Come as you are

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Come as you are
publication March 2, 1992
length 3:39
Genre (s) Grunge
Author (s) Kurt Cobain
Producer (s) Butch Vig
album Nevermind

Come as You Are is a song by the American rock band Nirvana with lyrics and music by Kurt Cobain . It was released on March 2, 1992 and was the second single from their album Nevermind , which was released in September 1991.


Guitar figure from Nirvana's title Come as You Are (1991, Nevermind )

The single Come as You Are was released on March 2, 1992. In addition to the album version of the song, the single contains the title Endless, Nameless and live recordings of the songs School and Drain You , which were recorded on the occasion of a concert on October 31, 1991 at the Paramount Theater in Seattle . Endless, Nameless is a hidden track at the end of Something in the Way on Nevermind , as is Drain You as an album version. School was released on the debut album Bleach .


The music video shows in different storylines first the performance of the song by Nirvana, then Kurt Cobain swinging on a chandelier, as well as various individual images and scenes (e.g. a revolver, a fertilization and the scene from which the cover of Nevermind was probably created , namely a baby swimming after a dollar bill on a fishing rod).


After the song was released, there was an argument with the English postpunk band Killing Joke . This claimed the main riff of the song came from her single Eighties . According to various reports, the band did not go to court after the death of Kurt Cobain or the case was dismissed before the trial.

Chart successes and awards

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Come as you are
  DE 22nd 03/30/1992 (11 weeks)
  AT 28 04/26/1992 (4 weeks)
  CH 21st 03/29/1992 (10 weeks)
  UK 9 03/14/1992 (5 weeks)
  US 32 03/21/1992 (18 weeks)

Come as You Are entered the German charts at number 43 on March 30, 1992 and two weeks later reached the top position at number 22. In total, the song stayed in the top 100 for eleven weeks. The song was particularly successful in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where it ranked 3rd and 9th, respectively.

Come as You Are was awarded a platinum record in 2019 for over 600,000 units sold in the UK .

Country / Region Award Sales
Awards for music sales
(country / region, Award, Sales)
France (SNEP) France (SNEP) Gold record icon.svg gold 100,000
Italy (FIMI) Italy (FIMI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 50,000
United Kingdom (BPI) United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 600,000
All in all Gold record icon.svg1 × gold
Platinum record icon.svg2 × platinum

Main article: Nirvana / Awards for Music Sales

Other versions

The song was played as an acoustic version ( Unplugged Live Version ) at the MTV Unplugged in New York concert. Another version was released on Live! Tonight! Sold Out !! released. A demo version of the song, recorded at the time with a boom box , was released on the 2005 compilation Sliver: The Best of the Box .


Place name sign at the entrance to Aberdeen (2007)

Aberdeen , Kurt Cobain's hometown, changed its name on town signs in 2005. Since then, travelers have been greeted with the slogan "Welcome to Aberdeen - Come As You Are". This goes back to an initiative of the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee , which wants to create a memorial park and a youth center in the city. This is seen by some as bitter irony, as Cobain expressed his dislike of the city all his life.

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Individual evidence

  1. Release date "Come as You Are"
  2. Chart positions: DE AT CH UK US
  3. Chart tracking Come as You Are on
  4. International chart tracking Come as You Are
  5. UK: platinum