"Polly" is the sixth track off of Nirvana's second album, Nevermind. It was written by Kurt Cobain. It is one of the shortest songs on the album, and is the ending to the album's A-side. Despite being released in 1991, Polly was not released as a single until 1994 for a promotional release to support Nirvana's live album MTV Unplugged in New York.
Music and Lyrics Edit
"Polly" is an acoustic rock song sung in a mellow manner by Kurt Cobain with backing vocals by Krist Novoselic and cymbals played by ex-drummer of the band Chad Channing. The lyrics center around the true story of a 14-year-old girl who was raped by the infamous serial rapist Gerald Friend, who tied her upside-down and tortured her with a blowtorch. Kurt Cobain read about the incident in 1987. Ironically, the song is sung from Gerald's perspective, and Cobain added a story element in which the girl fooled the rapist into thinking she was having fun, allowing her to escape once Gerald Friend let his guard down.
"Polly" was ranked number 29 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 102 Nirvana songs, and number 18 on NME's list of Top 20 Nirvana Songs. However, the song is also considered to be one of the weaker tracks on Nevermind.
- A faster punk version was recorded by Nirvana for the Incesticide compilation.