“Serve The Servants” was the first track on Nirvana’s In Utero, the third and final studio album released by the band in 1993. Nirvana broke into the mainstream in 1991 with its first major-label album Nevermind. Despite the commercial success, all three members of the grunge band – singer Kurt Cobain, drummer Dave Grohl, and bassist Krist Novocelic – were said to be unhappy with the“polished” sound and wanted to return to their grittier roots. Cobain didn’t hold back while writing the lyrics of the album, expressing anger at the media with songs like“Rape Me.”
The opening lines of“Serve The Servants” hint at Cobain’s state of mind after finding stardom: “Teenage angst has paid off well / Now I’m bored and old.” The serpent illustration is said to have been done by Cobain, who was found dead by suicide only one year afterIn Uterowas released.