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SONGS MEANING

BLEACH

1989

1. Blew

The whole song conveys themes of entrapment.


2. Floyd the Barber

A song about a small town that goes bad, the title is taken from a character on The Andy Griffith Show. Everyone turns out to be a mass-murderer. The song also shows Freudian castration fears.


3. About A Girl

A song written for Kurt's girlfriend Tracy, she threatened to kick him out if he didn't get a job.


4. School

A song about the incestous Seattle Scene. The bands seem to resemble high school cliques.


5. Love Buzz

A cover song from the group Shocking Bluefrom the Netherlands.


6. Paper Cuts

Part of the lyrics are based on a true story of a family that Kurt was acquainted with, who locked their children in a room. Other lyrics have to deal with parents, and neglect.


7. Negative Creep

The first person narrative from an anti social person.


8. Scoff

A song that's directed towards the people who didn't believe in Kurt's musical aspirations.


9. Swap Meet

A battle of the sexes put in the background of a Sunday swap meet.


10. Mr. Moustache

Speaks out against the stereotypical male macho image.


11. Sifting

Seems to take on authority figures with it's mention of preachers and teachers.


12. Big Cheese

This song is written about Sub Pop man Jonathan Poneman and the pressures he put on the band.


13. Downer

Kurt's attempt at a political song.


NEVERMIND

1991

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit

An attack on the apathy of our own generation.


2. In Bloom

An attack on people who listen to certain music for the wrong reason. Imagine the macho, gun toting guy who sings along to Nirvana, but has no clue what he's singing about.


3. Come As You Are

A song full of contradictions on how we act versus how we think society thinks we should act.


4. Breed

Growing up and being trapped by Middle Class America.


5. Lithium

A first person narrative of a nervous breakdown, or an update of the Marxist description of religion as 'Opiate of the masses'. An ode to disconnection.


6. Polly

Based on the actual kidnapping of a 14 year old girl and her torture.


7. Territorial Pissings

Multi-themed song that attacks macho men.


8. Drain You

A song about (plainly and simply) love. Highly medical theme.


9. Lounge Act

A song about having a certain vision and being smothered by a relationship.


10. Stay Away

An attack on any conformist clique.


11. On A Plain

Many small lines of poetry having multi themes.


12. Something in the Way

A song about Kurt's experiences living under a bridge when he was kicked out of home.


13. Endless, Nameless

Previously called “The Noise Jam.” An experimentalsong created when one of the takes on Lithium (Territorial Pissings according to Guitar World) went bad.


HORMOANING

1992

1. Turnaround

Cover of a Devo song.


2. Aneurysm

Possibly about shooting heroin.


3. D7

Cove of a Wipers song.


4. Son of a Gun

Cover of a Vaselines song.


5. Even in His Youth

Those who where born to the burgoise, and never saw their way out of it, and how Kurt is glad he wasn't one of them.


6. Molly's Lips

Cover of a Vaselines song.


INCESTICIDE

1992

1. Dive

???


2. Sliver

A semi-biographical song about being deserted by your parents.


3. Stain

???


4. Been A Son

Song about a girl whose parents wanted a boy.


5. Turnaround

Cover of a Devo song.


6. Molly's Lips

Cover of a Vaselines song.


7. Son of a Gun

Cover of a Vaselines song.


8. (New Wave) Polly

Based on the actual kidnapping of a 14 year old girl and her torture.


9. Beeswax

Seems to be about sexuality and confusion. Also speaks of the objectification of women in society.


10. Downer

Kurt's attempt at a political song.


11. Mexican Seafood

Some people seem to believe this is about a yeast infection. Most likely another one of Kurt's songs where he just throws a bunch of lyrics together.


12. Hairspray Queen

???


13. Aero Zeppelin

Who were two big rock bands in the late 80's? Aerosmith and Led Zepplin. The beginning of this song is a take on Led Zepplin's type of, "groovy, foreign-sounding" rock, and the second movement resembles that of Aerosmith, with fast guitar, fast drums, and a lead singer constantly cooing into the microphone.


14. Big Long Now

???


15. Aneurysm

Possibly about shooting heroin.


IN UTERO

1993

1. Serve the Servants

An autobiographical song about the whole Nirvana experience, the 'witch hunt' on Courtney Love, and a sarcastic response to the emphasis placed on the divorce of Kurt's parents.


2. Scentless Apprentice

Based on the novel “Perfume” by Patrick Suskind, about a perfume maker who kills virgins for their scent.


3. Heart Shaped Box

Themes of co-dependancy and many other themes.


4. Rape me

In Kurt's words, the song is a sort of poetic justice. A guy rapes a girl, he ends up in jail, and is raped there.


5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle

A song about the story of Frances Farmer, who was declared insane and lobotomized.


6. Dumb

Ignorance is bliss. There is a certain care-free happiness involved in being dumb. Drug related themes dominate the song.


7. Very Ape

An attack on the stereotypical macho man.


8. Milk It

A song about co-dependancy, it heavily carries the medical theme.


9. Pennyroyal Tea

A song about making a tough decision and the difficult choices around it and the guilt following it. Pennyroyal Tea is an abortive substance.


10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

According to Kurt this song is a throwaway. A bunch of random poetry lines thrown together. The title is a reference to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and it's slick, radio-friendly sound.


11. Tourette's

This song has no meaning at all. Kurt just screamed a lot. Based on tourette's syndrome, which causes one to shout out obscenities at any time.


12. All Apologies

Contrary to popular belief, this song is not about Francis and Courtney. He wrote it for them, but none of the lyrics really apply.


13. Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip

More or less, a poem to words. This is an improv-style song.


UNPLUGGED

1994

1. About A Girl

A song written for Kurt's girlfriend Tracy, she threatened to kick him out if he didn't get a job.


2. Come As You Are

A song full of contradictions on how we act versus how we think society thinks we should act.


3. Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam

Cover of a Vaselines song.


4. The Man Who Sold the World

Cover of David Bowie song.


5. Pennyroyal Tea

A song about making a tough decision and the difficult choices around it and the guilt following it. Pennyroyal Tea is an abortive substance.


6. Dumb

Ignorance is bliss. There is a certain care-free happiness involved in being dumb. Drug related themes dominate the song.


7. Polly

Based on the actual kidnapping of a 14 year old girl and her torture.


8. On A Plain

Many small lines of poetry having multi themes.


9. Something in the Way

A song about Kurt's experiences living under a bridge when he was kicked out of home.


10. Plateau

Cover of Meat Puppets song.


11. Oh, Me

Cover of Meat Puppets song.


12. Lake of Fire

Cover of Meat Puppets song.


13. All Apologies

Contrary to popular belief, this song is not about Francis and Courtney. He wrote it for them, but none of the lyrics really apply.


14. Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Cover of Huddie Leadbelly song.


MUDDY BANKS

1996

1. School

A song about the incestous Seattle Scene. The bands seem to resemble high school cliques.


2. Drain You

A song about (plainly and simply) love. Highly medical theme.


3. Aneurysm

Possibly about shooting heroin.


4. Smells Like Teen Spirit

An attack on the apathy of our own generation.


5. Been A Son

Song about a girl whose parents wanted a boy.


6. Lithium

A first person narrative of a nervous breakdown, or an update of the Marxist description of religion as 'Opiate of the masses'. An ode to disconnection.


7. Spank Thru

???


8. Scentless Apprentice

Based on the novel “Perfume” by Patrick Suskind, about a perfume maker who kills virgins for their scent.


9. Heart Shaped Box

Themes of co-dependancy and many other themes.


10. Milk It

A song about co-dependancy, it heavily carries the medical theme.


11. Negative Creep

The first person narrative from an anti social person.


12. Polly

Based on the actual kidnapping of a 14 year old girl and her torture.


13. Breed

Growing up and being trapped by Middle Class America.


14. Tourette's

This song has no meaning at all. Kurt just screamed a lot. Based on tourette's syndrome, which causes one to shout out obscenities at any time.


15. Blew

The whole song conveys themes of entrapment.


NIRVANA

2002

1. You Know Youre Right

???


2. About A Girl

A song written for Kurt's girlfriend Tracy, she threatened to kick him out if he didn't get a job.


3. Been A Son

Song about a girl whose parents wanted a boy.


4. Sliver

A semi-biographical song about being deserted by your parents.


5. Smells Like Teen Spirit

An attack on the apathy of our own generation.


6. Come As You Are

A song full of contradictions on how we act versus how we think society thinks we should act.


7. Lithium

A first person narrative of a nervous breakdown, or an update of the Marxist description of religion as 'Opiate of the masses'. An ode to disconnection.


8. In Bloom

An attack on people who listen to certain music for the wrong reason. Imagine the macho, gun toting guy who sings along to Nirvana, but has no clue what he's singing about.


9. Heart Shaped Box

Themes of co-dependancy and many other themes.


10.Pennyroyal Tea

A song about making a tough decision and the difficult choices around it and the guilt following it. Pennyroyal Tea is an abortive substance.


11. Rape me

In Kurt's words, the song is a sort of poetic justice. A guy rapes a girl, he ends up in jail, and is raped there.


12. Dumb

Ignorance is bliss. There is a certain care-free happiness involved in being dumb. Drug related themes dominate the song.


13. All Apologies

Contrary to popular belief, this song is not about Francis and Courtney. He wrote it for them, but none of the lyrics really apply.


14. The Man Who Sold the World

Cover of David Bowie song.


15. Something in the Way

A song about Kurt's experiences living under a bridge when he was kicked out of home.


16. Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Cover of Huddie Leadbelly song.


OTHER SONGS

Sappy

About weeklings who cling to people with powerful ideas, even though they nay be sucking themselves into something that is less than possitive. Could also possibly be aimed at the church.


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