"Downer" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Portray sincerity
Act out of loyalty
Defend your true country
Wish away the pain
Hand out lobotomies
To save little families
Surrealistic fantasy
Bland boring plain

Hold me down in restitution
Living out your date with fusion
Is the whole fleece shun in master?
Don't feel guilty, master writing

Somebody said that they're not much like I am
I know I can
Make enough of the words for you to follow along
I sink and then some

Slippery pessimist hypocrite master
Conservative communist apocalyptic bastard
Thank you dear God for putting me on this earth
I feel very privileged in debt for my thirst

Hold me down in restitution
Living out your date with fusion
Is the whole fleece shun in master?
Don't feel guilty, master writing

Somebody said that they're not much like I am
I know I can
Make enough of the words for you to follow along
I sink and then some


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"Downer" as written by Kurt Cobain

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    My InterpretationPortray sincerity
    Act out of loyalty
    Defend your free country
    Wish away the pain
    Hand out lobotomies
    To save little families
    Surrealistic fantasy
    Bland boring plain
    (Describes the Kennedy family and Frances Farmer, JFK's death and the need for a Vietnam war to carry out the cold war but not being epic enough)

    Hold me down in restitution (Surrendering after a struggle)
    Living out your date with fusion (Implies forces at work that are predetermined)
    Is the whole fleece shun in master? (A sense of duty from higher power)
    Don't feel guilty, master writing (Deism)

    Somebody thought that they're not much like I am
    I know I can
    Make enough of the words you go along
    I sing your song
    (Trying to empathize and ultimately epitomize with the audience)

    Sickening pessimist hypocrite master
    (Corrupt Nanny State; do as I say not as I do with a malicious medical theme)
    Conservative communist apocalyptic bastard
    (An absolute authoritarian state; the mark of the beast is proposing all mankind be connected through implanted scan-able microchips banking and religion)
    Thank you dear God for putting me on this earth (damnation)
    I feel very privileged in debt for my thirst
    (I feel very frivolous. death in mind, Nurse!)

    Living in a society where your born into debt is why this song is called downer because a free country wouldn't need defending. An obligation to serve yet the the true purpose is evil
    jakelistenon March 31, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentKurt Cobains Attempt at a Political Song.
    Stevierrwon June 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalso frances farmer wrote an essay in school that won her a competition and made people think she was an aetheist and a communist you should read into her very intresting story.
    Sheon June 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwoooh this song rokks rather lots =)
    rokker_fairyon October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think these lyrics are incorrect. Bland, boring, plain - should be the last line of the first paragraph, there are probably more wrong lyrics,but im not goin to point them out. "bad boy, fight." i dont think so.
    floppyon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree on the lyrics. This was originally one of Kurt's "Fecal Matter" songs, it is the Bleach song with the longest history
    RehersedInsanityon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is possibly my favourite Nirvana song, but some of the lyrics are definitely wrong. Of course, Kurt's lyrics are ofter hard to decipher. This is an example of his perfect genius.
    Lougolason March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti didnt even know the lyrics till i got the book.......good book....i read it in a day......yea the song kicks ass........the way he sings it kinda reminds me of what someone would think an acid trip would be like
    gimmie an fon May 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti didnt even know the lyrics till i got the book.......good book....i read it in a day......yea the song kicks ass........the way he sings it kinda reminds me of what someone would think an acid trip would be like
    gimmie an fon May 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes, these lyrics are slightly off...
    "bland boring plain" and
    "make enough of the words for you to follow along, I sink and then some"
    should be the right lyrics.
    fuhgawzon June 27, 2003   Link

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