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Sturgill Simpson: “In Bloom” Music Video

February 28th, 2020 • Share

Kurt Cobain wrote this song. Sturgill Simpson is living it.

Those are just facts. No judgment or evaluations.

What do I think? I think this song is about hypocrisy, but I can also see how it could’ve been a cry for help, too.

Kurt Cobain is basically saying: “These dudes just come to our concerts to party and get laid. They don’t care about the music.” But he compares that to how it works in nature, to how life is born and dies and is reborn, as if his songs were children. He’s saying he doesn’t like it, but that’s just the way it is. It’s natural. He obviously, to me, felt lost, abandoned, misunderstood and resigned to it all.

Sturgill Simpson added “to love someone” to the end of the chorus. Kurt Cobain left it open to interpretation, and in that sense he lived it, too, I guess. He could even be referring to himself for all we know.

Simpson’s version is actually a tribute to Kurt Cobain, if you think about it, like a father to a son. His whole third album was about when he was in the Navy and sending letters home to his wife and newborn son.

I like Simpson’s version better because he takes a real stand, but the truth is Cobain was taking a stand, too, in his own way. He was just wrong.

It’s a faulty comparison. There’s an essential difference between human beings and plants and even other animals. What’s natural for them is not natural for us. We aren’t born with the instincts required to survive. We have to learn them. It takes years and years of learning and experience before we’re ready to be independent. So when we bring a child into the world, intentionally or not, it’s a huge responsibility.

It was basically a song that didn’t make sense, and then Sturgill Simpson added three little words. Maybe that’s what Kurt Cobain intended all along, though. We’ll never know.


In Bloom

Sell the kids for food
Weather changes moods
Spring is here again
Reproductive glands

He’s the one who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he don’t know what it means
Don’t know what it means to love someone

We can have some more
Nature is a whore
Bruises on the fruit
Tender age in bloom

He’s the one who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he don’t know what it means
Don’t know what it means to love someone

He’s the one who likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he don’t know what it means
He don’t know what it means, no, no

He likes all our pretty songs
And he likes to sing along
And he likes to shoot his gun
But he don’t know what it means
Don’t know what it means to love someone
Love someone, no

Songwriter: Kurt Cobain

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