Breed is a song created by Nirvana and included in the album Nevermind, released in 1991.  What this song  talk about? Here from the words of Kurt Cobain:

Getting into Middle America. Marrying at age 18, getting pregnant, stuck with a baby — and not wanting it.

Yes. In this words we can discover the fears that Kurt have inside him at that time. Like happen in other songs from this album, like in In Bloom. He wants a family, but the real truth is that this idea terrorize him.

Discover more meanings of the lyrics of this powerful song here below.

Lyrics

I don’t care, I don’t care,I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care, care if it’s old

I don’t mind, I don’t mind, I don’t mind
I don’t mind, I don’t mind, Mind, don’t have a mind

Get away, Get away, Get away
Get away, Away, away from your home

I’m afraid, I’m afraid, I’m afraid
I’m afraid, Afraid, afraid of a ghost

Even if you have, Even if you need
I don’t mean to stare, We don’t have to breed
We could plant a house, We could build a tree
I don’t even care, We could have all three

She said, She said, She said, She said
She said, She said, She said, She said

I don’t care, I don’t care,I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care, care if it’s old

I don’t mind, I don’t mind, I don’t mind
I don’t mind, I don’t mind, Mind, don’t have a mind

Get away, Get away, Get away
Get away, Away, away from your home

I’m afraid, I’m afraid, I’m afraid
I’m afraid, Afraid, afraid of a ghost

Even if you have, Even if you need
I don’t mean to stare, We don’t have to breed
We could plant a house, We could build a tree
I don’t even care, We could have all three

She said, She said, She said, She said
She said, She said, She said, She said

Even if you have, Even if you need
I don’t mean to stare, We don’t have to breed
We could plant a house, We could build a tree
I don’t even care, We could have all three

She said, She said, She said, She said
She said, She said, She said, She said good!





Breed by Nirvana and the Meaning of the lyrics

The original title for this song was “Immodium”, due to a friend of Kurt that used this medicine during the recordings of the album Nevermind.

But this title don’t have nothing to do with the song and his meaning. Maybe a connection can be the sensation like the running-on of the mouth when he sing the words.

This song was developed while they touring with the band TAD in europe in 1989. Was the first song where the sound is more hypnotic and help the audience that see Nirvana play live enter a mood of trance.

 I don’t care, I don’t care,I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care, care if it’s old
I don’t mind, I don’t mind, I don’t mind
I don’t mind, I don’t mind, Mind, don’t have a mind 

This song is about Tobi Vail, one of his famous girlfriends, like many of his most memorable songs from Nevermind.

These lines seem to show his dysfunction after the breakup and desperation to get it all back. But like in many other songs i feel that he really don’t care.

Don’t care about other people. Other feelings that he can feels. The love that go away is old and don’t have a mind. Seems like if it was a cruel love.

So maybe all that love can be without meaning, and can be set outside the world that Kurt want to live.

 Get away, Get away, Get away
Get away, Away, away from your home
I’m afraid, I’m afraid, I’m afraid
I’m afraid, Afraid, afraid of a ghost 

He wants to be around her but gets so nervous that he refers to her as a ghost (but probably not a friendly one).

Here the home can be his or her home. I like the idea that he want that this gost go away from the home that was the place of their love.

The heart, or somewhere else where they meet togheter. After the end of their story too. And the gost can go away only if he let it go away.

 Even if you have, Even if you need
I don’t mean to stare, We don’t have to breed
We could plant a house, We could build a tree
I don’t even care, We could have all three 

This seems to be about Kurt’s inability to seek out a partner. A funny vision at how a man has to take a woman out and do something productive with her before they have sex.

He seems to be suggesting they start a family together, hoping to create the family tree and stable home that he never had (Kurt’s parents divorced at age 7). However, the fact that “plant” and “build” are swapped seems to give it a more sarcastic tone.

 She said, She said, She said, She said
She said, She said, She said, She said 

This could be an allusion to “She Said She Said”by The Beatles, a song about how people have to grow up and deal with their lives. This is a reoccurring theme in Nirvana’s music, appearing in songs like “Pennyroyal Tea” and “Verse Chorus Verse”

Conclusion

 

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