Nirvana- "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" Samantha Rufener

About Nirvana

Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain, and Dave Grohl.

Nirvana, formed in 1987, was one of the most popular bands of its time, featuring alternative and grunge rock music. The band members included Kurt Cobain (lead vocalist and guitarist), Krist Novoselic (bassist), and Dave Grohl (drummist). Ushering in the era of Alternative music, which took over music in the early 1990's, they were the first band known as "grunge" to accomplish multi-platinum success. The band later disbanded in 1994 after the death of Kurt Cobain. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" is a traditional American folk song, dating back to the 1870's. It has been sung by many artists over time. The identity of the person who wrote the song is unknown. Nirvana performed the song in 1993 and reinterpreted Lead Belly's version.

Meaning behind "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"

  • My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
  • Tell me where did you sleep last night
  • In the pines, in the pines
  • Where the sun don't ever shine
  • I would shiver the whole night through
  • In the pines, in the pines
  • Where the sun don't ever shine
  • I would shiver the whole night through
  • Her husband, was a hard working man
  • Just about a mile from here
  • His head was found in a driving wheel
  • But his body never was found

He is questioning whether or not she slept with her husband because she wasn't home that night. He refers to the women as "his girl," which hints at the fact that she may be having an affair with him. She most likely killed her husband, so she can be with him. The husband's head was found in the wheel of a train. His head was decapitated by the train and his body was nowhere to be found, inferring that maybe it was drug off and eaten by wild animals.

  • My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
  • Tell me where did you sleep last night
  • In the pines, in the pines
  • Where the sun don't ever shine
  • I would shiver the whole night through
  • My girl, my girl, where will you go
  • I'm going where the cold wind blows
  • In the pines, in the pines
  • Where the sun don't ever shine
  • I would shiver the whole night through

He decided to go after her in hope to find her. At this point, he probably isn't aware of the fact that she killed her husband. She hasn't come back home, therefore he has spent many nights alone wondering where it is she went. She makes him feel complete and without her, he feels lost.

  • My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
  • Tell me where did you sleep last night
  • In the pines, in the pines
  • Where the sun don't ever shine
  • I would shiver the whole night through
  • My girl, my girl, where will you go
  • I'm going where the cold wind blows
  • In the pines, in the pines
  • Where the sun don't ever shine
  • I would shiver the whole night through

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