Talk:Rape Me

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Request for lyrics[edit]

adding the lyrics with specific passages highlighted might be useful here. if we can get away with that? Alkivar 03:56, 20 Oct 2004 (UTC)

What are the lyrics, anyway? I don't want to do a Google search, 'cause . . . you know . . . BBQ ASL 06:37, 1 Jan 2005 (UTC)
[1] Everyking 07:07, 1 Jan 2005 (UTC) is a good source. Adding lyrics is a copyright violation for the most part. The only way it would be acceptable I think is if a source makes specific reference to the meaning of a line etc. -- Reaper X 19:14, 21 February 2008 (UTC)


In what way was this song not released as a single? I seem to have a CD-single here which is All Apologies/Rape Me. 08:15, 10 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Rape Me was Not the B-Side. Officially the single was a double A-Side. In fact every copy of the single released in every country lists Rape Me as an A-side aswell, the Artwork may differ slightly from country to country. So as far as the commercial single is concerned All Apologies and Rape Me were both A-Sides and Moist Vagina the B-Side. Promo singles may be different though. This was followed through, if you check for Nirvana singles it lists the hit as All Apologies/Rape Me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 18:52, 6 September 2005


I removed the line "A sort of poetic justice, where a guy rapes a girl, ends up in jail, and gets raped there." [2]" because i'm pretty sure the author is confusing "Rape Me" with "Date Rape" by Sublime. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 01:06, 25 October 2005


Whoever said this song was about actually being raped is very misinformed. The song is clearly about heroin. And where wrote "you always stink and burn" should read stick and burn". This song is about heroin nothing else. Chuck Page — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 05:48, 14 March 2006

Absolutely not. — Preceding unsigned comment added by BauerPower (talkcontribs) 19:47, 22 May 2007

-Kurt himself said it was an "anti-rape" song. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 04:08, 7 July 2006

Yeah, it's definitely about heroin ¬_¬ NOT — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 19:48, 2 December 2006

Delete covers section?[edit]

The fact that this song was covered by some cover band seems very insignificant. I think that that bit should be removed from the article. -D — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 21:34, 29 July 2006

Cobain's explanation for the song[edit]

He said it was a song of poetic justice, in which a man rapes a woman, is sent to jail, and ends up being raped there himself

Is it just me, or does it sound like Cobain was BSing the interviewer? (Assuming he really did say that.) I've examined the lyrics myself, and there is no way you could possibly infer that the song is about rape as poetic justice. (In contrast, Sublime's song "Date Rape" is pretty transparent in having precisely that meaning.) I'm not sure what the song does mean, but the lyrics never suggest that the setting is a prison. The lyrics don't really give any context whatsoever to the "rape" that's supposedly taking place. In fact, it sounds like what the narrator is describing isn't really rape at all but rather sadomasochism. Look at the title, for goodness sake: it's called "Rape me," not "Don't rape me"! We need not assume that the lyrics are even meant to be taken literally. You could easily read the song as an expression of nihilistic depression (a common theme in Cobain's songs). The "rape" could be a metaphor for drugs, the media, or just about anything. marbeh raglaim 01:21, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

I have a feeling that a 'lot' of what Kobain said in interviews should be taken with a grain of salt. It's understandable that he didn't like the way people try to pull apart the meaning of lyrics that are probably written with a lot of emotional weight and not a lot of intellectual forethought (such is the nature of art). A lot of what he says about his lyrics seems to contradict other things he says to different interviewers. I don't think he cared what people thought of his lyrics. (talk) 19:27, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

smells like a teen spirit[edit]

has anyone realised this has the same start as teen spirit? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 09:18, 25 March 2007

It's similar, yes. Rape Me chords go A5, C#5, E5, Gsus4. SLTS is F5, A#5, G#5, C#5. I guess there is just little variation in sound with power chords. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 18:20, 22 April 2007

Removed Citation Request[edit]

On line 44 in the Controversy section I removed the citation request as I don't see it being necessary. I recall as a 10 year old seeing the back of the album cover state "Waif Me" at a Wal-Mart store. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coffee and TV (talkcontribs) 17:45, 20 August 2007‎

Fair use rationale for Image:AllApologiesNew.jpg[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 05:40, 2 January 2008 (UTC)


10 minutes, the length apparently, unless I'm crazy the song is not ten minutes long but its been there forever so I'm not sure why that's there. TostitosAreGross (talk) 23:25, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Fuck it, I'm not going through due process for this one, the In Utero page says 2:49 so I'm changing it to that. I can't believe you guys let that slip for so long. TostitosAreGross (talk) 23:27, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

I felt I had to edit the section about the song's planned music video. It makes it pretty clear in the journals that it was to be set in a male prison - not a women's one, and goes on to describe the type of criminals Kurt wanted shown. (talk) 17:01, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Song meaning[edit]

Proposal for the "meanings" section: At the time it was recorded, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain lost the guidance for their daughter Frances Bean Cobain and again in 2003. So, the song title could also refer to the people who took their daughter away from him. See article for verification. Saemikneu (talk) 02:24, 20 August 2014 (UTC)