"Sappy" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
And if you save yourself,
You will make him happy!
He'll keep you in a jar,
And you'll think you're happy...
He'll give you breathing holes,
And you'll think you're happy...
He'll cover you with grass,
And you'll think you're happy... now!

You're in a laundry room,
You're in a laundry room,
Conclusion came to you, ohhh.

And if you cut yourself,
You will think you're happy!
He'll keep you in a jar,
Then you'll make him happy...
He'll give you breathing holes,
Then you'll think you're happy...
He'll cover you with grass,
Then you'll think you're happy... now!

You're in a laundry room,
You're in a laundry room,
Conclusion came to you, ohhh.

You're in a laundry room,
You're in a laundry room,
Conclusion came to you, ohhh.

And if you fool yourself,
You will make him happy!
He'll keep you in a jar,
Then you'll think you're happy...
He'll give you breathing holes,
Then you will seem happy...
You'll wallow in the shit,
Then you'll think you're happy... now!

You're in a laundry room,
You're in a laundry room,
You're in a laundry room,
Conclusion came to you, ohhh...


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"Sappy" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +12
    General CommentIt's a simple metaphor showing kurt's feminism. It's about a girl in a relationship where she does what the guy tells her and it seems nice and fine and she think's she happy. "you're in a laundry room" literally means the girl is in a laundry room doing laundry. He's talking about how women are treated, basically like pets of the guys, pets that do laundry and make lunch. He's talking to the women saying "you're a pet, and you think you're happy, but you're doing laundry, and you'll realize you're not happy, you're sad."

    the conclusion came to you, oh...
    number10on March 17, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think its about a girl who's in a abusive relationship with a guy, and all she does is try to make him happy. she thinks she's happy and he loves her, but he just wants to control her and she's just fooling herself with a false image of a happy relationship.
    pepsipwnage1on May 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSomeone might have already mentioned this, since I have not read the comments, but I think it's about an outside perspective of "God".

    So Cobain could have been thinking, "Hey, what if God is a little kid with a jar, and we are all those insects that He wants to make happy so He's happy too?".

    Think that we're little crickets or ants (weak creatures), trapped in a jar (life) with holes poked in so that we can breathe (religion, or that little faith we can barely experience here, while there is a world outside of the "jar" full of this "oxygen" or God's faith, love, or whatever you want to call it) and we're owned by this selfish little boy (God) who takes happiness in seeing you suffer and dig your way out of the grass (problems) you've been covered in. Then, of course, we continue to praise this boy for "saving us" for keeping us in this "jar" when in reality we have "saved ourselves" (see first line) and go on to conform Him and make Him happy.

    What I'm clueless about is what this "laundry room" where the "jar" rests is.. is it the whole Universe? Does the "jar" actually signify Earth, and the laundry room is the Universe? Maybe..

    That goes on to show the actual darkness and uselessness of a God who makes people "happy" so He's happy.
    fnava21on May 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat's because there's a bunch of different versions of this song, live and what not, and he does say, "And if you fuck yourself...", in one of them. so you DO know your stuff :D
    anticrombiekid92on September 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just think it's about when Kurt used to keep pets- like turtles. He has always said people make too much of his lyrics. It doesn't matter to me what it means- I just love this song! Why is it not on one of their main albums??? Kurt- if you can somehow get this message - I love this song & miss you!!! Wish you could have known how special you were.
    Jax57on May 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Kurt's using symbolism of keeping a bug in a jar for controlling someone...

    "He'll keep you in a jar
    And you'll think you're happy
    He'll give you breathing holes
    And you'll think you're happy
    He'll cover you with grass
    And you'll think you're happy now"

    This is like, He gives you all these things, and it seems pretty good, but it's a lie, because...
    "You're really in a laundry room", covered in grass, not really outside in the grass.

    "And if you cut yourself", I think this might be about contemplating suicide or attempting it, because you think it would just make you happy to end your life, but it won't, because you'll just be dead.

    "And if you fool yourself
    You will make him happy"

    This part is about just accepting it, fooling yourself, and being so sucked in by the nice things he's given you (grass and breathing holes), and this will make him happy because he broke your spirit
    shanegedon December 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about not being able to escape. It's kind of a mockery of of god, referring to god as a mean kid keeping you in a jar, for his own fun and entertainment. You're thrown all sorts of bullshit that you need to survive (breathing holes and grass). And then you realize why nothing is ever fixed because he forgot about you; you're in a laundry room.

    Maybe I always just saw it that way. From the bug in a jar analogy which is repeated throughout the song.
    Shmikeyon November 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is amazing
    i think its about cobains feminist views
    that if a woman acts different and isnt herself and appeals to the guy then he'll like her
    which is so true :)
    and then at the end of it the girl is making her guy happy so she thinks shes happy but shes actually miserable because shes not being who she is
    dm.tymon December 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSappy,is definately written about organized religion. He was explaining the mindset of a person who has faith and lives under someone elses jurisdiction and realizes its all bull shit.In a way,expressing how we have no idea of our purpose.In all religions the are rules... You controll your enviorment in a particular order as you are told.You are brain washed,with your head stuck in church and the bible or whatever .this is the jar and the process of saving yourself.You do all this to make who ever gave you life happy,but really your not happy.But you think you are because your left ignorant of anything else outside this jar.eventually you begin to wise up.and its concluded you arent apart of anything special.just a laundry room.a laundry room a place where you clean dirty clothes.Your just in an organazation to wear clean clothes,to have a clean image for the rest of the world.to be just like everyone else.weak and scared.andd in denial.
    katishereon January 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsaddest song ever...
    mygrungegfon September 08, 2011   Link

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