In Bloom
Nirvana Lyrics


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Sell the kids for food
Weather changes moods
Spring is here again
Reproductive glands

He's the one
Who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means
Knows not what it means
And I say he's the one
Who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means
Knows not what it means
And I say yeah

We can have some more
Nature is a whore
Bruises on the fruit
Tender age in bloom

He's the one
Who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means
Knows not what it means
And I say he's the one
Who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means
Knows not what it means
And I say yeah

He's the one
Who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means
Knows not what it means
And I say he's the one
Who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he knows not what it means
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means




Knows not what it means
And I say yeah

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Nirvana's 'In Bloom' are about the conflict and irony surrounding Nirvana's early fanbase. The opening lines, "sell the kids for food, weather changes moods, spring is here again, reproductive glands" reflects how society, particularly the music industry, monetizes youth culture. Young people are often viewed as a source of profit and are manipulated by industries looking to use their energy and enthusiasm to make money. The lyrics reflect on the mood swings of young people and how their reproductive urges are exploited during the "spring" of their lives.


The chorus, "he's the one who likes all our pretty songs, and he likes to sing along, and he likes to shoot his gun, but he knows not what it means, knows not what it means", could be interpreted as a commentary on the Nirvana fanbase, who enjoyed singing their songs but did not understand the deep pain and frustration which inspired their music. The song reflects on the sense of paradox and detachment that Nirvana felt from their audience. The line, "nature is a whore, bruises on the fruit, tender age in bloom" alludes to the exploitation of youth culture by profit-seeking industries, and compares the exploitation of natural resources to the exploitation of young people.


Interestingly, the song 'In Bloom' was originally titled 'He Likes Your Pretty Songs' and was inspired by a specific fan who Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain felt was missing the emotional weight of Nirvana's music. The fan in question was a 'jock' from a high school in Washington state, and Cobain felt that this fan was part of a larger group of people who were inexplicably drawn to Nirvana's music without understanding what the band was trying to say. Cobain changed the title of the track to 'In Bloom' to reflect his feelings about the wider issues surrounding youth culture and the commercialization of music.


Line by Line Meaning

Sell the kids for food
Society's desperation is at an all-time high, to the point where people are willing to sacrifice their kids for basic necessities.


Weather changes moods
People's emotions are directly impacted by the climate and environment around them.


Spring is here again
The cyclical nature of life and the changing of seasons are constants that are not affected by human events or emotions.


Reproductive glands
The biological nature of reproduction is a driving force in human existence, both on an individual and societal level.


He's the one Who likes all our pretty songs And he likes to sing along And he likes to shoot his gun But he knows not what it means Knows not what it means And I say he's the one Who likes all our pretty songs And he likes to sing along And he likes to shoot his gun But he knows not what it means Knows not what it means And I say yeah
The person being described is superficially interested in the band's music and image, but is ignorant to the deeper meaning and implications of their lyrics and actions.


We can have some more Nature is a whore Bruises on the fruit Tender age in bloom
Humanity is exploiting and abusing the natural world for personal gain, resulting in harmful consequences and the destruction of innocence.


He's the one Who likes all our pretty songs And he likes to sing along And he likes to shoot his gun But he knows not what it means Knows not what it means And I say he's the one Who likes all our pretty songs And he likes to sing along And he likes to shoot his gun But he knows not what it means Knows not what it means And I say yeah
The repetition of this stanza emphasizes the frustration and disgust the band members feel towards those who consume their music without understanding or appreciating its true meaning.




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Written by: Kurt Cobain

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[Verse 1]
Sell the kids for food
Weather changes moods
Spring is here again
Reproductive glands

[Chorus]
He's the one who likes all our pretty songs, and he
Likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun, but he
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means, and I say
He's the one who likes all our pretty songs, and he
Likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun, but he
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means, and I say, "Yeah"

[Verse 2]
We can have some more
Nature is a whore
Bruises on the fruit
Tender age in bloom

[Chorus]
He's the one who likes all our pretty songs, and he
Likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun, but he
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means, and I say
He's the one who likes all our pretty songs, and he
Likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun, but he
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means, and I say, "Yeah"

[Guitar Solo]

[Chorus]
He's the one who likes all our pretty songs, and he
Likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun, but he
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means, and I say
He's the one who likes all our pretty songs, and he
Likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun, but he
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means
Knows not what it means, and I say, "Yeah"



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The best Nirvana song a video clip, so much early 90's energy

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@rqoweuyqp

Still one of my favorite bands of all time. The early 90's was a great time to be a teenager...

@lorenagomez5032

It really was!

@Bestenglishforyou

For sure!

@omicroneridani7456

One can but concur.

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