"Swap Meet" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
They lead a lifetime that is comfortable
They travel far to keep their stomachs full
They make their living off of arts and crafts
They kind with seashells driftwood and burlap
They make a deal when they come to town
The Sunday swap meet is a battle ground
She loves him more than he will ever know
He loves her more than he will ever show
Keeps his cigarettes close to his heart
Keeps her photographs close to her heart
Keeps the bitterness close to the heart

They lead a lifetime that is comfortable
They travel far to keep their stomachs full
They make their living off of arts and crafts
The kind with seashells, driftwood and burlap
They make a deal when they come to town
The Sunday swap meet is a battle ground
She loves him more than he would ever know
He loves her more than he would ever show

Keeps his cigarettes close to his heart
Keeps her photographs close to her heart
Keep the bitterness close to the heart

They lead a lifetime that is comfortable
They travel far to keep their stomachs full
They make their living off of arts and crafts
The kind with seashells, driftwood and burlap
They make a deal when they come to town
The Sunday swap meet is a battle ground
She loves her more than he would ever know
He loves her more than he would ever show

Keeps his cigarettes close to his heart
Keeps her photographs close to her heart
Keep the bitterness close to the heart


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"Swap Meet" as written by Kurt Cobain

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    General CommentThis song is about a small town like Kurt's where people buy, trade, and sell stuff. Kind of like a flea market. It is also about two people who are in love with each other, but won't admit it to one another.
    NoseDragonon August 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so cool. Its cool because out of all the things at this swap meet that theyre willing to sell theyre not willing to sell things that really mean something to them...like ciggarettes and photographs. i love this song.
    ventpunkgirlon August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was also used in the bands humorous, first biography for Geffen Records. Kurt and Chris were said to have met at "The Grays Harbor Institute of Northwest Crafts." Chris is described as having a passion for "gluing seashells and driftwood on burlap" and said " I liked what Kurt was doing. I asked him what his thoughts were on a macaroni mobile I was working on. He suggested I glue glitter on it. That really made it!"
    RehersedInsanityon August 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere do u know that from rehersedins. ??

    to me it sounds like rich people, maybe rockstars, that are so into the unimportant things in life (like food, seashells..) they never get to tell each other how much they actually mean to eachother....

    quite sad.
    annion August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is most likely about a swap meet where people go to trade, buy, and sell and there is two people there who are in love but do not want to say.
    itisallgoneon March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm sorry for changing the subject but does anyone else notice that the songs off of the black album have more comments and yet the people only commenting on those songs say that they are Nirvana Freaks? Just wondering
    buddah_452on May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea this is one of my favorote songs along with drain you, and floyd the barber. yea i noticed that too, how theres like less then 20 posts for stuff not on the black album, but like 150 for songs that are. i think songs about what people truely value, and are not willing to sell, and the fact that people could go for a lifetime not expressing what they truely feel, which makes them bitter because they are afraid to take a risk and get shot down.
    typicalwhiteguyxon January 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a couple, who are young and poor, and are finding it hard to survive. They learn to value and truly appreciate the not-so glamourous things in life, as they learn from their own experiences.
    stezzaon January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta "white trash" love song of sorts, ostensibly about a poverty-stricken couple's shared passions, layrics suck as, "she loves him more then he will ever know/he loves her more then he will ever show", are a reflection of Cobain;s own relationship with Tracy Marander.
    convulsionon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me this song means that through out kurts youth he was never in a solid house, it just means that he had to keep moving to live, he couldn't handle stillness
    loveshotcobainon July 09, 2005   Link

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