Nirvana song ‘Come As You Are’ linked to 1940s hotel advertisement

Local resident reveals 1940 advert for the Morck Hotel with same phrase used by Cobain in 1992 track

A local resident in Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington has suggested that the title of Nirvana‘s song ‘Come As You Are’ may have been inspired by a local hotel advertisment.

Author Charles R Cross tells The Hollywood Reporter that during a recent reading of his new book Here We Are Now: The Legacy of Kurt Cobain in Aberdeen he was tipped off about an advert from the 1940s for the Morck Hotel, which ends with the phrase “Come as you are.”

“The Morck has been dilapidated for years, but it was one of the many places in Aberdeen where Kurt’s friends told me he crashed during his ‘homeless’ teenage era,” Cross said. “Whether Kurt directly took something from that or whether it simply stayed in his subconscious a few years later when he wrote the song, is unknown, but it’s a fascinating twist, and perhaps an explanation of the genesis of the title of one of Nirvana’s greatest songs.”

This marks the latest in a series of Kurt Cobain related stories circulating around the 20th anniversary of his death in 1994. Last week Seattle Police released 35 new photos of Cobain’s death scene in the run up to the anniversary.

A recent re-investigation into the suicide of the Nirvana legend almost 20 years ago discovered previously undeveloped photos taken at the scene, but no new evidence that changed the original findings. In an attempt to stifle the many conspiracy theories surrounding the singer’s death, the department decided to release the newly developed photos.