Kurt Cobain was a huge fan of R.E.M. and was supposed to do a project with Michael Stipe shortly before his death. It has also been revealed that R.E.M.’s “Automatic For The People” album was in Kurt’s stereo when they discovered his body. Kurt listened to the album so much he wanted Nirvana’s music to head into that direction.
Coincidently, the song “Everybody Hurts” was R.E.M.’s reaction to an epidemic of suicides among young people. Drummer Bill Berry did most of the songwriting for the track and its lyrics were aimed toward teenagers in an attempt to give them an alternative to suicide.
When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on
Don’t let yourself go, ’cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes
Sometimes everything is wrong. Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone, (hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go, (hold on)
When you think you’ve had too much of this life, well hang on
‘Cause everybody hurts. Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand. Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, you are not alone
If you’re on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on
Well, everybody hurts sometimes,
Everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes. So, hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts. You are not alone
After Cobain’s death Courtney Love gave Peter Buck one of Kurt’s Jagstang Guitars.
Want to know where that star on the R.E.M.’s “Automatic For The People” came from???