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Song: Polly nirvana

Artist: Nirvana

Album: Nevermind

Release date: September 24, 1991

Why this song was chosen: Polly was a huge song in the 90’s and is still popular with many people today. It speaks from the point of view of a girl named Polly, who may or may not be the girl’s real name. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana wrote the song after reading a newspaper article about the abduction, torture and rape in June 1987 of a 14-year-old girl by Gerald Arthur Friend; Friend had picked her up near the Tacoma Dome in his car after she had attended a rock concert. She was able to earn his trust and sympathy by convincing him she enjoyed it. She managed to escape when he stopped for gas. She got out of the vehicle and made a scene attracting attention from surrounding people. Friend was arrested a day later and is serving two consecutive 75 year terms. (Source: Wikipedia and Wikipedia)

What the artist has to say about the song: Polly was recorded for several live and studio albums. On Incesticide, Nirvana’s compilation album, a version of the song Polly was listed as (New Wave) Polly and features a full band lineup as opposed to simply acoustic guitar and vocals. The liner notes of Incesticide feature a handwritten note from Kurt Cobain. He ends the note by writing “Last year, a girl was rapped by two wastes of sperm and eggs while they sang the lyrics to our song “Polly.” I have a hard time carrying on knowing there are plankton like that in our audience. Sorry to be so anally P.C. but that’s the way I feel.” (Source: Incesticide liner notes)

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