly.
This song takes non-sexual themes and interactions and perverts them, adding a primal, lusty, and sexual undertone. It complicates the imagery that we typically conjure up when we think of school, teachers, and learning and distorts it, subverting what we once accepted to be normal.
Originally titled “Formula,” “Drain You” was written in 1990.
The song was first recorded in the spring of 1991, when Cobain and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl visited Melvins drummer Dale Crover and his then-girlfriend Debbi Shane in San Francisco, California, on their way to record what became Nevermind in Van Nuys. During their visit, the four recorded several songs on a four track, including “Drain You,” under the band name, the Retards. “At the time, Kurt was into starting bands with everybody,” Shane recalled, “so we went to the practice space my band Dumbhead shared with the Melvins, and formed the Retards for two days.”
According to Shane, the band worked on songs by all four members, with one person recording, and Cobain eventually “announced he had a song, which wasn’t a Nirvana song because it didn’t have a drum part. When Dale started playing drums, he was like, ‘Wow, we have a drum part.'” The instrumental interlude was also developed during this session, which Shane says changed the song’s character “from metal to a more Sonic Youth noise thing. With the song’s structure now in place, the band brought it to the Nevermind recording sessions at Sound City Studios in May 1991.
According to Nevermind’s producer Butch Vig in the 2005 Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind DVD, “Drain You” featured more guitar overdubs than any other song on the album: one clean track and five distorted tracks, two using a Mesa Boogie amp, two using a Fender Bassman amp, and one that they called the “super grunge” track, using a pedal on the Fender Bassman.
Due to Cobain’s reluctance to double track his vocals, Vig says he often falsely claimed that certain parts were not recorded correctly or were out of tune, and needed to be recorded again. Cobain recorded three vocal takes, with all three takes being used throughout the recording.
The sounds during the song’s interlude were made by Cobain in a variety of ways, including using his squeaky mouse and rubber duck toys (the latter of which later appeared on the back cover of the band’s 1992 compilation, Incesticide) that he brought into the studio. Sound engineer Andy Wallace added delay to these sounds to complete the effect.
- Kurt Cobain (credited for the “Monkey Photo” as Kurdt Kobain) – vocals, guitars, photography
- Krist Novoselic (credited as Chris Novoselic) – bass, vocals on the intro of “Territorial Pissings”
- Dave Grohl – drums, backing vocals
- Chad Channing – cymbals on “Polly” (uncredited), drums on the “Smart Studio Sessions” (Deluxe Edition)
- Kirk Canning – cello on “Something in the Way”
Technical staff and artwork
- Craig Doubet – assistant engineering, mixing
- Robin Sloane – DGC/Geffen Records Creative Director
- Kurt Cobain – cover concept
- Spencer Elden – infant in cover photo
- Robert Fisher – artwork, art direction, design, cover design
- Michael Lavine – photography
- Bob Ludwig – mastering on 20th Anniversary Edition
- Jeff Sheehan – assistant engineer
- Butch Vig – producer, engineer
- Andy Wallace – mixing
- Kirk Weddle – cover photo
- Howie Weinberg – mastering
- Paul Carlsen – engineering/digital editing