Being the offspring of one rock icon is hard enough if you have any musical aspirations. But being the daughter of two of grunge’s biggest names? That doesn’t seem to be slowing Frances Bean Cobain down. The only offspring of late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain and Hole leader Courtney Love has mostly tried her hand at painting and modeling over the past few years, with the occasional dip into covering beloved songs by Jimmy Eat World or Leonard Cohen.
But early Thursday morning (Apr. 5) — the 24th anniversary of her father’s death — the 24 year-old shared her first original song with the world via Instagram and the results prove that the songwriting apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Singing in a powerfully soulful a cappella, Cobain lets it rip on lyrics about crucifixion, Jesus, pain and feeling trapped, subjects that aren’t far from her late father’s tortured bailiwick. “I think I saw you when I was small/ I think I found you/ A penny for your good thoughts/ I think I found you/ Jesus hangs in your place on the cross/ All these hinges became unscrewed/ Heaven knows it was a cage on earth,” she sings.
Cobain described the origin of the song and the lack of instrumentation in the clip in a caption. “A) there are so many memeable moments in this clip B) I’m SUPER restless because i can’t play guitar with long nails so I’m just sitting in my room alone singin to mah self,” she wrote. “C) not having a TV in my house is the best decision because I’m forced to occupy my time with things that feed my brain & soul instead of wasting energy on thinking about not having to think — —- (p.s. pls don’t steal my baby bean of an idea. Thanks.)”
According to Consequence of Sound the untitled song features another verse not seen in the video in which Cobain sings, “Stable sable sold her heart/ No one asks her why she hides in a basket in her house in a box/ Find a fiend who reigns supreme in May/ Fast enough for blooming buds to lay their egg.”
Watch the clip below.
by Gil Kaufman