"On a Plain" is a song by American rock band Nirvana. It is the eleventh track on their major label debut, Nevermind (1991), and also saw limited release as a promo-only single.
It was written by Kurt Cobain in 1990. A song about writing a song. Before recording it, Cobain had quickly scribbled a new lyric detailing his writer's block. It was first recorded in the studio on January 1, 1991 by Craig Montgomery in Seattle, Washington. It was debuted live on May 29, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.
"On a Plain" was recorded for Nevermind in May or June 1991 by Butch Vig in North Hollywood. It was released as a promo single in the summer of 1992, and became a moderate hit.
An acoustic version was recorded during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged set on November 18, 1993. This version appears on the band's MTV Unplugged in New York album, released in November 1994. It features Lori Goldston on cello.
A live performance appears on the band's 1994 home video, Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! It was recorded at the Roskilde Festival on June 26, 1992 in Roskilde, Denmark. Another live performance of "On a Plain" from Nirvana's show at the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam on November 25, 1991 appears on the 2006 DVD re-release of Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!. An early 1991 rehearsal of "On a Plain" can be found after the credits have ended on the DVD version of Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!.
A live performance can be found on the 2009 live DVD/CD Live at Reading. Another live performance from 1991 at the Paramount Theatre is included on the video Live at the Paramount, released in 2011.A song about writing a song. Before recording it, Cobain had quickly scribbled a new lyric detailing his writer's block. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.