Dumb is a song from the album In Utero created by Nirvana.
The meaning of this song is all in the answer that Kurt Cobain give to Melody Maker in a famous interview in the 1993:
That’s just about people who’re easily amused, people who not only aren’t capable of progressing their intelligence but are totally happy watching 10 hours of television and really enjoy it. I’ve met a lot of dumb people. They have a shitty job, they may be totally lonely, they don’t have a girlfriend, they don’t have much of a social life, and yet, for some reason, they’re happy.
But the lyrics of Dumb go more deeply inside the view of Kurt. That “Maybe i’m just happy” is only the start.
Discover more here below.

Lyrics

I’m not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light
The day is done
But I’m having fun

I think I’m dumb
Or maybe just happy
Think I’m just happy
My heart is broke
But I have some glue
Help me inhale
And mend it with you
We’ll float around
And hang out on clouds
Then we’ll come down
And have a hangover, have a hangover

Skin the sun
Fall asleep
Wish away
The soul is cheap
Lesson learned
Wish me luck
Soothe the burn
Wake me up

I’m not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light
The day is done
But I’m having fun

I think I’m dumb





Dumb – Nirvana – Meaning

 

 I’m not like them
But I can pretend 

All the song is written in a way that make me think that the subject is not Kurt, but all the Dumb people that he hate.

And everyone of this persons, think about himself that he is special.

That his way to act is rare and very original.

And that this is the reason that lead to his isolation.

And that isolation give them a goog reason to act exactly like everyone else.

Trying to stay with others people, this persons start to act in a dumb way, hiding their real nature.

 The sun is gone
But I have a light 

People are away.

All the things that must be, are be.

The things are not good.

The life pass and i need to stay dumb to resist.

But when i come back to home, maybe i can find a light inside me that show me a different vision.

An alternative about life.

But light is not a real thing.

The hard part is that the real world need a real action.

 The day is done
But I’m having fun
I think I’m dumb 

All the days pass in the same way.

One after the other.

And nothing happens. Nothing that really can be important.

The new true status symbol is tha Fun.

If you get fun, you are ok.

Is like the placebo of all our lifes.

Come back to your home after a bored day at a bored work, and get some fun.

Maybe with some hours of TV.

A perfect recipe for an empty life.

And you know this.

You know that you can get more from life.

But you decide to be dumb.

Not taking action is your choice.

 Or maybe just happy
Think I’m just happy
Think I’m just happy
Think I’m just happy 

And here the ultimate lie.

Be happy. Is a must.

After have fun. This is second big lie of our lifes.

You must be happy.

You waste your life.

Becoming dumb.

Thinking that you are on the right path.

You must believe that you are on the right path.

So the only solution is thinking that you are happy.

Turning the dumb in the happyness.

 My heart is broke
But I have some glue 

The heart is broke, and there are two to repair it.

One is definitive and need a sad process that lead yourself away from the cause of your pain.

And another is more simple and fast. Like glue.

But the reality is that all the pain are always there.

Seems like if all the things are ok. But in the deep, the things remain broked.

 Help me inhale
And mend it with you 

Like if you inhale the glue, to made yourself dumb, people dont’t really fix their pain.

Is so easy to act in the right way. Like if everything is ok.

And we are togheter. We share this same condition.

We must stay dumb to survive.

The reality seems to hard for us.

 We’ll float around
And hang out on clouds
Then we’ll come down 

The solution?

Stay high. We can meet in the sky, above the couds.

Using drugs and drinking.

A sure way to stay deeply dumb for all our lifes.

Stay away from the reality using alcohol and drugs.

Why i must know the pain when easily i can escape from this type of reality.

But the end leads this type of people to the real world.

At the end you must come down from the clouds.

The gravity wants his tribute.

 And I have a hangover
Have a hangover
Have a hangover
Have a hangover 

The hangover is what happens to you.

Inevitable. You can stop it.

You can escape.

Is the real world that you don’t want.

That is always there. And waitng you. In silence.

So why stay dumb?

Why make a work that you don’t love?

Why continue in a relationship that give to you only pain?

Stay dumb is not the solution.

The hangover come. Ever.

 Skin the sun, fall asleep
Wish away, the soul is cheap 

The sun is the reality that you want to escape.

Using drugs and drinking you can escape, falling asleep too.

All the whises don’t matters, because our will don’t matters.

Our soul is cheap like if we can sell it.

Just because we are less.

 Lesson learned, wish me luck
Soothing burn, wake me up 

But a way to come back to the reality and try to live a full life can be find.

We can change and we can be wakon up.

We can stop this dream-like existence.

Yes the sun burn.

But is the only thing that can lead us to the joy of a full conscoius life.

Conclusion

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