Drain You
Supervision Recommended
Released 1991
Genre Grunge
Language English
Source Rock Band 2
also in Unplugged
Available September 14, 2008
Playable in
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
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Basic Pro
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Male singer
Guitar Solo
2-part Harmonies

Drain You is a song by Nirvana

Interpretation #1: Like most of the songs on the album Nevermind, this is about Kurt Cobain's life in and around Olympia, Washington. At the time he was seeing a girl named Tobi Vail of the band Bikini Kill and the line, "It is now my duty to completely drain you" was a phrase she said to Kurt and the time of their breakup. It's unclear whether she broke up with him or vice versa. (thanks, Mark - Minneota, MN)

Interpretation #2: This is about Kurt Cobain's struggle with heroin:

  • "I travel through a tube and end up in your infection" - The infection is the unreal world of heroin and the tube is simply the needle.
  • "In a passionate kiss, from my mouth to yours" - The first "mouth" is the mouth of the needle. The second mouth is Kurt's vein, which is how the heroin is feeding him.
  • "You're my vitamins" - Heroin was all he needed. (thanks, kennon brooks - Orlando, FL)

The band used a rubber duck, chains, and an aerosol can instead of guitars for the bridge. (thanks, bonnie - islip, NY)

This was one of Kurt Cobain's favorite songs (along with "Aneurysm," one his favorites to play live) but he didn't think it would fit as a Nirvana song and considered recording it as part of a side project called The Retards. (thanks, bbb - brook park, United States and Jared - North Smithfield, RI)


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