Nirvhanna: Are These Nirvana Lyrics or Rihanna Lyrics?

It's harder than you think...

Today would have been Kurt Cobain's 46th birthday, but you already know that because duh the Internet. In a delicious/nauseating twist of cosmic irony, Rihanna is also celebrating a birthday today. This unfortunate confluence begs the question, "How can we combine these two news tidbits into one cohesive, batshit insane post?" The obvious answer: turn it into a game.

The rules are simple: Below, we've compiled 10 lyrics. Your job is to guess whether the lyrics were penned by Cobain or one of Rihanna's flying monkeys. It's harder than you think. Don't cheat (we'll know) and click here when you're done for answers.


Would you believe me when I tell you,
You are the [redacted] of my heart?
Please don't deceive me when I hurt you,
Just ain't the way it seems.

Nirvana - "Love Buzz"

I'm still waiting, come through the door.
I'm killing time, you know, bleaching your clothes.

Rihanna - "Breakin' Dishes"

Daddy's little girl ain't a girl no more.

Nirvana - "Negative Creep"

You're gonna be in the emergency room,
I'm standing by your bed,
And so tempted to pull out your IV.
You're gonna be in the emergency room,
I'm fighting with myself.
I can't hurt you even though you hurt me.


Rihanna - "Emergency Room"

I was your mind, you were my, my enemy.
You were mine, I was your, your enemy.


Nirvana - "Hairspray Queen"

Endless climb,
I am blind.
Why can't I leave?
Color blind,
Speaking a phrase.
Instantly grown,
I am blind.
Waiting in line.

Nirvana - "Big Long Now"

I'm going numb, I'm going numb.
I'm going numb, I'm going numb.
I'm going numb, I'm going numb.
I'm going numb, I'm going numb.
I'm going numb, I'm going numb.


Rihanna - "Numb"

All my life on my head,
Don't want to think about it.
Feels like I'm going insane.

Rihanna - "Disturbia"

She should have stayed away from friends.
She should have had more time to spend.
She should have died when she was born.
She should have worn the crown of thorns.


Not everybody knows how to work my body,
Knows how to make me want it,
But boy you stay up on it.

Sasha Hecht spent way too much time on this. She also spends way too much time on Twitter - @sashahecht