Charles R. Cross, author of the new book "Here We Are Now: The Legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana," made an eye-opening discovery at his March 20 reading in Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Wash.: the possible origin of a famous Cobain tune. A local resident brought to the reading a 1940s ad for Aberdeen's Morck Hotel, whose motto was "Come As You Are." Says Cross, "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."
After a fight with his mother at 17, Cobain left home and spent about four months sneaking into buildings around Aberdeen to sleep, sometimes unscrewing a lightbulb to darken a hallway, unrolling his bedroll, then stealing away in the morning before residents woke up. He immortalized this period in his song "Something in the Way," which expressed his feeling of being an outsider, in everyone's way, unloved and abandoned by his family.