Lithium is a song written by Kurt Cobain and recorded by Nirvana for their album Nevermind.
All the song is about the ambivalence of feelings, and life in general. The confusion that lean to from a side the depression and from the other a way more easy and light of see the life.
So in every line we can see this war of a lot of feelings that are really differents. Just like in Breed.
Here below we can start a trip inside a song that was really important for the generation of the ’90. Where the  young people are often overwhelmed by the pressure of the society, and are so emotionally isolated.
See in the suicide an option wasn’t so rare.
The saltz of lithium maybe was a solution.

Lyrics

I’m so happy because today
I’ve found my friends
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly, but that’s okay, cause so are you
We’ve broken our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care
And I’m not scared
Light my candles in a daze
Cause I’ve found god
Hey, hey, hey

I’m so lonely but that’s okay I shaved my head
And I’m not sad
And just maybe I’m to blame for all I’ve heard
But I’m not sure
I’m so excited, I can’t wait to meet you there
But I don’t care
I’m so horny but that’s okay
My will is good
Hey, hey, hey

I like it, I’m not gonna crack
I miss you, I’m not gonna crack
I love you, I’m not gonna crack
I killed you, I’m not gonna crack

I like it, I’m not gonna crack
I miss you, I’m not gonna crack
I love you, I’m not gonna crack
I killed you, I’m not gonna crack

I’m so happy ’cause today
I’ve found my friends,
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly, that’s okay, ’cause so are you,
Broke our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care,
And I’m not scared
Light my candles in a daze
‘Cause I’ve found god

Yeah, yeah,
Yeah, yeah,
Yeah, yeah,
Yeah, yeah,
Yeah, yeah,
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I like it, I’m not gonna crack
I miss you, I’m not gonna crack
I love you, I’m not gonna crack
I killed you, I’m not gonna crack

I like it, I’m not gonna crack
I miss you, I’m not gonna crack
I love you, I’m not gonna crack
I killed you, I’m not gonna crack





Lithium – Nirvana – Meaning

The song originally refer to the story of a man that after the death of his girlfriend start to turn towards the religion.

And this help him to stay away from suicide.

 I’m so happy cause today
I found my friends
They’re in my head 

The friends inside the mind of Kurt was the friends that he can build by himself for himself. Is a way to protect his mind when the lonlyness was a big pain for him. In this lines, Kurt talks about Boddah, his imaginary friend that he created in his childhood.

The deep relation with this imaginary friend was so deep that he leave some words for him when he write his last letter before his suicide.

 I’m so ugly, that’s okay cause so are you
We broke our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care 

When Kurt thinks about himself with someone else, he thinks about his wife courtney Love.

And thinks that she is the right person for him. Because every one of them is okay for the other.

In this way when they start to watch inside their mirror, they can see Kurt and Courtney, a real couple that are fits to stay togheter.

And this mirror can be broken, because they really don’t care how they look in that mirror.

And they don’t care how the other people see them.

They are what they are. In the true way.

For this reason, they can be good people all the days.

Not only the sunday, like most people that think that they must be good and act in a moral way only one day per week.

And be bastards the other 6 days.

 And I’m not scared
Light my candles, in a daze
Cause I’ve found God 

This are a sort of satyrics words.

At the time, Kurt don’t believe in God, and all this song talks about to think in God is a simple way to live.

A lot of bad things happen to kurt in his life that he can refer to the presence for the religion in his life.

When his parents divorced his mother meet a violent man. And his father don’t give him the attention that he need and wants.

And like for every religion, light up candle, can lead to think that everything is alright.

Just because you are devotes.

 I’m so lonely, that’s okay, I shaved my head
And I’m not sad 

When you start to live and think about and with religion in your life, that are different things that relate at the same level.

In this way, shave the head, or stay lonely for a long time, lead to a strange position.

And is really hard to know and understand if all that strange thinks that you do, are the right things for you.

And maybe the only way to know if you are in the right direction is to check your feelings.

And one day feel that you are not sad, can be enough.

 And just maybe, I’m to blame for all I’ve heard
But I’m not sure 

Everything that people say about him, can be lead to the way he act in his life.

He know this. And feel that he can be blame for that.

But this is not true.

Is not true for everyone on earth.

And is not true fo Kurt Cobain too.

And his deep feeling tell to him to know the true.

People are angry. With all and with everyone.

He can blame himself for the way the other people see him.

 I’m so excited, I can’t wait to meet you there
But I don’t care
I’m so horny, but that’s okay
My will is good
 

This is a duality way to think and act.

So people that use lithium to cure himself, often are excited, and overexcited.

But rapidly turn is a mood where they don’t care about the main reason of the first excitement.

And in the same way the sexual side can go.

Be horny is ok.

But only because people can trust in his will.

And we know that will is not so constant in our life.

 I like it I’m not gonna crack
I miss you I’m not gonna crack
I love you I’m not gonna crack
I killed you I’m not gonna crack 

In this words, we can discover that everything can go wrong.

And  the mental illness start to come out.

When someone that you beloved leave you all alone, strange things can happen inside you.

Someone can be saved thanks to things like religions.

That are only an easy way to live, but that can be really effective.

Conclusion

A great and powerful song. Mainly at cause of this song and the difficulties to record it, that Nirvana changes the drummer, and get Dave Grohl. A great combination of beautiful events.

Leave a comment or a different vision of the meaning of this song if you want.

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