Not only do some artists use the same themes in a song over and over again, many artists use the same themes over and over again in different songs.
Lithium is a medication used by western psychiatrists to cure manic-depressive psychosis, also called bipolar psychosis. Mental disease is a problem, and bipolarity, good and evil, top and down, variations in intensity, are in the core of storytelling and the art of drama.
So already as a theme, lithium sounds dramatic. Does it sound obvious? We guess straight away there is irony here — especially because the tone on which it is sung does not sound happy — internal contradiction! Secondly, that is an expression of emotion and aims at finding empathy in the audience.
If so, what will be the future of this new friendship, we wonder? That might be the dramatic question. This combined with the loneliness makes the real catalyst: The Antagonist becomes obvious: Is it an actantial character? Is it a lover, a friend, the audience? We can not know — things stay open to interpretation, but those questions raise, at least implicitly.
We broke our mirrors This probable metaphor he does not mean it literally, does he? From now, we can consider that technically we are in the Act II, since the catalyst and dramatic question are already past.
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care… Another metaphor: The permanent contradiction inside each couple of verses becomes systematic and imitates the feeling of the bipolar disorder. The author knows that the audience knows him, and that he is not a religious person.
So here again, we can take it as irony. This repeated assertion only asserts the impossibility to assert anything. It sounds like another signal of distress.
The lyrics have at the same time very autobiographical elements, and some others that are totally invented. It is thematically dramatic. The internal contradiction reaches several climaxes. The crescendo in intensity — like, miss, love, killed — leads us to the real climax, a symbolic murder of the other, the friend or lover.
Treating his emotions such a way would lead him straight away to suicide more surely than with any mental disease… Do not follow his great example! The song then continues repeating the Verse 1, the Chorus 2. No new element is added. Look at the table that sums up the plot: They say for example: They use descriptive adjectives.
Baaaad aesthetic, that leaves the audience careless. Efficient lyrics do not flatly describe and do not directly qualify.
Lyrics that captivate the audience SHOW properties without naming them. They depict a psychic world where nothing stands together, where the meaning disappears in constant changes of mood while staying on a permanently negative tone.
So, to be back to our first question: He touches what is broken and injured in many of us, intimately: The song refuses to tell a story, there is no story to tell, it just hurts. Broken story design reflects broken life.
Also, the song sounds fewly narrative — not many plot points, not many characters, not much movement or change — but still there is some drama going on — actually the situation of the Hero and his feelings are all dramatic, emotional.In general the only statement made about the song would have to be, that it is about a bunch of lazy teens, doing whatever they want.
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And now, in , Nirvana's popularity is still very strong. They were just nominated as inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame . Raunchy from Tulsa, Ok I've been a fan of this song and of Nirvana since the early Nineties.
And now, in , Nirvana's popularity is still very strong. And now, in , Nirvana's popularity is still very strong.
Kurt Cobain’s songwriting technique – in many ways – seems an enigma. Both musically simple and lyrically complex, and taking both from previously unrelated sources such as mainstream and alternative punk rock, it formed the basis for many of Indy music – which would become the default form of rock for at least the next twenty years.
Kurt Cobain and Lyrical Meaning About a week ago I randomly decided to start looking up old nirvana lyrics while listening to the songs. I realized Drain you was about abortion a long time ago but didnt know i was listening to an abortion. It just clicked once I had the lyrics infront of me,and when it clicked there was no doubt (for me.