Drain You (3:44)

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From Nevermind and 336 other releases

“Drain You” is a song by American rock band Nirvana, and the eighth track from the band’s 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind.

According to Nevermind producer Butch Vig on the Classic Albums: Nevermind DVD, “Drain You” had more guitar overdubs than any other song on the album: one clean track and five distorted tracks. Cobain tended to dislike heavily overdubbed songs, and so Vig had to tell Cobain lies, such as that tracks did not record right or were out of tune, in order to get him to do so many takes. Some of the strange noises during the middle section of the song are caused by children’s toys Cobain brought into the studio. In his biography of Kurt Cobain Heavier than Heaven, biographer Charles Cross wrote, “When Kurt was questioned about the song he said he had made a lot of it up on the spot but that the first line…was particularly important to the interpretation of the song…”

On the Nevermind version, Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic tuned their instruments a whole step down. In concert, however, “Drain You” was generally played in whatever tuning the band was using throughout the rest of the concert — generally standard tuning in earlier concerts (prior to the 1992 Pacific Rim tour in support of Nevermind) and half-step-down in later concerts. The song’s verse is based around a conventional chord progression of four power chords B, D#, G#, C#, the riff (F#)- E -C# for the choruses, and a chorus ending of B, A, G#.


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One baby to another says, "I'm lucky to have met you"
I don't care what you think unless it is about me
It is now my duty to completely drain you
I travel through a tube and end up in your infection

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  • Confessions87

    Vacuum up the fluids.

    7 Mar 9:07pm Reply
  • natalielala

    If I could marry this song, I would <3

    21 Feb 12:23pm Reply
  • Sarinijha

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • djcoolak

    To associate in the understanding of God still have \\Everyone needs personally to begin with a\\ .We ALL in the Universe with him\\Internal feeling -3 Eyes\\IMAGE/ \\ -cool as you like - but this Way which WE Reasonably can create and change with each new Universe , filling the Image .- THE ONE GOD. This is What infinity remains for eternity.The Main FORCE of the Universe moves ALL of Us and ONLY in order to create an IMAGE of GOD\\-a Positive Experience HAPPINESS, LOVE and BLISS. Dice has long played \\Einstein\\ . CHILDREN \\the Lord and the Devil\\-it's time to Play GOLF.The RECIPE is -\\LAND\\. The ways of the Lord ispovedimyi - let there BE GOD.HELP ME IN THIS-and in the end, ALL of US. Hint - always go to the Light \\find the original angel\\ be closer to Nature\\ " WE are One.Only ONE condition-NO VIOLENCE.And then OUR single favorite GOD\\thank\\

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    I don't care what you think unless it is about me

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • adriannoise

    minuto 2.00me recuerda siempre a sonic youth es genial

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    my favorite song in middle school :) Makes me happy every time I hear it!

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • SthefanyBianca

    Chew your meat for you, pass it back and forth, In a passionate kiss from my mouth to yours, 'Cause I like you ♥

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ab0ut-blank

    With eyes so dialated, I've become your pupil / You taught me everything about a poison apple. [2]

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • alleseter

    My favorite Nirvana track!

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Superdgisus

    They summoned the spirit of Kurt Cobain and he sang the song "I love myself and I want to live" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqtscqFZXy8

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song ♥♥♥

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • xhopeboone

    Chew meat for you pass it back in fourth from my mouth to yours...I like you

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MichaelGirasAss

    I like you

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • KommisarK

    With eyes so dialated, I've become your pupil/You taught me everything about a poison apple.

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Toocka16

    "It is now my duty to completely Drain you"

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • agnessilvap

    One of the best Nirvana songs. [2]

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
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    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ricardonald

    The best song of Nevermind [+1]

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    This and On a Plain might just be my favourite Nevermind songs.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
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