Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah [1996]

Released October 1, 1996
Recorded 1989–1994
Genre Grungepunk rock
Length 53:55
Language English
Label DGC
Producer Shauna O’ Brien, Diane Stata

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah is a live album by the American grunge band, Nirvana. It was released on October 1, 1996 and features live performances recorded from 1989 to 1994. As opposed to Nirvana’s previous live album, MTV Unplugged in New York (1994), which features an acoustic performance, From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah is a compilation of live electric performances.

The album opened at number one on the Billboard 200. It spent 25 weeks on the chart and became the band’s sixth platinumalbum since 1991. As of January 2007, it has sold over 1.2 million copies in the United States alone.

Release

From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah was the second Nirvana album to be released following the death of singer/guitaristKurt Cobain in April 1994. It was compiled primarily by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who also penned the album’s liner notes. Novoselic and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had originally intended on releasing a live album in 1994, to accompany what became MTV Unplugged in New York in a two-disc set originally titled Verse Chorus Verse, named after both a Nirvana song and the most prevalent song structure in the band’s music, but were emotionally unable to compile it so soon after Cobain’s death.[2]

The album’s title refers to the Wishkah River in Aberdeen, Washington, where Cobain claimed to have spent nights sleeping under the Young Street Bridge as a teenager (as referenced in the song “Something in the Way,” from the band’s 1991 release, Nevermind). This claim has since been refuted by Novoselic, who said, “He never lived under that bridge. He hung out there, but you couldn’t live on those muddy banks, with the tide coming up and down. That was his own revisionism.”[3]

No commercial singles were released from the album, but promotional singles were sent out for radio play for a number of the songs, including “Aneurysm” (U.S.U.K., and Australia), “Drain You” (U.S.), “Lithium” (the Netherlands), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Spain and France), “Heart-Shaped Box” (Australia), and “Polly” (Australia).

“Aneurysm” from the 1994 home video Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! and “Drain You” from the MTV Live and Loud performance on December 13, 1993 in Seattle, Washingtonwere used as music videos to promote the album, but are different from the versions used on the album.[4]

A limited edition (3000 copies) box set containing the “Aneurysm”, “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Polly” promo singles was released in Australia. The box set also includedNevermind: It’s an Interview, a promotional interview disc first released in 1992.

Reception

Critical reception of the album was generally positive. It was rated #9 in Rolling Stone’s 1997 critics’ poll of the top 10 albums of 1996,[8] and #14 in Spin’s Best Albums of 1996.[citation needed]

Lorraine Ali of Rolling Stone described the album as the “emotional, visceral flip side” of MTV Unplugged in New York, and as “riotous and liberating,” showing the band “in their most natural state, smashing instruments and inducing irreversible tinnitus.”[9] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called it “a little scattershot” but “still a terrific record” which “finds a great band in top form.”[10] American music critic Robert Christgau wrote, “I play Unplugged to refresh my memory of a sojourner’s spirituality. I’ll play this one when I want to remember a band’s guts, fury, and rock and roll music.”[11]

Track listing

Lyrics

Intro

Kurt Screaming….

School

(x4)
Won’t you believe it
It’s just my luck

(x3)
No recess

(x4)
Won’t you believe it
It’s just my luck

(x3)
No recess

(x8)
You’re in that school again

(x7)
No recess

Drain You

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
A travel through a tube
And end up in your infection

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
I like you

With eyes so dialated,
I’ve become your pupil
You’ve taught me everything
Without a poison apple
The water is so yellow, I’m a healthy student
Indebted and so grateful –
Vacuum out the fluids

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
I like you

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
A travel through a tube
And end up in your infection

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
Sloppy lips to lips
You’re my vitamins
I’m like you

Aneurysm

Come on over and do the twist
Overdo it and have a fit
Love you so much it makes me sick
Come on over and do the twist

Beat me outta me (x8)

Come on over and do the twist
Over-do it and have a fit
Love you so much it makes me sick
Come on over and shoot the shit

Beat me outta me (x8)

She keeps it pumpin’ straight to my heart (x8)

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Load up on guns and bring your friends
It’s fun to lose and to pretend
She’s over bored and self assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word

Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My libido
Yay!
Hey (x2)

I’m worse at what I do best
And for this gift I feel blessed
Our little tribe has always been
And always will until the end

Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My Libido
Yay!
Hey (x3)

And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard, it was hard to find
Oh well, whatever, nevermind

Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My libido
A denial !! (x9)

Been a son

– One, Two, Three, Four!

She should have stayed away from friends
She should have had more time to spend
She should have died when she was born
She should have worn the crown of thorns
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son

She should have stood out in the crowd
She should have made her mother proud
She should have fallen on her stance
She should have had another chance

(x2)
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son

She should have stayed away from friends
She should have had more time to spend
She should have died when she was born
She should have worn the crown of thorns
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son
She should have – been a son

Lithium

I’m so happy ’cause today
I’ve found my friends …
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly, but that’s okay, ’cause so are you …
We’ve broken our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care …
And I’m not scared
Light my candles, in a daze
‘Cause I’ve found god

Hey, hey hey (x6)

I’m so happy ’cause today
I shaved my head …
And I’m not sad
And just maybe I’m to blame for all I’ve heard …
But I’m not sure
I’m so excited, I can’t wait to meet you there …
But I don’t care
I’m so horny, but that’s okay …
My will is good

Hey, hey hey (x6)

I like it – I’m not gonna crack
I miss you – I’m not gonna crack
I love you – I’m not gonna crack
I love you – I’m not gonna crack
I like it – I’m not gonna crack
I miss you – I’m not gonna crack
I love you – I’m not gonna crack
I killed you – I’m not gonna crack

I’m so happy ’cause today
I’ve found my friends …
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly, but that’s okay, ’cause so are you …
We’ve broken our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care …
And I’m not scared
Light my candles in a daze …
‘Cause I’ve found god

Hey, hey hey (x6)
Yeah!

I like it – I’m not gonna crack
I miss you – I’m not gonna crack
I love you – I’m not gonna crack
I miss you – I’m not gonna crack
I like it – I’m not gonna crack
I miss you – I’m not gonna crack
I love you – I’m not gonna crack
I killed you – I’m not gonna crack

Sliver

Mom and dad went to a show
They dropped me off at Grandpa Joe’s
I kicked and screamed, said please, don’t go

Grandma take me home (x7)
Wanna be alone

Had to eat my dinner there
Mashed potatos and stuff like that
I couldn’t chew my meat too good

Grandma take me home (x7)
Wanna be alone

Said, well, don’t you start your crying (Sit right down, just stop your cryin ?)
Go outside and ride your bike
Thats what I did, I killed my toad

Grandma take me home (x7)
Wanna be alone

After dinner, I had ice cream
I fell asleep, and watched TV
I woke up in my mother’s arms

Grandma take me home (x14)
I wanna be alone

Spank Thru

This song is … (I can’t make out what the hell he is saying exactly here)
And the little light in the trees
And all the flowers have gingivitis
And the birds fly happily
We’re together once again my love
I need you back, oh baby baby

I can’t explain just why we lost it from the start
Living without you girl, you only break my heart … Yeah!

I can feel it, I can hold it, I can pin it, shape it, mold it,
I can cut it, I can taste it, spank it
Beat it ’till you … Ah, wait here

I’ve been looking for day glow (It certainly doesn’t sound like “Days now”)
Always hearing the same ol’
City boy won’t you spank thru?
I can make you do things you won’t think you ever could

I can feel it, I can hold it, pin it, shape it, mold it,
We can cut it, We can taste it, spank it
Beat it ’till you … Ah, wait here

I been looking for day glow
Always hearing the same ol’
City boy won’t you spank thru?
I can make you do things you won’t think you ever could

I been looking for day glow
Always hearing the same ol’
City boy won’t you spank thru?
I can make you do things you won’t think you ever could
you won’t think you ever could

Scentless Apprentice

Like most babies smell like butter
his smell smelled like no other
he was born scentless and senseless
he was born a scentless apprentice

Go away – get away, get a-way

Every wet nurse refused to feed him
electrolytes smell like semen
I promise not to sell your perfumed secrets
there are countless formulas for pressing flowers

Go away – get away, get a-way

I lie in the soll and fertilize mushrooms
Leaking out gas fumes are made into perfume
You can’t fire me because I quit!
Throw me in the fire and I won’t throw a fit

Go away – get away, get away, get away, away, away, a-way

Heart-Shaped Box

She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak
I’ve been locked inside your Heart-Shaped box for a week
I’ve been drawn into your magnet tar-pit trap
I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn back

Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Your advice

Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet
Cut myself on angel’s hair and baby’s breath
Broken hymen of your highness I’m left black
Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back

Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Your advice

She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak
I’ve been locked inside your Heart-Shaped box for weeks
I’ve been drawn into your magnet tar-pit trap
I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn back

Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey! Wait!
I’ve got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice

Your advice (x3)

Milk It

I am my own parasite
I don’t need a host to live
We feed off of each other
We can share our endorphins

Doll steak!
Test meat!

Look on the bright side is suicide
Lost eyesight I’m on your side
Angel left wing, right wing, broken wing
Lack of iron and/or sleeping

I own my own pet virus
I get to pet and name her
Her milk is my shit
My shit it is her milk

Doll steak!
Test meat!

Look on the bright side is suicide
Lost eyesight I’m on your side
Angel left wing, right wing, broken wing
Lack of iron and/or sleeping

Doll steak!
Test meat!

Look on the bright side is suicide
Lost eyesight I’m on your side
Angel left wing, right wing, broken wing
Lack of iron and/or sleeping

Protector of the kennel
Ecto-plasma, Ecto-skeletal
Obituary every birthday
Your scent is still here in my place of recovery!

Negative Creep

This is out of our reach
out of our reach (x2)
and it’s gone

This is getting to be
getting to be (x2)
a drone

Negative creep (x3)
and I’m stoned!

Negative creep (x3)
and I’m …

Daddy’s little girl ain’t a girl no more (x4)

Out of our reach (x3)
and it’s gone

Getting to be (x3)
a drone

Negative creep (x3)
and I’m stoned!

Negative creep (x3)
and I’m …

Daddy’s little girl ain’t a girl no more (x4)

Daddy’s little girl ain’t a girl no more (x8)

Polly

Polly wants a cracker
I think I should get off her first
I think she wants some water
To put out the blow torch

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself

Polly wants a cracker
Maybe she would like some food
She asks me to untie her
A chase would be nice for a few

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself

Polly said

Polly says her back hurts
She’s just as bored as me
She caught me off my guard
It amazes me, the will of instinct

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Want me take a ride
Don’t cut yourself
I want some help
To please myself

Breed

I don’t care (x5)
Care if I’m old
I don’t mind (x5)
Mind, don’t have a mind
Get away (x4)
Away, away from your home
I’m afraid (x5)
Afraid …

Even if you have
Even if you need
I don’t mean to stare
We don’t have to breed
We could plant a house
We could build a tree
I don’t even care
We could have all three
She said (x8)

Away, away from your home
I’m afraid (x5)
I don’t mind (x5)
Mind, don’t have a mind
Away, away from your home
I’m afraid (x5)
I don’t mind (x5)
Mind, don’t have a mind

Even if you have
Even if you need
I don’t mean to stare
We don’t have to breed
We can plant a house
We can build a tree
I don’t even care
We could have all three
She said (x8)

Even if you have
Even if you need
I don’t mean to stare
We don’t have to breed
We can plant a house
We can build a tree
I don’t even care
We could have all three
She said (x12)

Tourette’s – The Eagle Has Landed

– Hey bootleggers!
So, this is a new song and we don’t really feel like ..
actually going through the trouble of putting it out ourselves, so …
– This song is called “The Eagle has Landed” !
Yeah, and its for all of you bootleggers to go ahead and go !

Try to find something fast, in my eyes
Oh no, that’s ok, phone home
Everthing tastes the same, in my eyes
Every day, every taste, in my eyes

Hey! (x3)

Every time it’s in his chin, in my eyes
Everything Tennesees, phone home
Bring it down, at the town, in my eyes
Bring it in, set it’s in, in my eyes

Hey! (x3)

Try it’s sound, something found, it ain’t us
Round down, at the town, go home
Round down, something in, mean us
Every taste, something fake, gross

Hey! (x3)

Take …
Mean heart …
Mean hearts …(x3)

Here is an alternate version of the lyrics to the song …

Down down such a fast, in my eyes
Won’t ever let you down, flown home
Granted to your sense of sound, oh my eyes
You and me it contains, my heart

Hey! (x3)

Go dark sound check, my eyes
Everything teddy sees, is all wrong
Burnin’ down half the town, and my house
Entertaining suicide, well my heart

Hey! (x3)

Jonestown such a frown, see yours
Riddle meal left the town, or go home
Rarin’ round such a day, for me uh ..
Hitch a train to Santa Fe, or go horse

Hey! (x3)

Take …
Mean horse …
Mean horse …(x3)

Blew

– Thank you for your patience!

If you wouldn’t mind I would like to blew
If you wouldn’t care I would like to blew
If you wouldn’t mind I would like to leave
If you wouldn’t care I would like to breathe

Is there another reason for your stain
Could you believe who we knew was stress or strain?
Here is another word that rhymes with shame

If you wouldn’t mind I would like to blew
If you wouldn’t care I would like to blew
If you wouldn’t mind I would like to leave
If you wouldn’t care I would like to breathe

(x2)
Is there another reason for your stain
Could you believe who we knew was stress or strain?
Here is another word that rhymes with shame

(x8)
You could do anything

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