"Rapture, Blister, Burn": The Play Title, The Song Lyric

The title of Gina Gionfriddo’s play Rapture, Blister, Burn derives from the Hole song “Use Once & Destroy.” A fan of both Courtney Love and her late husband Kurt Cobain, Gionfriddo is heavily influenced by music when she writes. Gionfriddo explained how the song inspired her in an interview with Los Angeles magazine:

“An important way to generate ideas is to pound the pavement listening to my iPod. There are songs that lead to ideas and characters. This was a song I had known for many years, and the chorus kept popping up for me as having relevance to this story.”  —Read more of the article

Listen to the song below and read the lyrics.

Lyrics:

It's the emptiness that follows you down
It's the ache inside when it all burns out
It's poisonous it muscles it aches
It's everything you had when it breaks

It's the emptiness that's all you have left
Too terrified of you frozen breath
It's a bitter mouth it's buttered it's knived
It's the awful truth you fight for your life

It might as well it might as well hurt
It might as well it might as well

I went down to rescue you
I went all the way down
Fill your hungry wretched life
Here they come it's closing time

It's the bitter root it's twisted inside
It's the heart you used to have when it died
It's the emptiness it poisons it lies
It's everything that you'll never find

It might as well it might as well hurt
It might as well it might as well

I went down for the remains
Sort through all your blurs and stains
Take your rapture blister burns
Stand in line it's not your turn

All dressed in red, always the bride
Off with her head, all dressed in white
Off with her head

I went down to rescue you
I went all the way down
I went down for the remains
Sort through all your blurs and stains

Ooh, I will follow you
Anytime, Anywhere
Ooh, when they come for you
Don't say you don't care

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