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83. "Old Age"

"Old Age" made its first public appearance in 1993 as the B-side to Hole's "Beautiful Son" single and re-appeared on the "Violet" single two years later – credited to Courtney Love as its sole author. But the song was persistently rumored to have Cobain's hand in it somewhere. "That's a Nirvana song. Kurt wrote that song," Novoselic told The Stranger in 1998, and indeed, With the Lights Out included Nirvana's Nevermind-era recording of the song (albeit with almost entirely different words). Still, their version is half-formed – it's the only known original song from that era that the band never played live, and Kurt seemed uncertain of the lyrics he was mumbling. DOUGLAS WOLK