Violet (3:28)

Cover of Live Through This

From Live Through This and 19 other releases

“Violet” is a song by American alternative rock band Hole, written by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Courtney Love and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson. The song was written circa 1991, and was played at several live shows between 1991 and 1992 during Hole’s Pretty on the Inside tours. The song was eventually placed as the opening track on the band’s second studio album Live Through This (1994) and was released as the group’s seventh single and the third from that album in January 1995.

Courtney Love has stated several times that the song was written about her relationship with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan in 1990, and the lyrics speak from the point of view of an angry narrator who has given up on a romance, with the verses: “Go on, take everything, take everything I want you to”, and “I told you from the start, just how this would end / When I get what I want, I never want it again”. The song also explores themes of sexual exploitation at the hands of others and of oneself.
“Violet” peaked at number 29 on the Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks after the album’s release in 1994, and is arguably one of Hole’s most well-known songs. It charted at number 116 on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born list by Blender magazine in 2005.

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And the sky was made of amethyst
And all the stars are just like little fish
You should learn when to go
You should learn how to say no

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  • ForestFloor

    great song

    3 Mar 3:53pm Reply
  • niko-san

    This shoutbox is full of sjw holy shit

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nivse

    You should learn how to say NO!

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • smj555

    sexist idiots, "I think Kurt Cobain wrote this song. Too much beautiful." Courtney's vagina doesn't void her talent, actually shut the fuck up. Yeah, it's possible that a woman can write a good song... how shocking right???? assholes [9]

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Cornucopiaa

    sexist idiots, "I think Kurt Cobain wrote this song. Too much beautiful." Courtney's vagina doesn't void her talent, actually shut the fuck up. Yeah, it's possible that a woman can write a good song... how shocking right???? assholes [8]

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • scottdoesntknow

    This song is perfect in every fucking way possible. It is beautiful and it's mad and it's violent; one of Courtney and company's greatest accomplishments.

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CarolSalt

    sexist idiots, "I think Kurt Cobain wrote this song. Too much beautiful." Courtney's vagina doesn't void her talent, actually shut the fuck up. Yeah, it's possible that a woman can write a good song... how shocking right???? assholes [7]

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Liloucat

    like it :))

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lucaslups

    When they get what they want They never want it again [5] ♥

    28 Jun 2014 Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    YOU SHOULD LEARN HOW TO SAY NO!

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ferjanis

    loved!!!

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • PurplePostRock

    When they get what they want They never want it again [4] ♥

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • JTCorpse

    Better than anything nirvana put out.

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • Lary_Filth

    TAKE EVERYTHING!

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Myza_ellen

    Muuuuuito bom.!!!!

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • krevedko_26

    When they get what they want They never want it again [3]

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Pure-Shit

    sexist idiots, "I think Kurt Cobain wrote this song. Too much beautiful." Courtney's vagina doesn't void her talent, actually shut the fuck up. Yeah, it's possible that a woman can write a good song... how shocking right???? assholes [6]

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
  • RivieraDarling

    ughhhhhhhhh so good

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Up-In-The-Skyy

    sexist idiots, "I think Kurt Cobain wrote this song. Too much beautiful." Courtney's vagina doesn't void her talent, actually shut the fuck up. Yeah, it's possible that a woman can write a good song... how shocking right???? assholes [5]

    19 Jan 2014 Reply
  • whenunderether_

    when I get what I want and then I never want it again <3

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
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