"Sifting" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Afraid to grade
Wouldn't it be fun
Cross says floss
Wouldn't it be fun
Wet your bed
Wouldn't it be fun
Sun felt numb
Wouldn't it be fun

Your eyes
Teacher said
Your eyes
Teacher said
Your eyes
Teacher said
The Preacher said

Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you

Spell the smell
Wouldn't it be fun
Search for a church
Wouldn't it be fun
Wet your bed
Wouldn't it be fun
Colt ain't cold
Wouldn't it be fun

Your eyes
Teacher said
Your eyes
Teacher said
Your eyes
The Preacher said
The Preacher said

Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you

Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you
Don't have nothing for you


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"Sifting" as written by Kurt Cobain Guy Chadwick

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  • +3
    General CommentKurt uses child-like rhymes and his own nonsense to portray his hatred of authority figures, with personal experiences added.
    RehersedInsanityon August 24, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti like how when the song opens up with the palm muting it sounds like your walls are gonna cave in, it vibrates your speakers and everything. i love palm muting, and too bad this is the only album nirvana does that for the most part. bleach is a great album, stunningly simple and the solos are almost dumb in some of the songs, especially floyd the barber, but it still sounds really good. nirvanas other albums were good and have never been replicated, but this one is different. i read in a review once that its more like a force than actual music you know. i think bleach is my favorite album, for a long time i didnt have a favorite nirvana album, but i think that has changed.
    wally the walruson June 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with rehersedinsanity. cobain used a lot of (painful) childhood experiences as lyrical inspiration, especially on bleach. but i think these kind of nostalgic childhood songs are usually funny... or not as serious as they could be. the line "wet your bed, wouldn't it be fun?" keeps it from getting too serious. likewise... the song "school" is musically very angry, violent, and ardent ... but the lyrics are so dumb. ("you're in high school again... no recess!")
    once_i__on July 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think personifythelies is right about overanalyzing the music, just enjoy it and find a meaning that fits u is wut i say. To me this song is a drug reference. The line "your eyes..." is what made me think this at first cause when u get stoned usually ur eyes get red. And then the lines "teacher said" and "preacher said" kinda push that idea cause it's not that unbelieveable for a teacher, preaher or some other authority figure questioning u if they thought u were on drugs. i don't know that just wut i think....
    queenjaneon April 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgreed. Don't overanalyze anything Kurt does. He brags about saying something and then saying it again differently. He does this over and over in almost every song. Sifting is a classic... the whole song is just a few repeated lyrics but none are repeated the same. Listen to it.

    Don't have nothing for you. Don't let him come in for you. Don't have nothing for you... don't let him come in for you. Don' t have nothing for you.

    Cross says floss. Cross says FALSE. Wouldn't it be fun?

    It's your own crossword puzzle.

    It's whatever you want it to be.
    Timaayon September 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI actually agree with one person finally. Dont try to analyze his songs.Enjoy what he has left behind.

    Goodbye
    Milk-It 411on February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my all time favorite nirvana song. There is no way anyone can sit and tell what he meant in any song some seem obvious others not so obvious. Thats the great thing about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain you can get several different meanings from every song. It depends on the traumas, life experiences, and views of the individual. Thats why Nirvana is so popular in such a widespread group. The generation that thrives to be different from everyone and everything. Nirvana is different and can mean so many different things to so many different people. They made me feel like I wasnt alone in all my flaws and differences. Dont hide them celebrate them. For the influence Nirvana has given me is the best gift I have. A lot of people think Im nuts for a band to influence and impact my life so much and others know how I feel because they touched them in a different way. We all have our own values of Nirvana and what it means so lets all take pride that we got to have ownership in these feelings and Nirvana was a part of our lives and will continue to be forever!!!!
    graceofeden2002on November 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is classic grunge, and so is the whole bleach album, how can anyone say it is rubbish?
    Kurt was obviously stoned when he wrote this song, yet I believe the song has benefitted from this anyway!
    the little sentences, e.g. "Wed your bed" and "Afraid to grade" compliment the grunge riff
    The lyric is "Wed" your bed, not "Wet" the song is ultimately about people who have mental illnesses like phobia's and compulsions
    stezzaon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStezza, first of all; Bleach is more hesher rock. The Melvins are given credit for being the #1 influence on NIRVANA's original playing style. Grunge was a concept created by Green River and The Melvins, together spawning Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, Mookie Blaylocke, and now Pearl Jam. Personally, I think people over-think these things. Don't ruin the music by trying to understand it, just enjoy it. After all, Kurt Cobain himself said (in an interview) that people keep coming up with ellaborate meanings for his songs, when most of them are just pieces of poetry he wrote or mindless garble- garbage. Just enjoy the music. :)
    PersonifyTheLieson January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttrying things to see what its like? drugs?
    themuffinmankillson April 14, 2006   Link

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