|My Dream Girl Don't Exist
An early unreleased song, "My Dream Girl Don't Exist" is very popular with NMH fans despite the fact that it really only exists in the form of a single live bootleg. It was also featured on an early demo tape, but that version is warbled to the point of being almost unlistenable (apparently on purpose, though it sounds as though the tape had been damaged somehow.) The live performance was at Aquarius Records '96, which happens to be the most widely available (and earliest) live NMH recording to be circulated amongst fans. While there's no sign that Jeff played the song after this show, parts of its lyrics seem to have crept into other songs. The last line was used in the song "Ghost" ("She goes and now she knows she'll never be afraid"). Additionally, the lyrics bring to mind the opening lines of "Holland, 1945" ("The only girl I've ever loved was born with roses in her eyes, but then they buried her alive...") Some fans also see a connection to "Communist Daughter" ("The soothing proves that she must still exist").
It's been pointed out that the music to "My Dream Girl Don't Exist" bares resemblance to the Green Day song "When I Come Around", albeit a very stripped-down acoustic adaptation of the pop-punk track which was a hit in 1994. Was Jeff Mangum a closet Green Day fan?! Haha, probably not. In fact, his demo version (on Invent Yourself a Shortcake) is supposedly from 1991, thereby predating Dookie by 3 years. So any similarity is just a coincidence; it's certainly not the first song to ever use that chord progression.
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My dream girl don't exist