"Sliver" as written by and Kurt Cobain....
Mom and dad went to a show
They dropped me off at Grandpa Joe's
I kicked and screamed, said please don't go

Grandma take me home

Had to eat my dinner there
Mashed potatos and stuff like that
I couldn't chew my meat too good

She said, well, don't you start your crying
Go outside and ride your bike
That's what I did, I killed my toe

After dinner, I had ice cream
I fell asleep and watched TV
I woke up in my mother's arms

Grandma take me home
I wanna be alone

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"Sliver" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +11
    General CommentLot of people saying it's self-explanatory and straightforward, I'm not so sure it is.

    I don't know if it's just me but every time I've heard this song I've thought "I wonder what really happened?". Is Kurt being deliberately evasive and choosing not to mention something genuinely significant that happened at his grandparents' house that day, instead focusing on mundane details like what he had for dinner? Did one of them die, or do something they shouldn't have, or was it the day his parent's split up?

    The song intrigues me because of what it DOESN'T say, especially in the time between him falling asleep and waking in his mother's arms. It leaves me puzzled and curious, and the effect is probably greater than it would be if he had explicitly explained it in the lyrics.

    Then again, it might just be about him being fed up at his grandparents' house.
    Jodamuon April 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMetaphor. Both parents lefted, dumped him at grandma's, mom came back.
    NoseDragonon September 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think everyone can relate to this song though. I had an experience a while ago, my parents dropped me off at my grandparents to go out, I had to spend the night there, I had mashed potatoes, wanted to go home, I didn't hurt my toe but I did hurt my finger, I watched TV, fell asleep, and woke up in my mothers arms. It was so wierd. haha. My first words that morning when I woke up was "Nirvana" lol.

    Anyways, The song itself is quite self explanitory. It's a fun song with a great musical sound. The name "Sliver" does confuse alot of people! For the longest time I thought it was called "Silver" I then figured out it wasnt, felt like a dumbass, told my friend, he said "wow, I've been wrong for the past 6 years" He thought it was silver too. I'm sure theres tons of people that Kurt tricked with the word and they feel like dumbasses too. haha.
    OnlyInDreams126on November 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBecause Kurt had ADD or some other condition where he was an uncontrolable child his mother sent him to his grandparents because she was tired of putting up with him. Kurt then ran away and lived on the streets. (I thought I remember reading this, it could be inacurate.)
    Snatch518on April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs a child, Kurt was always being shuffled to live with someone else. I believe that is what this song reflects.
    GrungeDiscipleon June 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMid-1990 was a curious time for Nirvana. They considered Bleach to be a personal - if not commercial - success, touring had given them a worldwide reputation as a band to watch and a music industry buzz was growing louder by the week. But when Kurt and Krist decided to let Chad Channing go, the old drummer problems resumed. Who would be that all-important drum-bashing third of the Nirvana triad? The answer, for one B-side and one tremendously pivotal Seattle show at the Motorsports International Venue was Dan Peters, who had come from the temporarily defunct Mudhoney and would go on to the Screaming Trees and back to Mudhoney after his few days with Nirvana.

    Peter's brief stint happened to coincide with the band's need to record an A-side for its final Sub Pop singly, but. while it's Peters's drumming that powers 'Sliver', its Tad Doyle's drums that are being played. In July of 1990, Tad was working in the studio with Jack Endino. It was during these sessions that Cobain, with Endino's cooperation, decided to employ some guerrilla recording tactics. The plan was that when Tad took a dinner break, Nirvana would dash into the studio and use the downtime to bash out the fundamentals of their track on Tad's equipment. Doyle was not at all happy with the idea, but finally acquiesced when Endino assured him that he would allow none of Nirvana's customary instrument bashing while they were in the studio. So, on July 11, 1990, while Tad supped, Nirvana bashed out most of 'Sliver' in a little over an hour.

    The song seems a more delicate thing than its recording background might indicate, because the frightening child's-eyes tale it relates is so resonant. Here, Truly, was the first track in which Cobain demonstrated his full, astonishing talents as a song writer. In just a few words set against an exhilarating mix of grinding guitar and sunny, sing-along melody, Cobain captured - and made a listener re-experience - all the night-terrors of an unhappy childhood. With a simple pleading chorus ("Grandma take me home") sung in first a deadened, exhausted voice and then screamed, Cobain brought it all back - the feelings of being small, powerless and at the mercy of people who don't understand what you want. Even those with the happiest of childhoods might remember times when the world, and the people around them, seemed all wrong.

    Unfortunately for Cobain, this song - though not autobiographical - required little imagination. His parents' divorce and the shuttling between relatives he had endured as a result were the key events that turned his relatively happy early childhood into one of insecurity and despondency.

    "Up until I was nine I felt I could become a rock star or astronaut or the president," Cobain told Robert Hillburn of the Los Angeles times in a 1993 interview. "I had total freedom and a lot of love and support from my family - at least on my Mom's side. [After the divorce] I was embarrassed and became really detached and quiet. My mom would take me to school and I wouldn't even look kids in the eye. I knew everyone knew that I only had one parent. That isn't probably a big deal in a big town, but it is in a small town... I was a seriously depressed kid. Every night at one point I'd go to bed bawling my head off. I used to try to make my head explode by holding my breath, thinking if I blew up my head, they'd be sorry."
    terraryzinon March 22, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song reminds me of when my parents used to drop me off at my grandparents house. i hated it there so much. i just wanted to go home.
    NicoleInWonderlandon April 14, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe line 'Mashed potatos and stuff like that' always makes me laugh...lol just the way he says it. pretty nice song, self explanitory.
    blind_rockstaron June 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song is talking about Kurt's lack of security, as far as family goes. Kurt had constant problems with his parents during his life. As a teen, he went from home to home seeking paternal love and care. It seems to me that in this song the little boy never feels quite at home, even when he is in his mother's arms.
    Teen Spirit 87on July 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song kinda has a twist, cause you think that when he says grandma take me home he means i wanna be with my parents, but it turns out that when he is in his mothers arms that not home to him...being alone is
    iiharmonyiion May 27, 2004   Link

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