It's better to burn out than to fade away
“My my, hey hey
Rock and roll is here to stay
It’s better to burn out
Than to fade away
My my, hey hey.”
Neil Young is a Nirvana fan and it is rumored that he was trying to get in touch with Cobain shortly before his suicide. Young’s album and song Sleeps With Angels were released a few months later and are widely believed to be a response of sorts to Cobain’s suicide and note. Young refuses to comment much on this theory, saying only variations on this exchange from a 1995 interview with MOJO:
Q. Sleeps With Angels seems deeply haunted by the spectre of Kurt Cobain and his sad end…
A. Sleeps With Angels has a lot of overtones to it, from different situations that were described in it. A lot of sad scenes (pause), I’ve never really spoken about why I made that album. I don’t want to start now.
Q. Has it anything to do with the similarity of Kurt Cobain’s death to Crazy Horse Danny Whitten’s death in 1972? They both looked so much alike…
A. I just don’t want to talk about that. That’s my decision. I’ve made a choice not to talk about it and I’m sticking to it.
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