"Something in the Way" is a song by American rock band Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain. It is the 12th and final song on their 1991 album Nevermind (not counting the secret track included on most CD editions of the album, "Endless, Nameless").
"Something in the Way" was originally believed to be based on a period when Cobain was supposedly homeless and slept underneath a bridge in his native town, Aberdeen, Washington. This myth, started by Cobain, was refuted in 2001 with the publication of the biography Heavier Than Heaven by Charles Cross, who pointed out that if Cobain really had spent nights underneath the bridge mentioned in the song, he would have been in danger of being swept away by the high tide waters of the Wishkah River. According to Heavier Than Heaven, Cobain was indeed homeless at times as a teenager, but spent this time sleeping at the houses of his friends, where he also left his possessions in cardboard boxes. He also allegedly slept in waiting rooms of hospitals in the town. However, Cobain did spend time under the bridge. In Heavier Than Heaven, both Novoselic and Kurt's sister Kim Cobain confirmed that while it was unlikely that Kurt slept there, it was a popular recreation area for local teenagers, probably including Kurt.
Cobain himself suggested that the song wasn't necessarily autobiographical, telling Michael Azerrad that the song was "like if I was living under the bridge and I was dying of AIDS, if I was sick and I couldn't move and I was a total street person. That was kind of the fantasy of it".
In Azzerad's 1993 biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, Cobain claimed that he used to fish from the Wishkah River, which may have inspired the lyric, 'Its okay to eat fish, 'cause they don't have any feelings'.
In 2015, Rolling Stone listed the song at number five on their ranking of 102 Nirvana songs. In 2019, The Guardian placed it at number 12 in their list of Nirvana's 20 greatest songs.
In 2017, to mark what would have been Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday, the Phonographic Performance Limited released a list of the top twenty most played Nirvana songs on the TV and radio in the UK in which "Something in the Way" was ranked at number seventeen.
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