"School" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Wouldn't you believe it
It's just my luck
Wouldn't you believe it
It's just my luck
Wouldn't you believe it
It's just my luck
Wouldn't you believe it
It's just my luck

No recess
No recess
No recess

Wouldn't you believe it
It's just my luck
Wouldn't you believe it
It's just my luck
Wouldn't you believe it
It's just my luck
Wouldn't you believe it
It's just my luck

No recess
No recess
No recess

You're in high school again
You're in high school again
You're in high school again
You're in high school again

You're in high school again
You're in high school again
You're in high school again
You're in high school again

No recess
No recess
No recess

No recess
No recess
No recess
No recess


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"School" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +9
    General CommentI remember that Kurt Cobain hated being in school and he quit because of that. And then at some stage he felt like he was in school again, he wrote it into a letter to Dale Crover an old friend of his. He wrote "Fuck, Im in High school again! I want to move back to Aberdeen". That was talking of Olympia, where he had to work as a 'cleaning boy' at some place to make money..... He was with Tracy Marander at that time........ and she also had to work and always left notes with stuff for him to do.

    This should be correct looking at what he wrote in that letter. I am not sure what part of living there he thouhght was like highschool though....

    *anni*
    annion September 29, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentFor kurt school never really ended , in fact right after he dropped out , he became a janitor at his high school and saw all his classmates where still there . He felt depressed and ashamed by this experince , and when it came for kurt to become part of the grudge scene , it still was school to him , he had to make his music sound like everyone else's . Hence why kurt eventually hated the bleach record in retrospect . School is a place to learn and to socially fit in , kurt new how to learn and play by the rules but hated every second of it , thats what this song defines to me .
    Madatheearth88on June 16, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Commentit is about how the world falls into the same stupid patterns of high school no matter where you are
    FROST17on February 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about how the majority of people live in a cycle of getting screwed over and over again, and whenever a break or relief seems imminent, you find out you are stuck in high school, being pushed around and surrounded by fucking idiots who get off on judging you for stupid shit and not changing anything. There's no recess means there's no relief. Ever. Until you are dead, you will be find yourself surrounded by assholes over and over again. You will try your best, and find it's never enough, no matter what you achieve. You will be consumed.
    Grombloron July 31, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the "Won't you believe it. It's just my luck" and the "You're in high school again" lines are supposed to make the listener think he's talking about being in a social scene, and everything being shallow like high school, where you start as a freshman and get no respect and have to make friends with the right people to move up and all that.

    But then he throws "No recess" in, and it kind of just destroys all that meaning. It's like he's complaining about highschool because you don't get recess like you do in grade school. It strings the listener along into thinking there's some deeper meaning and then intentionally kills it. That's how a lot of Nirvana songs seem to be written.

    I think the guy who says it's about 9/11 is closer to the mark than anyone else.
    Clitoroidon November 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me this songs about how much school sucks, ecpically after grade school.
    KIM04on February 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKurt never fit in at his high school. That's really all this song is about. Read "Heavier Than Heaven" by Charles Cross and you can get the lowdown on just about any Nirvana song.
    cdconnon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentall the jocks liked kurt and wanted to be friends with him becuz all the chearleaders thought he was cute but he terned all them down becuz he rather go hang out with the losers in his highskool and smoke........so kurt really could of fit in but he didnt wanna......i think this is correct it was a quote from kurt i read once....please correct me if im wrong
    dUmBon August 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyour really really really really really really raelly really really wrong. and dumb. i think your dumb. maybe your just happy. no, probably just dumb. Yeah, he got picked on at school by the jocks, and he would spraypaint QUEER on their trucks. this song is about his travels to seattle and how everyone there acted like highschool, snubbing you if they didn't think you looked dumb enough. everyone was in their own groups,
    NoseDragonon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You're in High School again" is the correct lyric. It is comparing High School to the Seattle Scene, seeing as the "working title" was The Seattle Scene. It is also compared to Sub Pop.
    RehersedInsanityon August 25, 2002   Link

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