"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 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 Commentthis = josh's favorite song off of bleach, then its love buzz. even though thats only a cover
    jkcclarkie27on September 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the best of Bleach, often overlooked.
    GreyGooseon February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this is song is about two people in love... a rich posh girl and a poor guy whos into smoking and that. 'keeps the cigarettes close to his heart'
    'keeps the photograph close to her heart'
    the girls is completely in love with him but he likes to pretend he is only interested in other things
    'she loves him more than he will ever know'
    'he loves he more than he will ever show'
    kk
    just a thought


    btw kurt kicks arse... being different is kool
    themuffinmankillson March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe i am only 8 years old? i can spell cool whatever way i like and its only an opinion you dont have to go and bite me for it
    themuffinmankillson April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1) Kurdt Kobain loved mispellings as is seen through his jounals and his misspelling of "Heroine"
    2) Kurt worked very hard for his music to become popular, and be so called "cool." It was the elitist punk attitude you so nicely are demonstrating that preventing him from admiting this, adding to his spiral of contradictions. If you read anything he's written you can see the internal conflict he harbors of being accepted, becoming famous AND staying true to his punk roots.

    So please, leave the poor chatspeak kid alone.

    PS: "In Bloom" is a great song. ^^
    Teenage_ainxton May 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust a small comment about a couple of the lines.
    "Keeps his cigarettes close to his heart". I always took this to have a dual meaning. Firstly, that he literally keeps his cigarettes close to his heart (in the front pocket of his shirt or jacket). But also in contrast to "she" mentioned in the next line, "he" (typical male who can't even directly express real emotions) doesn't care much about sentimental things like photos. Simple and sort of silly, but one of my favorite Nirvana songs and one of my all time favorites.
    RevCoitusInteruptuson August 21, 2006   Link

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