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!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!

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

Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!

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

Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!

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

Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!
Grandma take me home!

I wanna be alone!


Lyrics submitted by knate15, edited by MercuryM

"Sliver" as written by Kurt Cobain

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  • +12
    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
  • +3
    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
  • +1
    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 28, 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
  • +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 11, 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 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSome commentary on the name.
    A sliver is ofcourse, a very small strand of material that penetrates the skin. Without proper treatment, it becomes infected and festers inside of you.
    So naturally, his childhood has done the same thing.
    Thank you for listening to this blatant fact.
    DavidSpoonon May 28, 2004   Link

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