"Dumb" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
I'm not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light
The day is done
But I'm having fun

I think I'm dumb
Or maybe just happy
Think I'm just happy
My heart is broke
But I have some glue
Help me inhale
And mend it with you
We'll float around
And hang out on clouds
Then we'll come down
And have a hangover, have a hangover

Skin the sun
Fall asleep
Wish away
The soul is cheap
Lesson learned
Wish me luck
Soothe the burn
Wake me up

I'm not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light
The day is done
But I'm having fun

I think I'm dumb


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"Dumb" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +15
    General CommentI think this song is about a struggle to fit in.. Someone who is outcast from the "norm" and sacrifices his self worth and indivduality to be part of the pack.. Bad move.. but we've all been there.. It's called high school.
    maxpower114on February 08, 2002   Link
  • +13
    My InterpretationI think this song has to do with how the only way to be happy is to also be somewhat "dumb" about certain things. For instance, you have to blind yourself from issues going on around you to numb yourself from that pain and move on from it. It also embodies medication because anti-depressants are known to clear your mind and leave you with a feeling of somewhat happiness but no personality (therefore, dumb.) "I'm not like them, but I can pretend" is a representation of this, showing how meds can help you go along with the crowd but the drugs/pills are not actually changing you, they are just helping you pretend. "My heart is broke, but I have some glue" abides by that theme as well, showing how you are still the same broken person but you can to some extent hide it and pretend you are okay.
    courtneydiditon April 17, 2012   Link
  • +8
    General CommentThis is my opinion, and this is how i feel towards the song. This song is my bond to kurt, I feel exactly how he did.

    I'm not like them, but I can pretend
    -he knows he's different, so he's doing drugs feel like everyone else

    the sun is gone, but i have a light
    -a lighter for marijuana, something to stay up for, the high

    the day is done, but i'm having fun
    -being high is how he has fun

    i think i'm dumb, or maybe just happy
    -by doing drugs he knows he's either dumb for doing them, or happy because of them

    i think i'm just happy
    -he's high, he's happy

    my heart is broke, but i have some glue
    -he's sad and lonely, and drugs are his glue

    help me inhale, and mend it with you
    -he's doing drugs to make himself happy, to take his mind off his broken heart.

    we'll float around, and hang out on clouds
    -he's high, happy, up

    then we'll come down, and have a hangover
    -eventually, it goes away and he goes back to being sad and lonely

    skin the sun, fall asleep,
    -maybe referring to the hangover, he really loses me here, it makes him tired, cause weed really does.

    wish away, the soul is cheap,
    -refering to how drugs help his soul, and they cost money, and a soul should be priceless, but his only requires $20-$100 for weed

    lesson learned, wish me luck,
    -he learned something from his high? he's asking for you to wish he's happy?

    soothe the burn,
    -i always burn my fingers, he uses that as a metaphor, asking someone to soothe his burn from smoking weed, to help him so he doesn't need it anymore

    wake me up,
    -take him away from his false reality, make it so he doesn't need drugs anymore. he's asking for help, because he knows he is living a dream and he isn't really happy.

    ---then at the end----

    i think i'm dumb, or maybe just happy
    -he's reconsidering his life, his drugs

    i think i'm dumb
    -he realizes he's not really happy, he's stupid. he knows he is gaining nothing. he knows he's being stupid and killing himself, even if marijuana isn't fatal.



    kurt is my role model, although not a very good one. i respect him as an amazing musician, and i have never read any lyrics like his. his lyrics all have hidden meanings, he uses metaphors. email me with your thoughts on my song meanings, and yes he was killed. he attempted suicide one month before, heroin overdose.


    NoseDragonon August 11, 2002   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI understand I am on page 8, and that this probably won't be read, but I really want to get this off my chest:

    I don't really have much to say about the first verse. The second one I believe is about finding your refuge in drugs.

    "My heart is broke/I have some glue"
    Depression, obviously.

    "Help me inhale/mend it with you"
    Inhaling glue apparently gets you high, I've never done it, but whatever. You also inhale cocaine, etc. Doing drugs helps his heart "mend."

    Again, the third verse, I don't have much to say. The last verse is a repeat of the first, but with a little more on it.

    "I think I'm dumb, maybe just happy," I've always seen as "Am I really happy, or am I just oblivious to all the terrible, hurtful things around me? (Dumb)" In the first verse, he claims that he's just happy. At the end, he comes to the realization that there is no possible way that he's happy, and that he's just "dumb" to the things around him. Songs like this really make you wonder why this man never recieved any help. It's a damn shame he killed himself. Poor man. :[

    BulletProofJewFroon March 07, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI didn't read all of the prior opinions but the ones I did read referenced low self-esteem and such and, though I can certainly see how the superficially self-denigrating "I think I'm dumb" could be seen as self-loathing, I think it is more meant to insult those whom the subject deigns as being in contrast with his more realistic expectations.
    "I'm not like them but I can pretend" as far as I can tell referencing this realism (cynicism) and inability as a person of superior faculties of recognition (as I think this song is actually very self-laudatory) to generally concede to any degree of temporal (and unreasonable) optimism.
    This song is, I believe, a serenade to such visceral, illogical, and ephemeral joy and the awareness that trusting it is perilous and "dumb."

    "He who binds himself to joy
    Does the winged life destroy;
    But he who kisses the joy as it flies
    Lives in eternity's sunrise" -- William Blake
    original_andion April 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm not sure what it means. I think it means that he hates his life, but the way for him to feel better is to do drugs.
    MissNuckinFutzon April 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song is so hauntingly, beautiful, I just want to go up to Kurt and bow.

    The song is relatable and genius. "Dumbing" yourself down just to be like everyone else. To try to fit into everyone's happiness; thinking it will do the same to you. It's what we all do. Sometimes we become so ashamed of ourselves, that the very thought of us makes us sick.

    "The sun is gone, but I have a light." There's nothing left of him, but if he uses this artificial, fake light, then he'll regain his somewhat "happiness." Which is fake. It's like also saying "I'm pretty dumb for doing this but whatever, if it means that I get to be somewhat "happy" and people will see that, then so be it." He's given up with honesty of himself. He's given up in general, I should say.

    We've been there, even Kurt. He just couldn't handle it obviously. Like people say: "Sometimes you gotta fake it to make it."

    God bless him.
    aleciathedogon March 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentkurt didnt hate life, he might have been a depressed person for a while there but he loved life. he was a silly guy and always joked around. im not totally sure what the song is about.maybe every1 is right, its about trying to fit in, but maybe its about trying to live life to the fullest extenct you can. have fun. fuck everything and everybody that dissagres. follow your dream and never let any1 talk u out of what u belive in. DONT CHANGE FOR ANYBODY!!!
    kurtcobainchickon May 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSometimes when your actually happy, you feel dumb and giddy like a little kid. You sorta move away from your serious depressed state and become happy and dumb.
    Kegfloateron June 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalright, nosedragon, y do u keep refering to marijuana, when kurt's drug of choice was heroine, and anyway i think you're wrong about the meaning of the lyrics.
    floppyon August 16, 2002   Link

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