Sappy Lyrics - Nirvana

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Nirvana - Sappy Lyrics

And if you save yourself
You will make him happy
He'll keep you in a jar
Then you'll think you're happy
He'll give you breather holes
Then you'll think you're happy
He'll cover you with grass
Then you'll think you're happy now

You're in a laundry room
You're in a laundry room
Conclusion came to you
Ooh

And if you cut yourself
You will think you're happy
He'll keep you in a jar
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Then you'll make him happy
He'll give you breather holes
Then you'll think you're happy
He'll cover you with grass
Then you'll think you're happy now

You're in a laundry room
You're in a laundry room
Conclusion came to you
Ooh

( Solo )

You're in a laundry room
You're in a laundry room
Conclusion came to you
Ooh

And if you fool yourself
You will make him happy
He'll keep you in a jar
Then you'll think you're happy
He'll give you breather holes
Then you will seem happy
You'll wallow in your shit
Then you'll think you're happy now

You're in a laundry room
You're in a laundry room
You're in a laundry room
Conclusion came to you
Ooh



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ohudej | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/13/14

I agree with all the theories, in a sense you're all right, but wrong (In my mind, however, I may be wrong). I think it's about how we're entertained and kept sane by simplistic routines in life when in reality we're trapped in a downward's cycle, much like a turtle or an abusive partner.

My opinion about Sappy | Reviewer: G. | 12/13/13

I think the song it's about God, whatever who God is...The title of the song, Sappy, it's because the mix of the lyrics wich let us choose how we could, be happy or sad, and whatever we are happy or sad doesn't matter for our God, whatever who God is, because he won't face anyway but he'll have an answer to our happyness or sadness with cover with grass, giving us breathing holes, whatever, he don't mind anyway so it's up to us anyway we want to be happy or sad. who cares? he'll cover all with grass anyway

your all dumb | Reviewer: retardgirl666 | 10/17/13

your reasoning for why it wasnt about god is senseless. "if you save yourself" :if you repent to god. "save yourself", churchs say that all the time. hes mocking life and the notion of religion very clearly. he wasnt emotional enough to write such a pissed song about a turtle.

The first thing that came to my mind | Reviewer: Adam | 8/20/13

The tone sounds to me like Kurt's making fun of some groupie's pipe dream.

Everyone has their own plan to achieve happiness and help others around them achieve happiness that will not work!! Sometimes they may dream it up when alone and doing boring every day tasks like laundry.

This is a simple song | Reviewer: Bob | 6/20/13

Guys, this isn't about God. Kurt was agnostic or atheist depending on who you ask. You're over analyzing it. Most of Kurt's songs DO make sense, but they are very simplistic.

The song is written both from his perspective and the perspective of a pet turtle. Kurt kept pet turtles and he was probably musing about how similar our existence is to the turtle. It is about how we can fool ourselves into thinking we're happy when really we're still trapped (in a laundry room, conclusion came to you).

This can be trappings of success, or materialism, in the case of the turtle it thinks its happy because it has grass and breathing holes. In the case of most human beings we think we're happy because we have this job or that thing when in fact we're trapped by it.

It's a typical Nirvana song. A simple idea often with an upbeat melody that clashes with its dark message.

Ok | Reviewer: Nirvz | 6/6/13

Basically, the song's quite simple. The jar, the laundry room, the grass, the turtle references are examples of how Humans tend to pretend to become something other than they are, to feel other than they actually feel just to please someone/something else. This may result in us thinking that we became what someone wants us to become. That person, that 'thing' will be so caught up in the act of you pretending & faking your ways, that he'll 'force' you to stay that way. You'll agree with staying that way because you think it makes you happy & it certainly makes 'him' happy. I don't think 'him' is necessarily God, it can be anything, anyone. Anyone with whom you've been in this particular situation.

your interpretation | Reviewer: Ruben | 4/14/13

hello

I think that whatever you as a person make of it is correct. As in all good forms of art there are different interpretations possible. I think that Kurt Cobain would be pleased by any interpretation you make.

Turtle ? I don't think so . | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/5/13

Please , tell me , how can TURTLE CUT HERSELF ?
I mean , obviously , This song is not about a turtle . That would be just ... stupid . This is just my opinion . Don't hate me , ok !?
I think , this song is about God , religion and other , religious shit . If you cut yourself , you'll think you're happy , he'll put you in a jar , then you'll make him happy . I think that means that if you try to kill yourelf or whatever , you'll think you can be happy , but religious brainwash (laundry room) , or should I say - faith in God will make you stay . I mean , They will say that you must live becouse God is good and if you pray a little more , he will help you or whatever . Also , He will be happy if you "stay in a jar" , and be under his control . I think that religion is just shit (no ofence) , becouse , it has no use . What did God gave us in return ? Sorry if anyone got hurt about something I said . I'm just 14 so don't judge me okay ? Don't think i'm lying about my age bcs I'm NOT ! Sorry for bad English ! x

MikeG333 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/4/13

I agree it is about God and that we are like a turtle or caterpillar that he gives just enough to survive, but we are still trapped. Not my opinion on God now, but have felt that way in the past.

The laundry room I personalized and never really knew for sure what Kurt meant. It always made me remember this time when I felt like I was having a moment of Satori(Little Nirvana) in a laundromat.

Conclusion came to you... and still you don't get it | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/11/13

Top comment made me laugh and sad at the same time. "Controlling boyfriend", yeah ; and some other says it's all about Kurt's turtle without any serious meaning whatsoever. Sure. Kurt prolly wrote great songs without atually having anything to say ; and still inspires a lot of people nearly twenty years after he died, prolly without them songs speaking to our very hearts. Just 'cause he played it cool, doesn't mean he was vain.

If you're still watching MTV in 2013, wallowing in TV-shit almost all day and night, thinking sincerely that what's important in life is controlling girlfriends and petting turtles, then... prolly you just cannot understand the meaning. Would you think Kurt's crazy clapping at the audience is just some stupid thing he might just do for fun ? Don't you think he's angry and looks just like their own, senseless reflection in a mirror that reveals how desperately they fail to understand the true meaning of his lyrics ? Clapping like it's so cool after a performance of Pennyroyal Tea, for instance, I mean... that's silly as f*ck, can't you just realize how sad this song is ? Do you think that Kurt was just "acting" anger on-stage, that he was depressed just because he didn't care ? I mean you're making me desperate aswell lol :/

While you wallow in shit the TV feeds you on, things are happening in the real world you know... interested in politics or newspapers ? opinions about wars ? The point as I see it (since I don't think one takes the time and wastes so much efforts just to write shit and throw it at people), is that YOU fans are living in a freakin' jar, wallowing in your shit, and given some ridiculous pieces of grass — girlfriends to control, pets to feed and some money, senseless TV-shows that make you so passionate, cars, drugs, porn, etc. — that give you the fake impression that you are free, even YOU are the king of the game who decides whether the turtle has a right to live or not. But you're not and never come to know it unless you just try to get out of the jar, like HE did, and see that actually you CAN'T get out of it.

Ever heard about the surveillance and repression of Occupy lately ? If not, check the Guardian ; they published a great and most interesting article about those bugs who tried to get out of the jar. HE in the song is POWER, the freakin' elite whose dark designs imply waging wars all around the world, in YOUR name while you quietly stay in your jar/box ("psychological locks", as Lauryn Hill puts it), feelin' "sappy" as hell ! that is feelin' "happy", but knowing somewhere at the bottom of your heart, that you're actually, desperately locked in your jar ; which is... you know, quite "sad" innit.

Just get out of the freakin' jar if you want to honour Kurt's memory. He certainly found inspiration in small things, but just 'cause he did so, doesn't mean his songs are only about those things. Small things make it possible to understand bigger ones. If you listen closely, or read books not only as pure entertainment, but tryin' to understand "what this guy had to say" ; you may well find that almost ALL stories and books, or movies, whatever — have something to do with YOU being locked in cells, or boxes, or jars and them throwing shit at you, expanding 'till one day, the cell bars or breathing holes become visible. When Kurt claps madly at his audience, he's like throwing shit at you monkeys living in cells. Just like you're in a zoo and don't even know it.

Controlling Boyfriend | Reviewer: Machina | 11/11/12

The song to me is about a controlling boyfriend who treats his girlfriend like a pet (he'll give you breathing holes like a rat in a box, in a jar like captured lightning bugs, wallow in your shit like a mistreated animal in a cage).

Only thing I'm not 100% on is the Laundry room but I have a few guesses.

Very simple and straightforward, though.


My opinion based on things | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/13/12

First line of wikipedia:

"Sappy" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana. It was first released as a hidden track on the 1993 AIDS-benefit compilation album No Alternative. At the time the song was credited by the title "Verse Chorus Verse", which happens to be the title of a different Nirvana song. The song, credited by its actual title of "Sappy", also appears on the Nirvana rarities box set With the Lights Out, released in 2004.

There it said it was a a hidden track on the 1993 AIDS-benefit compilation album No Alternative.
So it has to do something with aids and his methods of transmission.
Breathing holes must be sex.
Grass must be weed
Jar (?)
But after you do it you will feel dirty and messy.

In conclusion you are sad but the you do that things that make you happy and you will be sappy because ur still aware of your problems but still that thing will make you sappy

Amazing | Reviewer: Jer | 12/9/11

People can take this song... and put so many idealistic meanings behind it. Cobain is no longer alive to tell us the meaning. We can take this, because of that fact, and apply it. Teach it. Use it as a tool or a medium to support our process of thinking. in this sense, Kurt Cobain is a revolutionary. In a egotistical sense of the word, he's a god. The father of grunge. Who died to live amongst kings and angels. He left us only his words to remember him by. Each one a riddle about life. Each one a lesson to be learned. He was young, but he discovered a lot about human nature in his time on Earth. Through this he passes his teachings to us.

WRONG | Reviewer: TV | 11/24/11

You are all reading into it way too much!!! This song is about his pet turtle. Any other explanation is purely coincidental and comes after the fact. Thats the beauty of ambiguous lyrics. They can mean literally anything to anyone, and you can apply your own meaning.

Luv u homey. Miss u | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/11/11

This song uses a catipiler in a jar as a metephore for our relationship to God. Not that kurt necccesarily believed in God but if there is one kurt is expresing it wouldnt change his apathy and he'd probably even be angry toward God. The idea came to him thinking bak to youth, wen he wz pist off looking at his pet catipiler, thinking thats probly all we are to God


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