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Old 08-14-2019, 05:45 AM
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I, for one, consider listening to the electric version of the song to be the better way to understand its meaning. It's essentially grunge before there was a word to describe it, and it's my understanding that it was born out of Young's feeling that his generation was fading into irrelevance, the hippy dream was dead, and that it was the rockers who died young that'd be better remembered than those who'd lived on like himself.

I mean, it's no coincidence that a certain suicide note concluded thusly;

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kurt Cobain
Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I'm too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away.