Nirvana: Nevermind [1991]

Released September 24, 1991
Recorded May–June 1991 at Sound City StudiosVan Nuys and Devonshire, North Hollywood,California
Polly” recorded in April 1990 atSmart StudiosMadison, Wisconsin
Genre Grungealternative rock
Length 42:38
Label DGC
Producer Butch Vig

Nevermind is the second studio album by the American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991. Produced byButch VigNevermind was the group’s first release on DGC Records. Frontman Kurt Cobain sought to make music outside the restrictive confines of the Seattle grunge scene, drawing influence from groups such as the Pixies and their use of song volume dynamics.

Despite low commercial expectations by the band and its record label, Nevermind became an unexpected success in late 1991. It also included some of the band’s biggest hit singles, including “Smells Like Teen Spirit“, “Come as You Are“, “Lithium” and “In Bloom“. By January 1992, it had replaced Michael Jackson‘s album Dangerous at number one on theBillboard charts. The Recording Industry Association of America has certified the album Diamond (over 10 million copies shipped), and the album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.[1][2] Nevermind was responsible for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience, and critics subsequently regarded it as one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time.

Recording and production

In early 1990, Nirvana began planning its second album for Sub Pop, tentatively titled Sheep. For the album, Sub Pop head Bruce Pavittsuggested Butch Vig as a potential producer.[3] Nirvana particularly liked Vig’s work with Killdozer and called Vig up to tell him, “We want to sound as heavy as that record.”[6] In April 1990, the band traveled out to Vig’s Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin to begin work on the album. Most of the basic song arrangements were completed by that time, but Cobain was still working on lyrics and the band was unsure of which songs to record.[7] Ultimately, eight songs were recorded: “Immodium” (later renamed “Breed”), “Dive” (later released as the B-side to “Sliver”), “In Bloom“, “Pay to Play” (eventually renamed “Stay Away” and given a new set of lyrics), “Sappy”, “Lithium“, “Here She Comes Now” (released on Velvet Underground Tribute Album: Heaven and Hell Volume 1), and “Polly”.[8] The band had planned to record more tracks, but Cobain blew his voice out on “Lithium”, forcing them to shut down recording. Vig was told that the band would come back to record more songs, but the producer did not hear anything for a while.[3] Instead, the band used the sessions as a demo tape to shop for a new label. Within a few months, the tape was circulating amongst major labels, creating a buzz around the group.[9]

After signing to DGC, a number of producers for the album were suggested, including Scott LittDavid Briggs, and Don Dixon, but Nirvana still wanted Butch Vig.[10] Novoselic noted in 2001 that the band was already nervous about recording on a major label, and the producers suggested by DGC wanted percentage points for working on the album. Instead, the band held out for Vig, with whom they felt comfortable collaborating.[11] Afforded a budget of $65,000, Nirvana recorded Nevermind at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California in May and June 1991.[12] Nirvana was originally set to record the album during March and April 1991, but the date kept getting pushed back in spite of the band’s anxiousness to begin the sessions. To pay gas money to get to Los Angeles, Nirvana played a show where they performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time.[3]The band sent Vig some rehearsal tapes prior to the sessions that featured songs recorded previously at Smart Studios, along with some new ones including “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come as You Are“.[13]

When the group arrived in California, Nirvana did a few days of pre-production where the band and Vig tightened up some of the song arrangements.[14] The only recording carried over from the Smart Studios sessions was the song “Polly”, which included cymbal crashes performed by Chad Channing. Once recording commenced, the band worked eight to ten hours a day. The band members tended to take two or three tries at instrumental takes; if the takes were not satisfactory at that point, they would move on to something else.[15] The group had rehearsed the songs so much before recording started that often only a few takes were needed.[11] Novoselic and Grohl finished their bass and drum tracks in a matter of days, but Cobain had to work longer on guitar overdubs, singing, and particularly lyrics (which sometimes were finished mere minutes before recording).[16] Cobain’s phrasing was so consistent on various takes that Vig would mix the takes together to create overdubs.[15] Vig says that he often had to trick Cobain into recording additional takes for overdubs since the singer was averse to performing multiple takes. In particular, Vig convinced Cobain to double-track his vocals on the song “In Bloom” by telling him “John Lennon did it.”[3] While the sessions went well generally, Vig said Cobain would become moody and difficult at times: “He’d be great for an hour, and then he’d sit in a corner and say nothing for an hour.”[6]

After the recording sessions were completed, Vig and the band set out to mix the album. After a few days, both Vig and the band members realized that they were unhappy with how the mixes were turning out. As a result, they decided to call in someone else to oversee the mixing, with Geffen Records imprint DGC supplying a list of possible options. The list contained several familiar names, including Scott Litt (known for his work with R.E.M.) and Ed Stasium (known for his work with The Smithereens). However, Cobain feared that bringing in known mixers would result in the album sounding like the work of those bands. Instead, Cobain chose Andy Wallace(who had co-produced Slayer’s 1990 album Seasons in the Abyss) from the bottom of the list.[17] Novoselic recalled, “We said, ‘right on,’ because those Slayer records were so heavy.”[18] Wallace ran the songs through various special effects boxes and tweaked the drum sounds, completing about one mix per day.[19] Both Wallace and Vig noted years later that upon hearing Wallace’s work the band loved the mixes.[20] After the album’s release, however, members of Nirvana expressed dissatisfaction with the polished sound the mixer had given Nevermind. Cobain said in Come as You Are, “Looking back on the production of Nevermind, I’m embarrassed by it now. It’s closer to a Mötley Crüe record than it is a punk rock record.”[19]

Nevermind was mastered on the afternoon of August 2 at The Mastering Lab in Hollywood, California. Howie Weinberg started working alone when no one else showed up at the appointed time in the studio; by the time Nirvana, Andy Wallace, and Gary Gersh arrived, Weinberg had mastered most of the album.[21] One of the songs mastered at the session, a hidden track called “Endless, Nameless” intended to appear at the end of “Something in the Way”, was accidentally left off initial pressings of the album. Weinberg recalled, “In the beginning, it was kind of a verbal thing to put that track at the end. Maybe I misconstrued their instructions, so you can call it my mistake if you want. Maybe I didn’t write it down when Nirvana or the record company said to do it. So, when they pressed the first twenty thousand or so CDs, albums, and cassettes, it wasn’t on there.” When the band discovered the song’s omission after listening to its copy of the album, Cobain called Weinberg and demanded he rectify the mistake.[22]Weinberg complied and added about ten minutes of silence between the end of “Something in the Way” and the start of the hidden track on future pressings of the album.[23]

Composition

Music

Cobain, Nirvana’s main songwriter, fashioned chord sequences that were based mainly around power chords and wrote songs that combined pop hooks with dissonant guitar rhythms. His aim for Nevermind‘s material was to sound like the “Bay City Rollers getting molested by Black Flag“.[24] Many of the songs on Nevermind feature shifts in dynamics, where the band changes from quiet verses to loud choruses. Dave Grohl said this approach originated during a four-month period prior to the recording of the album, where the band would experiment with extreme dynamics during regular jam sessions.[25]

Guitar World wrote, “Kurt Cobain’s guitar sound on Nirvana’s Nevermind set the tone for Nineties rock music.” OnNevermind, Cobain played a 1960s Fender Mustang, a Fender Jaguar with DiMarzio pickups, and a few Fender Stratocasters with humbucker bridge pickups. The guitarist used distortion and chorus pedals as his main effects, the latter used to generate a “watery” sound on “Come as You Are” and the pre-choruses of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.[26] Krist Novoselic tuned down his bass guitar one and a half steps to D flat “to get this fat-ass sound.”[11]

Lyrics

Grohl said that Cobain told him, “Music comes first and lyrics come second,” and Grohl believes that above all Cobain focused on the melodies of his songs.[3] Cobain was still working on the album’s lyrics well into the recording of Nevermind. Additionally, Cobain’s phrasing on the album is often difficult to understand. Vig asserted that clarity of Cobain’s singing was not paramount. Vig said, “Even though you couldn’t quite tell what he was singing about, you knew it was intense as hell.”[3] Cobain would later complain when rock journalists attempted to decipher his singing and extract meaning from his lyrics, writing “Why in the hell do journalists insist on coming up with a second-rate Freudian evaluation of my lyrics, when 90 percent of the time they’ve transcribed them incorrectly?”[27]

Charles R. Cross asserted in his 2001 biography of Kurt Cobain, Heavier Than Heaven, that many of the songs written for Nevermind were about Cobain’s dysfunctional relationship with Tobi Vail. After the relationship ended, Cobain began writing and painting violent scenes, many of which revealed hatred for himself and others. Songs written during this period were less violent, but still reflected anger absent from Cobain’s earlier songs. Cross wrote “In the four months following their break-up, Kurt would write a half dozen of his most memorable songs, all of them about Tobi Vail”. “Drain You” begins with the line “One baby to another said ‘I’m lucky to have met you'”, quoting what Vail had once told Cobain, and the line “It is now my duty to completely drain you” refers to the power Vail had over Kurt in their relationship. According to Novoselic, “‘Lounge Act’ is about Tobi”, and the song contains the line “I’ll arrest myself, I’ll wear a shield”, referring to Cobain having the K Records logo tattooed on his arm to impress Vail. Though “Lithium” had been written before Cobain knew Vail, the lyrics of the song were changed to reference her.[28] Cobain also said in an interview with Musician that “some of my very personal experiences, like breaking up with girlfriends and having bad relationships, feeling that death void that the person in the song is feeling–very lonely, sick.”[29]

Release

Nevermind was released on September 24, 1991. American record stores received an initial shipment of 46,251 copies,[30] while 35,000 copies were shipped in the United Kingdom, where Bleach had been successful.[31] The lead single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” had been released on September 10 with the intention of being a base-building cut among alternative rock fans, while the next single “Come as You Are” would be the song that would possibly garner more attention.[32] The band set out on a short American tour four days before the release date to support the album. Geffen Records hoped that Nevermind would sell around 250,000 copies, which was the same level the record company had achieved with Sonic Youth’s Geffen debut Goo.[33] The best estimate was that if all involved worked hard, the record could possibly be certifiedGold by September 1992.[34]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 144.[35] Geffen shipped about half of the initial US pressing to the American Northwest, where it sold out quickly and was unavailable for days. Geffen reputedly put production of all other albums on hold in order to fulfill demand in the region.[36] Nevermind was already selling well but, over the next few months, the momentum increased significantly as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” unexpectedly became more and more popular. The song’s video had received a world premiere on MTV‘s late night alternative show 120 Minutes but it soon proved so popular that the channel began playing it during the day.[37] The record was soon certified gold, but the band was relatively uninterested in the achievement. Novoselic recalled, “Yeah I was happy about it. It was pretty cool. It was kind of neat. But I don’t give a shit about some kind of achievement like that. It’s cool—I guess.”[38]

As the band set out for their European tour at the start of November 1991, Nevermind entered the Billboard Top 40 for the first time at number 35. By this point, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” had become a genuine hit and the album was selling so fast none of Geffen’s marketing strategies aimed at different sales levels could be enacted. Geffen president Ed Rosenblatt told The New York Times, “We didn’t do anything. It was just one of those ‘Get out of the way and duck’ records.”[39] Nirvana found as they toured Europe during the end of 1991 that the shows were dangerously oversold, television crews became a constant presence onstage, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was almost omnipresent on radio and music television.[40]

Nevermind became Nirvana’s first number one album on January 11, 1992, replacing Michael Jackson at the top of the Billboard charts. By this time, Nevermind was selling approximately 300,000 copies a week.[41] “Come as You Are” was finally released as the second single in March 1992; it peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[42] Two more singles, “Lithium” and “In Bloom”, were released from the album.

Nevermind was certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in November 1991, and was certified Diamond in March 1999.[43] It was also certified Diamond in Canada (1,000,000 units sold) by the Canadian Recording Industry Association in March 2001[44] and two times Platinum in the United Kingdom.[45] In 1996, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs released Nevermind on vinyl as part of its ANADISQ 200 series, and as a 24-carat gold Compact Disc. The CD pressings included “Endless, Nameless”. The LP version quickly sold out its limited pressing but the CD edition stayed in print for years.[46] Universal Music Enterprises further released a 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition of Nevermind in September 2011.[47]

Packaging

The album’s tentative title Sheep was something Cobain created as an inside joke towards the people he expected to buy the record. He wrote a fake advertisement forSheep in his journal that read “Because you want to not; because everyone else is.”[48] Novoselic said the inspiration for the title was the band’s cynicism about the public’s reaction to Operation Desert Storm.[11] As recording sessions for the album were completed, Cobain grew tired of the title and suggested to Novoselic that the new album be named Nevermind. Cobain liked the title because it was a metaphor for his attitude on life, and because it was grammatically incorrect.[49]

The Nevermind album cover shows a baby swimming toward a US dollar bill on a fishhook. According to Cobain, he conceived the idea while watching a television program on water births with Grohl. Cobain mentioned it to Geffen’s art director Robert Fisher. Fisher found some stock footage of underwater births but they were too graphic for the record company. Also, the stock house that controlled the photo of a swimming baby that they subsequently settled on wanted $7,500 a year for its use, so instead Fisher sent a photographer to a pool for babies to take pictures. Five shots resulted and the band settled on the image of a three-month-old infant named Spencer Elden, the son of the photographer’s friend. However, there was some concern because Elden’s penis was visible in the image. Geffen prepared an alternate cover without the penis, as they were afraid that it would offend people, but relented when Cobain made it clear that the only compromise he would accept was a sticker covering the penis that would say, “If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.”[50]

The back cover of the album features a photograph of a rubber monkey in front of a collage created by Cobain. The collage features photos of raw beef from a supermarket advertisement, images from Dante’s Inferno, and pictures of diseased vaginas from Cobain’s collection of medical photos. Cobain noted, “If you look real close, there is a picture of Kiss in the back standing on a slab of beef.”[51] The album’s liner notes contain no complete song lyrics; instead, the liner contains random song lyrics and unused lyrical fragments that Cobain arranged into a poem.[52]

Critical reception

Upon the album’s release, several mainstream newspapers and magazines gave Nevermind positive reviews. Karen Schoemer of The New York Times wrote, “With ‘Nevermind,’ Nirvana has certainly succeeded. There are enough intriguing textures, mood shifts, instrumental snippets and inventive word plays to provide for hours of entertainment.” Schoemer concluded, “‘Nevermind’ is more sophisticated and carefully produced than anything peer bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Mudhoney have yet offered.”[58] Entertainment Weekly gave Nevermind an A– rating, and reviewer David Browne argued that on Nevermind, Nirvana “never entertain the notion” of wanting to sound “normal,” compared to other contemporary alternative bands. [56]Concluding his very enthusiastic review for the British Melody MakerEverett True wrote that “When Nirvana released Bleachall those years ago, the more sussed among us figured they had the potential to make an album that would blow every other contender away. My God have they proved us right.”[57] Spin gave Nevermind a favorable review stating that “you’ll be humming all the songs for the rest of your life—or at least until your CD-tape-album wears out.”[61] Select gave the album a four out of five rating and compared the band to Jane’s AddictionSonic Youth and the Pixies stating that the album “proves that Nirvana truly belong in such high company.”[62]

Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars; reviewer Ira Robbins wrote, “If Nirvana isn’t onto anything altogether new,Nevermind does possess the songs, character and confident spirit to be much more than a reformulation of college radio’s high-octane hits.”[59] The Boston Globe was less enthusiastic about the album; reviewer Steve Morse wrote, “Most of Nevermind is packed with generic punk-pop that had been done by countless acts from Iggy Pop to the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” and added “the band has little or nothing to say, settling for moronic ramblings by singer-lyricist Cobain.”[54]

Nevermind was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics’ poll; “Smells Like Teen Spirit” also topped the single of the year and video of the year polls.[63] Nevermind topped the poll by a large majority, and Village Voice critic Robert Christgau wrote in his companion piece to the poll, “As a modest pop surprise they might have scored a modest victory, like De La Soul in 1990. Instead, their multi-platinum takeover constituted the first full-scale public validation of the Amerindie values—the noise, the toons, the ‘tude—the radder half of the [Pazz & Jop poll] electorate came up on.”[64]

Legacy

Nevermind not only popularized the Seattle grunge movement, but also brought alternative rock as a whole into the mainstream, establishing its commercial and cultural viability.[65] Nevermind‘s success surprised Nirvana’s contemporaries, who felt dwarfed by its impact. Fugazi‘s Guy Picciotto later commented: “It was like our record could have been a hobo pissing in the forest for the amount of impact it had. […] It felt like we were playing ukuleles all of a sudden because of the disparity of the impact of what they did”.[66] In 1992, Jon Pareles of The New York Times described that in the aftermath of the album’s breakthrough, “Suddenly, all bets are off. No one has the inside track on which of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of ornery, obstreperous, unkempt bands might next appeal to the mall-walking millions”. Record company executives offered large advances and record deals to bands, and previous strategies of building audiences for alternative rock bands had been replaced by the opportunity to achieve mainstream popularity quickly.[67]

Michael Azerrad argued in his Nirvana biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana (1993) that Nevermind marked the emergence of a generation of music fans in their twenties in a climate dominated by the musical tastes of the baby boomer generation that preceded them. Azerrad wrote, “Nevermind came along at exactly the right time. This was music by, for, and about a whole new group of young people who had been overlooked, ignored, or condescended to.”[68] In its citation placing it at number 17 in its 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all timeRolling Stone said, “No album in recent history had such an overpowering impact on a generation—a nation of teens suddenly turned punk—and such a catastrophic effect on its main creator.”[69]

Nevermind has continued to garner critical praise since its release. The album was listed at number 17 on Rolling Stone’s list “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time“.[69]Time placed Nevermind, which writer Josh Tyrangiel called “the finest album of the 90s”, on its 2006 list of “The All-TIME 100 Albums”.[70] Pitchfork named the album the sixth best of the decade, noting that “anyone who hates this record today is just trying to be cool, and needs to be trying harder.”[71] In 2006, readers of Guitar World ranked Nevermind 8th on a list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Recordings.[72] In 2005, the Library of Congress added Nevermind to the National Recording Registry, which collects “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” sound recordings from the 20th century.[73]

Track listing

All songs written by Kurt Cobain, except where noted.

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Cobain, Dave GrohlKrist Novoselic) – 5:01
  2. In Bloom” – 4:14
  3. Come as You Are” – 3:39
  4. “Breed” – 3:03
  5. Lithium” – 4:17
  6. Polly” – 2:57
  7. “Territorial Pissings” (Cobain, Chet Powers) – 2:22
  8. Drain You” – 3:43
  9. “Lounge Act” – 2:36
  10. “Stay Away” – 3:32
  11. On a Plain” – 3:16
  12. “Something in the Way” – 3:55
    “Endless, Nameless” (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic) — 6:44 (hidden track on some copies of the record)

Lyrics

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Load up on guns and
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, how low?

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

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, how low?

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

And I forget
Just why I taste
Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard
It was hard to find
Oh well, whatever, nevermind

hello, how low?

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, a denial
A denial
A denial…

In Bloom

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

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

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

Come As You Are

Come
As you are
As you were
As I want you to be
As a friend
As a friend
As an old enemy
Take your time
Hurry up
The Choice is your
Dont’ be late
Take a rest
As a friend
As an old memoria
memoria
memoria
memoria

Come
Dowsed in mud
Soaked in bleach
As I want you to be
As a trend
A a friend
As an old memoria
memoria
memoria
memoria

And I swear
That I don’t have a gun
No I don’t have a gun
No I don’t have a gun

memoria
memoria
memoria
memoria {don’t have a gun}

And I swear
That I don’t have a gun
No I don’t have a gun
No I don’t have a gun
No I don’t have a gun
No i don’t have a gun

memoria
memoria

Breed

I don’t care
I don’t care
I don’t care
I don’t care
I don’t care
Care if I’m old

I don’t mind
I don’t mind
I don’t mind
I don’t mind
mind
Don’t have a mind

Get way
Get way
Get way
Get way
Get way
Way from your home

I’m afraid
I’m afraid
I’m afraid
I’m afraid
Fraid, of a ghost

Even if you have
Even if you need
I don’t mean to stare
We don’t have to breed
We can plant a house
We can build a tree
I don’t even care
We could have all three

She said (X 8)

Lithium

I’m so happy
Cause today I found my friends
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly
But that’s ok, ’cause so are you
We’ve broke our mirrors
Sunday morning
Is everyday for all I care
And I’m not scared
Light my candles
In a daze ’cause I’ve found god

Yeah (x bunch of times)

I’m so lonely and
That’s ok, I shaved my head
And I’m not sad
And just maybe
I’m to blame for all I’ve heard
And I’m not sure
I’m so excited
I can’t wait to meet you there
And I dont’ care
I’m so horny but
That’s ok, my will is good

Yeah (x bunch of times)

I like it
I’m not gonna crack
I miss you
I’m not gonna crack
I love you
I’m not gonna crack
I killed you
I’m not gonna crack
I like it
I’m not gonna crack
I miss you
I’m not gonna crack
I love you
I’m not gonna crack
I killed you
I’m not gonna crack

I’m so happy
Cause today I found my friends
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly
But that’s ok, ’cause so are you
We’ve broke our mirrors
Sunday morning
Is everyday for all I care
And I’m not scared
Light my candles
In a daze ’cause I’ve found god

Yeah (x bunch of times)

I like it
I’m not gonna crack
I miss you
I’m not gonna crack
I love you
I’m not gonna crack
I killed you
I’m not gonna crack
I like it
I’m not gonna crack
I miss you
I’m not gonna crack
I love you
I’m not gonna crack
I killed you
I’m not gonna crack

Polly

Polly wants a cracker
Think I should get off of her first
I think she wants some water
To put out the blow torch

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t hurt yourself
I want some help
To help myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Let me take a ride
Don’t hurt yourself
I want some help
To help myself

Polly wants a cracker
Maybe she would like more food
She asks me to untie her
A chase would be nice for a few

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t hurt yourself
I want some help
To help myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Let me take a ride
Don’t hurt yourself
I want some help
To help myself

{Polly said}
Polly says her back hurts
And she’s just as bored as me
She caught me off my guard
It amazes me, the will of instinct

It isn’t me
We have some seed
Let me clip
Your dirty wings
Let me take a ride
Don’t hurt yourself
I want some help
To help myself
I’ve got some rope
You have been told
I promise you
I have been true
Let me take a ride
Don’t hurt yourself
I want some help
To help myself

Territorial Pissings

{intro thing}

When I was an alien
Cultures weren’t opinions

Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I’m there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait

Never met a wise man
If so it’s a woman

Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I’m there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait
Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I’m there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait

Just because you’re paranoid
Don’t mean they’re not after you

Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I’m there
Gotta find a way
A better way
Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I’m there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait
Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I’m there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait
Gotta find a way
To find a way
When I’m there
Gotta find a way
A better way
I had better wait

Drain You

One baby to another says
I’m lucky to have met you
I don’t care what you think unless
It is about me
It is now my duty to completely drain you
A travel through a tube and end up in your infection

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
’cause I like you

With eyes so dilated
I’ve became your pupil
You’ve taught me everything
Without a poison apple
The water is so yellow
I’m a healthy student
Indebted and so grateful
Vacuum out the fluids

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
’cause I like you
You
You
You
You
You

One baby to another says
I’m lucky to have met you
I don’t care what you think unless
It is about me
It is now my duty to completely drain you
A travel through a tube and end up in your infection

Chew your meat for you
Pass it back and forth
In a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
Sloppy it lips to lips
You’re my vitamins
’cause I’m like you

Lounge Act

Truth covered in security
I can’t let you smother me
I’d like to but it wouldn’t work
Trading off and taking turns
I don’t regret a thing

I’ve got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel
And I wanted more
Than I could steal
I’ll arrest myself
And wear a shield
I’ll go out of my way
To prove I still
Smell her on you

Don’t, tell me what I wanna hear
Afraid of never knowning fear
Experience anything yoy need
I’ll keep fighting jealousy
Until it’s fucking gone

I’ve got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel
And I wanted more
Than I could steal
I’ll arrest myself
And wear a shield
I’ll go out of my way
To prove I still
Smell her on you

Truth covered in security
I can’t let you smother me
I’d like to but it wouldn’t work
Trading off and taking turns
I don’t regret a thing

I’ve got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel
And I wanted more
Than I could steal
I’ll arrest myself
And wear a shield
I’ll go out of my way
To make you a deal
We’ve make a pact
To learn from who
Ever we want
Without new rules
We’ll share what’s lost and what we grew
They’ll go out of their way
To prove they still
Smell her on you
They still, smell her on you
Smell her on you

Stay Away

Monkey See, monkey do
{I don’t know why}
I’d rather be deal than cool
{I don’t know why}
Every line ends in rhyme
{I don’t know why}
Less is more, love is blind
{I don’t know why}

Stay
Stay away
Stay away
Stay away

Give an inch, take a smile
{I don’t know why}
Fashion shits, fashion stile
{I don’t know why}
Throw it out and keep it in
{I don’t know why}
Have to have poison skin
{I don’t know why}

Stay
Stay away
Stay away
Stay away

I don’t know why
I don’t know why

Stay
Stay away
Stay away
Stay away

Monkey See, monkey do
{I don’t know why}
I’d rather be deal than cool
{I don’t know why}
Every line ends in rhyme
{I don’t know why}
Less is more, love is blind
{I don’t know why}

Stay
Stay away
Stay away
Stay away

I don’t know why
I don’t know why

Stay
Stay away
Stay away
Stay away

Stay
Stay away
Stay away
Stay away
Stay away
Stay away
God is gay

On A Plain

I’ll start this off
Without any words
I got so high that
I scratched ’til I bled

Love myself
Better than you
I know it’s wrong
So what should I do?

The finest day
That I ever had
Was when I learned
To cry on command

Love myself
Better than you
I know it’s wrong
So what should I do?

I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain

My mother died
Every night
It’s safe to say
Don’t quote me on that

Love myself
Better than you
I know it’s wrong
So what should I do?

The black sheep got
Blackmailed again
Forgot to put
On the zip code

Love myself
Better than you
I know it’s wrong
So what should I do?

I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain

Somewhere I have heard this before
In a dream my memory has stored
As defense I’m neutered and spayed
What the hell am I trying to say?

It is now time
To make it unclear
To write off lines
That don’t make a sense

Love myself
Better than you
I know it’s wrong
So what should I do?

One more special
Message to go
And then I’m done
And I can go home

Love myself
Better than you
I know it’s wrong
So what should I do?

I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on aplain
I can’t complain

Something In The Way

Underneath the bridge
The tarp has sprung a leak
And the animals I’ve trapped
Have all become my pets
And I’m living off of grass
And the drippings from the ceiling
But it’s ok to eat fish
Cause they haven’t any feelings

Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yea
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yea
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yea
Ummmmm

Underneath the bridge
The tarp has sprung a leak
And the animals I’ve trapped
Have all become my pets
And I’m living off of grass
And the drippings from the ceiling
But it’s ok to eat fish
Cause they haven’t any feelings

Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yea
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yea
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yea
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yea
Ummmmm
Something in the way
Ummmmm
Something in the way, yea

Endless Nameless

Silence
Here I am
Here I am
Silent

Bright and clear
It’s what I am
I have
Died

uhhhh
uhhhh
uhhhh
uhhhh

Death
With violence
Excitment
Right here

Died
Go to hell
Here I am
Right here

Ow

No mas
No mas
No mas
No mas

Death
Is what I am
???
??? ???

In back of that
Crime
Here I am
Take a chance
Dead

Die

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