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Smells Like Teen Spirit
Nirvana Lyrics


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

Hello, hello, hello, how low
Hello, hello, hello, how low
Hello, hello, hello, how low
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 mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
Yeah, hey, 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, how low
Hello, hello, hello, how low
Hello, hello, hello, how low
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 mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
Yeah, hey, 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, never mind

Hello, hello, hello, how low
Hello, hello, hello, how low
Hello, hello, hello, how low
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 mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
A denial, a denial, a denial, a denial, a denial
A denial, a denial, a denial, a denial

Overall Meaning

The song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana was released in 1991 and is widely considered one of the most iconic and influential songs in the history of rock music. The lyrics of the song capture the disaffected and rebellious spirit of the time period and deal with issues such as boredom, apathy, and the search for identity. The opening lines "Load up on guns, bring your friends / It's fun to lose and to pretend" speaks to the nihilistic tendencies of young people who were disillusioned with the political and economic system at the time.


The chorus of the song, with the repeated phrase "With the lights out, it's less dangerous / Here we are now, entertain us," reflects the desire for entertainment and escape from the pain and chaos of the world. The reference to "a mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido" is believed to be an inside joke by Kurt Cobain and refers to a friend who described himself in this manner. The line "I feel stupid and contagious" speaks to the feeling of helplessness and frustration that many young people experienced during the time period.


Overall, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is a song that captures the disillusionment and angst of a generation and continues to be celebrated as a seminal work in the history of rock music.


Line by Line Meaning

Load up on guns, bring your friends
Gather weapons and bring your accomplices


It's fun to lose and to pretend
It's enjoyable to have nothing and act like you don't care


She's over bored and self assured
She's extremely bored and full of herself


Oh no, I know a dirty word
Oh dear, I'm aware of a profanity


Hello, hello, hello, how low
Greetings, how are you feeling down there?


With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Having the lights turned off decreases the amount of risk


Here we are now, entertain us
We are present, so put on a show for us


I feel stupid and contagious
I feel unintelligent and like I can easily spread my feelings to others


A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
A person with mixed race heritage, a person with no pigmentation, an insect that feeds on blood, my sexual drive


I'm worse at what I do best
I'm not very skilled at what I excel at


And for this gift I feel blessed
Despite this, I feel fortunate for this talent


Our little group has always been
Our small community has always existed


And always will until the end
And it will continue until the end


And I forget just why I taste
And I don't remember why I have this specific sensation


Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
Oh right, I suppose it causes me to grin


I found it hard, was hard to find
I struggled to locate it


Oh well, whatever, never mind
Oh well, it doesn't really matter anymore


A denial, a denial, a denial, a denial, a denial
An inability to accept the truth




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: David Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain

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@kidscraziness8095

Lyrics: Load up on guns, bring your friends
It's fun to lose and to pretend
She's over bored and self-assured
Oh, no, I know a dirty word
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
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 mulatto, an albino
A mosquito, my libido, yeah
Hey
Yeah
I'm worse at what I do best
And for this gift I feel blessed
Our little group it's always been
And always will until the end
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
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 mulatto, an albino
A mosquito, my libido, yeah
Hey
Yeah
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, never mind
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, how low?
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 mulatto, an albino
A mosquito, my libido
A denial, a denial
A denial, a denial
A denial, a denial
A denial, a denial
A denial



@kennethray3653

People who are left behind!!!😔

Stop and stare
I think I'm moving, but I go nowhere
Yeah, I know that everyone gets scared
But I've become what I can't be
Stop and stare
You start to wonder why you're here not there
And you'd give anything to get what's fair
But fair ain't what you really need
Oh, can you see what I see

Jesus is coming back this month!!!

Guys, the great persecution is about to start!!! No one is worthy to be raptured, but because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is worthy and if you believe on Him, the Son of God, you are worthy because He is worthy. That is what you really need!!!

John 3:15-16 (KJV) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God bless!!!😃😃😃



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@gabe3282

1 billion for a guy that died before youtube existed

@Emilyokcool

Ah nevermind

@Reubenator27

@@Emilyokcool Kurt Cobain, he died 29 years ago.

@dusanvasiljevic1916

Legends never die

@iwakeupcookrice4421

And your point..?

@kevinkibble8342

He died over a decade before YouTube existed too

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@SuperRaedizzle

I’m reading Dave Grohl’s book and he has a sweet story about how he and Kurt stayed up all night in a cheap hotel waiting for MTV to debut this and when it finally aired they knew they made it ❤🥹

@RaggedyRosemary

🥲🥲

@fatalcaper4910

That's cool

@CharlesThompson-ez1wp

wow😃Ace, So Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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