Nirvana: Breed Meaning
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Care if I'm old
I don't mind [x5]
Mind, don't have a mind
Get away [x4]
Away, away from your home
I'm afraid [x5]
Afraid, afraid of a ghost
Even if you have
Even if you need
I don't mean to stare
We don't have to...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:
Righteous is right. The working title was Immodium.
You ppl have to realize that you can't fully understand anything kurt ever wrote up until In Utero fully, because Kurt wrote about meaningless things and intentionally contradicted his statements. He would write a few sincere lines and then go and mess the meaning all up with weird, space lyrics. That's just the way Kurt liked art.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:
This is actually a much easier song to dissect than most of his work. Kurt is desperate to love and be loved, and feels that his best chance is to offer what he thinks most women want: security (we can plant a house, we can build a tree), but he doesn't want children if she doesn't. She doesn't care, because she isn't looking for anything specific (I don't really care, we could have all 3 she said)
anonymous Dec 27th 2016 report
I think this song is about having child.He thinks that he was confuse with having child,he cant think about it.....but he says that she said good to his openion...
anonymous Sep 6th 2009 report
As I feel that most of Nirvana's songs are artistically ambiguous, I have my own interpretation of Breed. To me, it's about a guy who is infatuated with a girl and will do anything to have her, including forgoing sexual urges and (desperately) suggesting that they can "plant a house" and "build a tree," but the girl is ultimately uninterested ("I don't even care / We can have all three"). The second verse replacing "We can have all three" with "We don't have all three" can be a hint that they did eventually get together but the guy didn't keep true to his promises.
I Like Cobain went threw my parents having a bad divorce. When I was younger( before puberty) I asked my father why my mom and him decided to have kids if their relationship was shaky. The fact that Kurt song says "We don't have to breed is telling his listeners to not breed and have kids with out knowing if your going to be there for them. Cobain and I wish our parents wouldn't have had us or at least been more committed before doing so. Ge tells us that sex followed by divorce messes up the child.
I was thinking what this line means:
"we can have all three", she said!
if what Righteous (the one above me) has said is true, it can be like this: in the rest of lyric the guy is talking to the girl (who goes to church and deals with religion and ghosts) that she should run away from home with him and they can live together in a house, and have tree (loving nature as a teenage) but not a child.
Her answer is positive and she adds (for their imaginary life) that they can have all three: house (place for living), tree (nature) and children.
in fact this song is about makin a family.
its a hopeful song and not about misery or obssesion or despair.
anonymous Jan 8th 2007 report
this song seems to address a desperate approach to a runaway or homeless mans desire to get out of a bad situation. excepting an inadequate offering or compromise of social acceptability, life's building blocks, and relationship to a female without breeding his bad genetics. a tough life not to continue into the next generation. strange take on this but this is a typical fractured cobain style song with no de-coder.
anonymous May 4th 2006 report
I think that this song is Kurt's opinion of sex and the whole "macho man" thing. It's possibly about a man's/his obssesion with sex. Or it could be him taking a sarcastic look at the obsession with getting laid.
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