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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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    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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    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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    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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    May 26th, 2016 5:40pm report

    About believing and feeling you're one in all with all the people and the gods as one in the SUN, god Apollo of the old that has been slowly dragged down by LOVE again in the cycle of life and death. Willing to take the blame for burning anybody throughout the ages and the present time to become a fallen god, unknown to most, where ''All Apologies'' were given to his loved ones, being as one in the SUN with him for just a short moment in time. Always R.I.P KURT COBAIN


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    Jan 17th, 2015 1:54am report

    If you listen to the song, I think that you will see that it is written in sort of a sarcastic sense. Somebody was giving Kurt Cobain shit about what he was doing, and saying, and he is calling them on it. He is saying that he isn't going to sugarcoat anything and that is what I love about him. He isn't going to lie, he is telling people how it is! Thanks for reading! I <3 NIRVANA!!


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    Nov 17th, 2014 11:34pm report

    I think that he was trying to say that he can only be himself and that's all he'll ever be. and he is saying that he can't change himself and he's stating maybe sarcastically that he's sorry that he can't change himself.


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    Oct 18th, 2014 10:09pm report

    Fact- this song was written in-1990 look it up.trust me I was alive then. This is way before his death, marriage, or being raped by music industry.
    although Kurt was just fine with you interpreting his lyrics the way you wanted, he did have personal meaning to songs- even if they weren't always "deep". He didnt feel he "have the right" to tell you how to feel when he didnt even know how to feel anymore
    Sometimes he used words that sounded good in ways that only he understood, but that doesn't mean you cant decipher some of hos lyrics.
    This song is about a couple of things. You have to look at in context tho.
    First, he is saying sorry. Sorry he cant be happy/"easily amused" like he believes most are with trappings of world.
    Second he is sorry/apologizing to people he has hurt (Including himself) from his heroin/use. I'm not proud of it but as an ex heroin addict it is easy to relate.
    "Nest of salt" is reference to herion. "Aqua seafoam shame" is guilt of using.
    "Sunburn freeze burn" is rock in hard place/fucked situation he got himself into.
    He knows"everything is his fault" and he will " take all the blame".
    And "all in all/alone" is all he has become, "we" in reference to himself/alterego/boddah. He is "married" to Heroin and he knows he is going to be "burried" by it, in live and death. For this is sorry" all apologies".
    Also to note Kurt also suffered from bronchitis and a stomach condition similar to irritable bowel system drone. Look at penroyal's tea ending where he talks about cherry laxatives and antacids. Antacids for stomach laxatives for constipation from heroin use. "Choking on ashes of her enemy" more likely just word play but may have something to due with bronchitis/long term cigarette use. Not sure bout that one.
    What I am sure of is you have to use context. Its okay to have YOUR own interpretation. Busy if your going to pass it off as Kurt's be factually accurate at least. True me, depression and heroin/ drug abuse consumed this mans life. His best friend Krist even said reason for his suicide was drug abuse and lack of coping skills, and is has always been accurate in reference to Kurt and doesn't j
    speak much about it for over two decades now.
    Kurt was talented out the ass. But he wasnt a god. Very imperfect, but refreshingly unique. He looked for way out in drugs but like all of us addicts never find it there.
    Its hard to choose life and maybe Kurt no doubt worsened his chemical imbalance by using herion long term. Unfortuanly I have felt that pain and suicide seemed like a viable option . I'm just glad I did t make a permanent situation out of a very intense temporary situation.
    May God have mercy on your soul Kurt!


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    Aug 31st, 2014 8:43am 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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    Aug 31st, 2014 8:36am 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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    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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    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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    Dec 9th, 2013 12:20am report

    It's an old song. Pre-courtney.


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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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