Scentless Apprentice Lyrics - Nirvana

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Like most babies smell like butter
His smell smelled like no other
He was born scentless and senseless
He was born a scentless apprentice

Hey, go away, go away, go away!

Every wet nurse refused to feed him
Electrolytes smell like semen
I promise not to sell your perfumed secrets
There are countless formulas for pressing flowers

Hey, go away, go away, go away!

I lie in the soil and fertilize mushrooms
Leaking out gas fumes are made into perfume
You can't fire me because I quit!
Throw me in the fire and I won't throw a fit

Hey, go away, go away, go away ,go away, go away, go away,.....

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Kurt hid very little. | Reviewer: Chrismo8201 | 7/4/14

I think the first review above is the right answer. Kurt responded to every meaning that his songs were about. He was all about hidden meaning as much as everyone contends. If he was asked about it he would answer it. I think why there is often disputes about his songs is that he wrote in a very vauge way. Mostly because I would have to believe he didn't take lyric writing very seriously at one point in his career. Then he realized that the vauge venacular he wrote with was what made him a very good lyric writer. Someone can write a song about whatever and it only gains substance when the person who hears or reads them comes up with their own perseived notions and feelings about what they mean to them. Take a song like Phil Collins in the air tonight. The lyrics are about something specific to him but we all hear what we relate to in it. Same with strawberry fields forever or hotel California or whatever. I again refer to jerads post at the very top. It's an adaptation of the book perfume which kurt liked. I know this because I heard him say it was. If he's lying I have no proof to the contrary so I will only take him at his word till I hear differently.

Perfume | Reviewer: Julea Calli | 5/16/13

Kurt wrote this song from one of his favorite books, "Perfume." It is a beautiful book of a man born with a nose that smells everything in the world quite profoundly and his journey and choices of what to do with that gift ... which turns into a murder mystery. I think Kurt mostly channeled his writing from deep within. This song was his attempt to give his fans a "song meaning." I highly recommend the book. Then the lyrics are crystal! ; )

smells like flower power | Reviewer: l.k.w. | 1/7/12

i wonder if this song is about the INduhStry. no flowers with beautiful fragrance there, just scentless, but oppressive blossom crushers, pressing flowers into their desired shape. all the Induhstry can do is manufacture synthetic fragrance while the pretty flowers just lie there emitting natural frangrance, which, the stinking apprentice wants to bottle up and package with cool--i mean--'roknroll' wrapping, and distribute and the rest. i know it's a long shot and a stretch, for you, but it makes perfect sense to me.

Meaningless for you, maybe... | Reviewer: anon | 5/19/11

Full of meaning for me. This song reminds me of that desperate, carnal fear inside of me when I was raped, especially when he starts screaming "GO AWAY". It resonates in me in different ways at different times. Sometimes I puke and cry, other times I just let the fear and anger and rage transfer in and out of my body as I listen to it. I can't explain it without sounding like a fuckin loon, but this song does A LOT for me.

Nirvana fan | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/21/10

he related to the tortured guy in the book n wrote about that aspect.also dave came up with some simple but nice drums n guitar(which kurt played on the record). His songs did have meaning.some deep like what he was saying in serve the servants and some songs are just for fun like floyd the barber. kurt said he didn't want everything to be in ppl's faces 100% of the time.that's one reason why his lyrics looked like that.

Inspired by a novel | Reviewer: Josh | 1/19/10

This song was inspired by the novel Perfume by Patrick Suskind, about a man born with an amazing sense of smell but no smell of his own. He was an apprentice in a perfume shop and becomes a murderer of young girls for their scent. (thanks, Chris - Wellington, New Zealand)


Subconciousness | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/09

Guys, everybody and I mean EVERYONE on earth writes stuff that looks meaningless even to the very own writer, but everything that you, I or Kurt ever wrote, has a meaning. He (Kurt) throws random words that say something, but really, his music is art -give it your own interpretation-. Personally, I prefer songs with raw sound, like their (as nirvana) early material, which has heavy 'randomness' on the lyrics, like hairspray queen.

Taylor doesn't know shit | Reviewer: Dan | 11/2/09

Sure, maybe not all of his songs have deep meanings, but give the man some credit. I know a lot of people wanted Kurt to be this introspective eccentric deep guy with a lot of mystery, and for his lyrics to reflect that, they may not always do that, but this song definitely does. Because this is based on the book "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer", a book that Kurt related to.

So don't speak for a man who is dead, all I'm saying.

ok taylor... | Reviewer: Jared | 9/8/09

kurt did have meaning to his lyrics, he was also just very random. he released his anger into his music mostly cause he was mad at the world and couldn't do anything else. well actually he said that people in the world make him so angry and he can't really do anything but yell in a microfone. (his words not mine) but i totally agree all he did care about was the music. but they still have meaning.

do you know what the song Polly is about. A girl at a concert was taken and raped by this guy with the last named Friend and the lyrics are mostly what he did to her and at the end of course she escapes. its a ballad pretty much to her story and it makes Kurt angry.

Meaning? | Reviewer: Taylor | 8/22/09

This song does not have a deep meaning as people may think. Kurt Cobain didn't give meaning to his lyrics because he only cared about the music. Nirvana is an amazing band and people think that the lyrics in their songs have important meanings. But Kurt never intended for his lyrics to have meaning- he wanted the music to be good.

Perfume ties | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/14/09

not a big fan of the song. it is cool though, i made a point of really listening to it after i realised it was about Jean-Baptiste Grenouille...Perfume is one of the most genious books i have ever read. I love it. The meaning behind this song just makes me like Kurt Cobain and Nirvana even more.

Scentless Apprentice | Reviewer: 'Nem | 5/31/09

I've not read the book, actually I didn't hear about it until this second. But I love this song and Nirvana, a bloody genius if you ask me.
I love all the meaning in there songs and there isn't a day where I listen to albums on end. Listening to 'In Utero' Right now xD But I think Frances Farmer will have her revenge on Seattle, might be an all time fave xD

Peace out.

Perfume | Reviewer: R13 | 5/21/09

Perfume is my favourite book. I love the character Grenouille. At first I didn`t know the song was about him, but these lyrics are just great and they fit. It`s a song with a deep sence (or no scent?);)

Respect the ong | Reviewer: | 4/25/09

Whoever wrote that the song is crap is a total loser and should keep stuff like that to him/herself. The song is a masterpiece, it is sick, it is amazing. I'm pretty sure the lyrics on this page are wrong because in the third line he pretty clearly says senseless and sexless not scentless and senseless. Also, I'm not as sure about this one, but I thought it was birth not butter, but I have'nt read the book.

Perfume | Reviewer: Cara | 7/15/08

Actually, I'm pretty sure this song is about the main character Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in the book Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. It's a pretty messed up book, now movie as well, which was also enjoyable.

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