Kurt Cobain Suicide Note Emotionally Struck Neil Young
"It's better to burn out than to fade away" may be one of Neil Young's most quotable lyrics, but the singer says that he's still haunted by the fact that the 'Hey Hey, My My' quip resonated so much with Kurt Cobain that the late Nirvana singer quoted it in his suicide note.
Young says in his 'Waging Heavy Peace' book, "When he died and left that note, it struck a deep chord inside of me. It f---ed with me." Young, who many had nicknamed the "Godfather of Grunge" not only for his look but his songs, said he had tried to reach out to the vocalist prior to his death in order to talk to him about his issues.
The singer says, "I wanted to talk to him. Tell him only to play when he felt like it." The fact that they never got to speak affected Young, but hearing his lyric quoted back in the note took his regret to a whole new level. Young channeled his feelings into the 'Sleeps With Angels' title track in 1994.
Young, who had his own issues with drink and drugs, revealed earlier this month that he had given up alcohol and smoking marijuana. It's been a productive year for the singer, who issued the 'Americana' album earlier this year, has the 'Psychedelic Pill' disc arriving at the end of October, and also has the 'Waging Heavy Peace' autobiography on the horizon.