Sunday, July 31, 2011

Smells Like Teen Spirit

As a HUGE music enthusiast with the most eclectic collection of songs, my Sunday’s Lyrics was initially based on the lyrics of songs I enjoyed immensely.  I’ve shared songs that have moved me to tears like “One” and songs that inspire me to dig deep like “Ali in the Jungle.” 

Music is powerful!  It can make you happy, glad, inspired and it can heal.  Too often we may like a song without actually listening to what is being said and so I wanted to shine the light on lyrics.  Overtime I’ve expanded my Sundays to include the likes of poems and stories I’ve found inspirational or to carry a heavy meaning.  I usually write a little blurb on my interpretation of the lyrics and how I apply it to life. 

So, today I thought I’d share a song, I loved when it first came out and memorized the words long before you could “google it” to find out what was being said.  It never fails, to this day, when Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is played I’ll start singing along and someone will inevitably say “You know the words to this song???” 

See, although this song was a chart topper most people didn’t know the words to it.  And if you did you’d realize it didn’t make sense... AT ALL!  Lyrics that contradict each other and reflects meaningless (as Kurt Cobain once explained.)  Think about that for a second. 

Should songs have meaning?  And if not, why are lyrics important?

 
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (1) von Electric_Eye


Load up on guns
Bring your friends
It's fun to lose and to pretend
She's overborne and self-assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word


Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello ,hello
With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
Yay

I'm worse at what I do best
And for this gift I feel blessed
Our little group has always been
And always will until the end
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello
With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
Yay
And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard it's hard to find
Oh well whatever nevermind

Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello
With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
A denial