Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Seasons in the Sun

One of those Rare Nirvana covers, "Seasons in the Sun", original by Terry Jacks. This song was one of Kurt's favorite that's why he made a cover of it in 1993. They even switched instruments here, Kurt on drums, Dave Grohl on bass, Krist Novoselic on guitar.

Now, if you would analyze the song, it talks about death. How we should face our last days here on earth. If you'd glean from the first line of the song, it even says "Goodbye to you my trusted friend..", which Kurt changed to, "Goodbye my friend, it's hard to die.."

For some, Kurt's rendition of the song seemed like a suicide note, but for someone who has known Kurt Cobain through his journals, I won't agree with such statement. And if you're a fan of Nirvana and their music, you'll recognize how much contradictions there are in the lyrics of his songs. It's not that I want to imply that there aren't any truth about his songs and that we shouldn't believe whatever Kurt Cobain says in his songs. It's just that it supports the idea that 'what we say, may not always correspond to what we really think'. Speaking our minds is different from speaking the words coming out of our mouth.

And another thing, Kurt's songs are a bunch of poetry and whatever contradictions we may find in it only proves how great a musician he is!

Basta!!!! I firmly and strongly believe, with conviction and without any mental reservation that he didn't commit suicide, if he ever did, someone might have caused him to do it!

So here's this AWESOME VIDEO, and at the bottom Kurt's own version of the lyrics to the song..




Goodbye my friend, it's hard to die
when all the birds are singing in the sky
and all the flowers are everywhere
pretty girls are everywhere
"Think of me and i'll be there."


goodbye, papa, please pray for me
i was the black sheep of the family
"I don't know all these words
I have bought three turds
With my BB-gun I would kill birds"
(This part is different in the nirvana version to the original version by Terry Jacks. The Terry Jacks version goes as follows:
"You tried to teach me right from wrong
Too much wine and too much song
I wonder how i got along")


we had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun
but the hills that we climbed
were just seasons out of time

All our lives, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun
But the stars that we reached were just starfish on the beach.

goodbye, michelle, my little one
"I was the apple of the shining sun.
And I have loved you every week
All my tears are salty
I think that now I will start to leave"


We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun
But the stars that we reached were just starfish on the beach.

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun
But the stars that we reached where just starfish on the beach.

15 Headbangs:

ACRYLIQUE said...

'what we say, may not always correspond to what we really think'. Speaking our minds is different from speaking the words coming out of our mouth.

-APIR! kaya dapat minsan shut up and zip in na lang kung wala namn kwenta ang sasabihin. hehe :)

I am back! :)

Lindz said...

I always love this song, I listen to this again and again, a lot of talented singers sang this song since it was first released by a french performer, this is a great song, my favourite singer for this song is cat stevens and Ronan Keating. No offence to Kurt Cobain's fans he's great but I think in this song he struggled a little bit and he sounded like he was on his high on heaven from whatever drug he was taking at that time, or it could be that he deliberately ssang it dramatically slow to give more an indication of his feelings at that time when he sang this song, just my interpretation...

also noticeable is that with the other versions, the first line was goodbye to you my trusted friend
weve known each other since we
were nine or ten
together weve climbed hills and trees
learned of love and abcs
skinned our hearts and
skinned our knees

the above line was cut off in this version, more indication to me that the singer (Kurt Cobain) is hinting his farewell... that's why a lot of speculation about his death was being misinterpreted by many..

I am Xprosaic said...

Syet! imbis na nirvana ang tumatak sa utak ko yung sa westlife ang pumapasok... hayz...

an_indecent_mind said...

i like this song...

"what we say, may not always correspond to what we really think"

tama ka..

HOMER said...

@Acrylique yup sometimes its better to shut up when you dont have something good to say.. :D

@Lindz it's ok lindz youre entitled to your opinion.. :) well true Kurt sometimes is stoned even when performing.. :D

@xprosaic ahaha!! westlife ba? oo nga pala may version nga pala sila ehehe

@indecent mind Tama ba ko?! ehehe!! Thanks! :D

gillboard said...

great video... i like this... pero gaya ni xprosiac, yung westlife yung pumapasok sa utak ko... (swallowed my own vomit)

abe mulong caracas said...

im not a nirvana fan but its a nice version indeed.

however, i dont know if i am correct, but as far as i know meron talagang "goodbye my friend its hard to die" even in its original version and even in the cover version of a boy band (di ko matandaan kung ano)

"I firmly and strongly believe, with conviction and without any mental reservation that he didn't commit suicide, if he ever did, someone might have caused him to do it!" i dont know, but i think something is wrong with this statement.

What i think is wrong is that...you can never go wrong with the statement. (logically speaking)

opinion lang po!

HOMER said...

@gillboard ahaha!! masyado kasing mainstream ang westlife eh kaya parang sakanila na tumatak yung song..

@abe re the lyrics, I was referring to the first line of the song which Nirvana did not retain when they covered it.. ;-)

re your opinion that there might have been something wrong with my statement, medyo di ko naintindihan tong sinabi mo: "What i think is wrong is that...you can never go wrong with the statement. (logically speaking)"-- what do you mean I can't go wrong with the statement? when you said, that you think "there's something wrong with this statement".. Hehe! nalalabuan ako..

But dont worry I wont take your opinion against you, youre entitled to that.. hehe!! =)

Boris said...

wow sheeett ngaun ko lang nalaman na may nagbago pala ng lyrics. wow grabe katono talaga. hmmmm... i might do some research on this, ganda ng topic kasi :)

i know, i know.... you said na hindi ko dapat husgahan yung parang suicide note. pero wala lang hehehe...

oh btw, ang lalim ng line na ito "But the stars that we reached were just starfish on the beach."

*worship*

ganda ng post mo kuya Homer

HOMER said...

@boris yeah gusto ko din yang line na yan.. Galing ng song na yan talaga ganda ng message.. :) thanks Boris.. :)

lucas said...

woah! die hard fan of Kurt Cobain in the house! woot! woot! hehe!

i don't even know he's dead already... ang loser ko! hehe!

Jerick (the former Curbside Puppet) said...

one of my blog featured posts would be the one i made regarding kurt cobain. i support the murder theory.

HOMER said...

@lucas wahh! seriously? ahaha!! now you know!

@Jerick oh really, Im going to hop in your blog and find that post, well if you could give me the link that would be better.. :)

the donG said...

hahaha... kakatuwa to ah. i didnt know they made a cover of this song.

HOMER said...

@dong now you know ehehe! one of those rare covers, actually one of their best covers ehehe! ;)

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