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Nirvana - Scentless Apprentice (lyrics)

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Uploaded on Dec 30, 2009

"Scentless Apprentice" 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. This song is credited to all 3 members of the band. As Kurt Cobain said in interviews around the time In Utero was released, Dave Grohl came up with the drum beat and the guitar riff for the song. Kurt Cobain said in an interview that when Dave Grohl first brought this song to him, he didn't think it was very good, but he decided to go along with it so he wouldn't hurt Grohl's feelings. All 3 members worked to refine the song and Kurt wrote the lyrics. Cobain also said he preferred having input from the other 2 to take the pressure off of him to come up with all the songs. He said he was looking forward to more collaboration like that in the future, a collaboration that sadly never came to fruition.

Grohl told Mojo magazine January 2010: "One of my favorite lines in a Nirvana song - which is fucking dark and which I didn't realise the weight of until I sat in my house in Seattle playing the first mixes of In Utero is the line on 'Scentless Apprentice' where Kurt sings, 'You can't fire me because I quit.' If there's one line in any song that gives me the chills it's that one. Maybe all those things that people wrote about him painted him into a corner that he couldn't get out of."

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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

Go away - get away, get a-way

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

Go away - get away, get a-way

I lie in the soll 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

Go away - get away, get away, get away, get away, get away, get a-way

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