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Nirvana: All Apologies Meaning

Song Released: 1993


All Apologies Lyrics

What else should I be
All apologies
What else could I say
Everyone is gay
What else could I write
I don't have the RIGHT
What else should I be
All apologies

In the sun
In the sun I feel as one
In the sun
In the...

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    nirvanalover
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    Apr 17th, 2006 4:46pm report


    This song is written for Frances and Courtney but has nothing to do with them. The song is about Kurt's loss of interest with the rock and roll world, an apology for all the fake passion. Lyrics like aqua sea foam shame refers probaly to his shame of how commercial Nevermind was. Though, that's what he wanted of his inner conflict with the world this was Kurt's way of saying goodbye.



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    anonymous
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    May 6th, 2007 5:20pm report


    Kurt Cobain never really said the true meanings of his song. People have come up with many different opinions about its meaning and all of them can be true, but the truth is no one will ever know the true meaning of this song unless he told them. My opinion which I think is also a very good opinion is that Kurt Cobain never wanted to become a mainstream band. He just wanted to be a little garage band having fun, singing, playing guitar with his friends… He obviously eventually did and I think that’s why he wrote it. He wrote this song right before he died and I think he wrote because of his lost in interest with the band. In the song I think he expresses a lot sorrow and pain for Courtney Love and all his fans such as the lyrics “aqua seafoam shame, and sunburn with frezerburn”. I think this song means that he’s sorry for letting everyone down, that he’s sorry for ruining Courtney Love’s life and he doesn’t know a better way of telling the world how he feels then by doing what he does best, writing music.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 22nd, 2006 3:23pm report


    It's about how he got Courtney Love hooked on drugs.

    easily amused--when high

    my nest of salt--its his drug she found

    his fault--it was his fault she is hooked

    take the blame--he knows she first did it with him

    aqua seafoam shame--describeing his guilt--he is blue

    sunburn with freezer burn--when she is high his guilt makes him feel bad, he becomes...
    "freezer burned"--ashamed--blue/cold

    ashes of her enemy--proof he knows drugs do her harm

    all in all is all we are--they are both stars who are hooked on drugs....

    He actually explains his guilt in the first verse...but that is done vaguely



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    anonymous
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    Aug 31st, 07:43 report


    Maybe "sun" is a metaphor for fame. Being in the light of the societies eyes. Everything about your life being illuminated. idk. In some sense he wanted to be famous and liked fame (note: in some sense, implying mixed feelings) so the rest of the lyric (...I feel as one) refers to a fulfilled destiny. "choking on the ashes of her enemy" - his was talking about his own death. He already had suicide in his mind. (Ashes is linked to cremation and therefore to death. Obviously.)Anyway, I need to find less depressing ***** to analyze. lol



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    anonymous
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    Aug 31st, 07:36 report


    I listened to the song a gazillion times and thought probably it is about fame. The ending lyrics "all in all is all we are" maybe meant they/him/the band was summed up and simplified by people. As if he wasn't reaching people and really understanding what he was trying to say. In terms of values or just anything. A lot of his songs give them to open and subjective interpretations more than the work of other artists (you know maybe). He even said some of his lyrics were just "garble, just nonsense" but that's partially true and self-depreciating.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 15th, 2014 1:54am report


    Kurt Cobain was clearly a genius. But, as they say, 'wasted genius is almost a cliche' or --- 'genius is a dime a dozen.' Go to your local college; if you stick around a semester or two, you'll get to know a couple genius' for damn certain. But, if you go to MIT, you'll get to know, unfortunately, such hyper-intelligent imbeciles you'll wish your mother had been an active alcoholic while you were in her womb, thereby eliminating any latent possibility of ever one day getting accepted into MIT in the first place! Phew! How's that for satirical bombast?

    I adore the line: "Found my nest of salt/Everything is my fault." As I brilliant creator with Bi-Polar illness he was given to long, infernal bouts with chronic depression--and-the main symptom of chronic depression is excessive guilt. He clearly suffered terribly from time to time and was working it all out with his art. But, the darkness, unfortunately for all of us, overcame him, was just too much for him, and he "Took arms against a sea of troubles/and by opposing end them."--He committed suicide. Such desperate acts are more than a little common among the artistic types. Art is rarely understand by the general populace and this can--or, rather, does quite efficiently--cause extreme alienation and loneliness among most artists--everywhere. But, especially in America where Kanywa West considers himself a musical genius--well, any and all Hip-Hoppers actually consider themselves musically gifted (and are considered so by their terminally adolescent idolaters) and American Idol(ers) are considered true artists!?! WTF!?!

    We've all missed out on what Cobain might have done with his prodigious creativity the rest of his life. It's irresistibly thrilling to entertain the possibility of an AfterLife where Kurt, at this very moment, might be collaborating with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, not for profit or gain, but for sheer joy.....

    "Every Artist is a cannibal/Every poet is a thief/All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief."



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    anonymous
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    Dec 30th, 2013 12:11am report


    Personally, I think it's about killing yourself and feeling depressed and everything that goes along with that, but with lyrical distortion from drugs like marijuana or heroin.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 9th, 2013 12:20am report


    It's an old song. Pre-courtney.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 1st, 2013 9:20pm report


    It's about bipolar. After being diagnosed with bipolar as a teen two years ago, I understand with the ups and downs Kurt had. As a huge Nirvana fan, I can relate to pretty much all their songs. In Utero was Nirvana's last song before he killed himself, leaving Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love behind. It means...I'm such a spaz...I'm sorry for my mood swings...I'm not good enough...I'm an outcast...I'm leaving you all behind...You'll be better without me...God I love this song. ^^ Oh, and stop saying stuff like "RIP Kurt!" That's like saying "RIP George Washington." -_-



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    anonymous
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    Aug 31st, 2013 8:20pm report


    I think the great thing about Kurt is that he speaks in different ways to different people. This song (my favorite song of all time) means to me to be myself.

    What else should I be?
    What else should I say?
    What else should I write?

    I can only be me.

    And the feelings people have (especially Kurt) about hating themselves, being depressed, the feelings everybody feels between the ages 7 and 75.

    I wish I was like you.
    Everything's my fault
    I'll take all the blame.

    And I think the chorus is about people being happy with themselves

    In the sun I feel as one.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 18th, 2013 7:40pm report


    kurt cobain was an idealist ... idealism is connected to narcism ... so I think most of his lyrics are around the same topic ... how people should interact with each other / behave, how the world could or should look like, should should .... he's always trying to find harmony ('ideal state' ~ idealism, narcism) of how things should work or the world should look like ...

    however thats not how the world or nature functions, the world and society is composed of egoistic people concentrating on themselves rather on the whole picture. an animal will eat an other animal if it has too ... however ... kurt thinks: 'It's okay to it fish' (song: something in the way)

    i think i can see that underlying principles in a lot of his songs , maybe only I do ... narcistic loner that I am


    look at his final letter ...

    however also recognize that we are livin in a narcistic society, people using and misusing each other ... either you become someone who struggles cause of that, simply being sad or you become a beer-drinking-sexistic, village idiot!!! (one thing kurt once mentioned)

    or maybe it's just Attention-defency-syndrom , Kurt suffered from, me suffered from!?



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    anonymous
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    Apr 5th, 2013 4:19am report


    This is my way of interpreting this song:

    The first verse is a statement of no longer seeing future in his band, lucking inspiration and not being able to get satisfied by writing music anymore.

    I think the sun is refering to happiness, maybe he wants to say that getting married and having a family was the only light in his life.

    The second verse is about all his negative feelings. "I wish I was like you easily amused" this lyric is refering to his depression and how it was wearing him down in an extent of wanting to be like everyone else around, happy. "Everything is my fault, I'll take all the blame" he is making clear (to courtney and frances probably, or to everyone) that it's nobody's fault that he is so sad and can't enjoy his life, cause it all comes from within his own mind.

    all in all is all we are, i can't get this one.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 3rd, 2013 1:06am report


    I've made poetry many times and it came out like this. Just random stuff that didn't make any logical sense, but was very easy to do. What it was was just random feelings comming out intuitively. It could be that he just made a bunch of stuff up like that to make the deadline. It is possible that it didn't mean much. Or, it could have been him just sharing random stuff. But, I've seen interviews with him saying lots of it meant nothing. I hate that. I want it to mean something, but it is what it is. We'll never know for sure. He was hard to get to know.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 30th, 2012 12:50am report


    Its a quite sad song and when I myself listen to it i really can relate to it because some people came to the point that they think all the things they are doing good or bad are wrong, i guess at that time Kurdt flet like that,he was sorry that he is doing wrong but he knows he cant do anything about it,he is overwhelmed and wants to be anyone else but Kurt cobain
    it can be about anything. Kurt made this song somehow that some of the people can relate to it and think about it as they like
    in his case i guess he was sorry that he wanted to leave Courtney and Frances but he didnt know which is better, leaving or staying cuz in his mind he thought if he staus with them he would somehow ruin their life
    And kurts songs did not always have true meanings,he never wanted his lyrics be analysed,but yet he had deeper meanings in some songs
    and some were just for you to figure out the meaning you like



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    anonymous
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    Dec 30th, 2012 12:43am report


    Its a quite sad song and when I myself listen to it i really can relate to it because some people came to the point that they think all the things they are doing good or bad are wrong, i guess at that time Kurdt flet like that,he was sorry that he is doing wrong but he knows he cant do anything about it,he is overwhelmed and wants to be anyone else but Kurt cobain
    it can be anout anything. Kurt made this song somehow that some of the people can relate to it and think about it as they like
    in his case i guess he was sorry that he wanted to leave Courtney and Frances but he didnt know which is better, leaving or staying cuz in his mind he thought if he staus with them he would somehow ruin their life
    And kurts song did not always have true meanings,he never wanted his lyrics be analysed,but yet he had deeper meanings in some songs
    and some were just for you to figure out the meaning you like



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    anonymous
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    Nov 8th, 2012 11:06am report


    This song is real simple; it’s about Kurt Donald Cobain’s lack of being able to love someone therefore, no one can be in-love with him. So Kurt is apologizing for “being himself “ that so many people loved.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 9th, 2012 7:29pm report


    In my humble opinion, it's a suicide note written like a nursery rhyme. Imagine Kurt on the floor playing with his daughter and just feeling overwhelmingly guilty for anything and everything. I think it's a big picture song. The words were not intended to be broken down into debatable realistic ideas.



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    natez
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    May 31st, 2012 5:43am report


    Sorry this may come off as over-analyzing or superstitious but I hope you'll take me seriously when I tell you what this song means to me and, I believe, for everyone. I had a pretty intense experience in the days directly before and after I came upon this and all of a sudden all the words (which I've always heard everyone say make no sense) made sense.
    The last verse of 'On a Plain' lets us in to the message he was giving. "It is now time to make things unclear, to write off lines that don't make sense... One more special message to go and then I'm done and I can go home" Home is to heaven (in the sun I feel as one, married, buried). This is the second "special message", All Apologies. All in all is all we are, over and over and over again he says it. We are all One, all souls are parts of the whole which is God (John 17:21-23).
    'Come as You Are' is written from the Father of all children as a message to them to come. Reread the song from this perspective. Look at Luke 15:11-32, the story of the prodigal son. Come doused in mud or soaked in bleached, the dirty "sinners" and the pure of heart. What do you feel when we know someone has a gun? Fear. Don't be afraid to come before the goodness of goodness, there's only deeper peace for you. You can take forever but the sooner the better, there's only higher truth to know. The memory is where we all came from, the absolute before we were planted into a body.
    Smells like Teen Spirit is written from peoples view, they prefer to be in the dark, fearful and just want to be entertained. That's why everyone loved it and why Kurt said he didn't understand why Pennyroyal Tea wasn't a hit, because it was about the same thing. The last line that he yells, "A denial" is exactly what it is (check out 'House of Cards' by Radiohead). We were meant to live in freedom and love, not trapped in this material bulls--t, self-serve, stress inducing world we seem so attached to. Kurt set into motion the 90's, a great time where anyone could have a song on the radio and being modest was cool.



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