Come as you are, as you were
As I want you to be
As a friend, as a friend
As a known enemy

from Nirvana – Come As You Are Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A classic statement of grunge indifference—Kurt admonishes us to present ourselves “as we are” as opposed to with a pose, while at the same time allowing that the particular quality of our self-presentation might entail a variety of self-representations—as a “friend” or as an “old enemy”—the important thing is to have your presence align with your being, to be a lover or a hater explicitly and to sacrifice nothing to the idea of “image.”

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