Nirvana - Downer Lyrics




Portray sincerity
Act out of loyalty
Defend every country
Wish away the pain

Hand out lobotomies
To save little families
Surrealistic fantasy
Bland, boring, plain!

Hold me down is restitution
Living out your date with fusion
Is the whole fleece shunning bastards?
Don't feel guilty masturbating

Somebody said that they're not much like I am
I know I can
Make enough of the words
You go along I sing a song

Sickening pessimist hypocrite master
Conservative Communist apocalyptic bastard
Thank you dear God for putting me on this Earth
I feel very privileged in debt for my thirst!

Hold me down is restitution
Living out your date with fusion
Is the whole fleece shunning bastards?
Don't feel guilty masturbating

Somebody said that they're not much like I am
I know I can
Make up enough of the words
You go along I sing a song





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Nirvana Downer Comments
  1. bentherman 1

    Hands down its top 3 songs on bleach if not whole nirvana discography, such a great song and the bass line is so simple but so great

  2. Raul Osiac

    This voice is not Kurt Cobain

    Creative Username

    Your right. That’s Kurdt Kobain

  3. Flipper Paste

    2020??:)

  4. Greace Vara Yupanqui

    Downer :V , is a weirdo song , but the sounds are really cool .

  5. Маргарита Зуева

    Привет из 2019

  6. Suburbannite

    Anyone here from the Raw Nerve cover of this song? No? Okay

  7. Dominick Hannigan

    2x speed

    MatthewD Bryant

    Inaudible*

  8. rezzzo76

    Yesterday a group of kids were going on and on about how Nirvna is so under-rated, and I was like "Seriously"?? I think they suck. They told me I needed to listen to their first album Bleach, and it would change my mind.... Well here i am at track 13,... I sat here and listened to the entire album and I am still waiting for my mind to be "changed" Now it is more clear to me why I never wasted my money on any of their albums. I wouldn't even waste my time or hard drive space downloading this shit for free. Those idiot kids owe me an hour of my life back.

  9. spooky kid

    This is so punk🎸

  10. Spider man Fan.

    What is a incestiside song doing here?

  11. Hardrocker 96

    Kurt and marijuana

  12. zvonimir lokas

    Downer on steroids

  13. Jyn Erso

    Politic sucks!

  14. bruh

    Im pretty sure this song was sped up, if you put it .75 speed it sounds more like other nirvana songs.

    Futaba

    It's not, it's just fast.

  15. ꧁ღКарамельღ꧂

    This song is also from "Fecal Matter" by Kurt Cobain

  16. raniran09

    Bellissima in wav

  17. Animated Antarctica

    This song was originally on Fecal Matter “Illiteracy Will Prevail”

  18. 64 Ant

    This was the first song they ever performed as Nirvana !

  19. Brent Garcia

    For some reason he never played fast and short songs like Downer or Tourette's for more than a little over a year... Downer lasted 1 year and 4 months while Tourette's lasted 11 months and neither made it to their studio album tours. What a shame, maybe Kurt just forgot how to play Downer but it is my favorite Nirvana song.

  20. Do e

    Grunge, punk rock, post-punk, hard rock, alternative rock, skate punk, noise rock, garage punk, heavy metal, art punk, avant-punk, psychedelic punk

  21. bruh moment

    Wow, dave grohl did really good on this album!

  22. ContemptRock

    That bass tho

  23. Suzuki Halwende

    The description said it was released on Incesticide after Bleach. That was backwards. It wasn't on bleach until 2009, where it was released on Incesticide in 1992

  24. Nolan Aljaddou

    Every mistake you make is an opportunity to correct you with irrevocable severity.

  25. Luka Anchabadze

    Fav nirvana's lyrics with serve the servants and heart shaped box, big long now

  26. Ale Colón

    "Conservative communist apocalyptic bastard"
    -Kurt Cobain
    I think Kurt Cobain thought that it doesn't matter if someone it's from right or left, they all bastards and liars.

  27. Matthias D'Altrui

    Portray sincerity
    Act out of loyalty
    Defend your true country
    Wish away the pain

    Hand out lobotomies
    To save little families
    Surrealistic fantasies-
    Bland and boring pain!

    All we know is restitution
    Living out your day and future
    If there's hope, please show me faster
    Don't feel guilty, master writing!

    Somebody said that they're not much like I am
    I know I can
    Making enough of the words for you to follow along
    I'll sing a song.

    Sickening, pessimist hypocrite master
    Conservative communist apocalyptic bastard
    Thank you dear God for putting me on this earth
    I feel very privileged in debt for my thirst

    All we know is restitution
    Living out your day and future
    If there's hope, please save me faster
    Don't feel guilty, master writing
    !

    Somebody said that they're not much like I am
    I know I can
    Making enough of the words
    you go along
    I'll sing a song.

    Matthias D'Altrui

    I haven't listened to this song in abow two years, but I remember there was a video with the lyrics out that made the most sense. This is what I remember from those lyrics.

    Do people really hear "Is the whole fleece shun in bastard"?

  28. Big Bubba

    Nice. This sounds more punk rock then grunge, The latter of which would obviously later catapult them into the stratosphere.

  29. fecalmatter27

    kurt wanted this song to be like punk rock with the lyrics but failed miserably, the fecal matter version is way more punk

    boo you whore

    fecalmatter27 how’d he fail? this IS punk rock.

  30. Leonardo

    Essa vai pro Presidente do meu país

  31. Jessica Sofi

    Perfection 👍

  32. Pintseldaja.!.

    This is a punk song

  33. Aeon

    0.75x Speed gives it a semi "In Utero" type of feel

    Michael Jackson is a rat

    0.25 gives it a demons from hell feel

  34. suivant valider

    awesome !probably one of the best song of nirvana this voice is incredible

  35. paligorka

    don't feel guilty masturbating

  36. Leena 3771

    That bass line is sooo good wtf

  37. johanna anticona

    It has a little bit of COMUNICATION BREAKDOWN by Zeppelin ... and some of JOY DIVISION ... master of tunes !!

  38. imaybejacoborbob

    I feel like this was Kurt's attempt at writing a Dead Kennedys-esque song

    YaHozna1

    Definitely. Listen to a couple of Dead Kennedys songs then listen to this and you would think it was the same band.

    cooliofoolio

    This song is similar, but all of them? Not in a million years.

  39. Darija Peric

    This song was first recorded with the band Fecal Matter and it wasn’t on an original LP Bleach but was published on CD edition of the album

  40. iwbu78

    THIS IS NOT BLEACH

  41. Luke

    the prophet

  42. Camil Serapian

    حعسا فاث لاعففخى

  43. benzolekkerkaalkanaal

    Happy birthday kurt!

  44. Kerrmation

    Great song

  45. I love Satan

    Drinking bleach while listening to bleach while also watching bleach

  46. cleanrivers

    i think i hear him saying DOWNER when the song ends )

  47. dimitri silva

    I'am the only one who like more this version than the Fecal Matter?

  48. karl heseltine

    Al though my favourite song is in nevermind (Drain you) this is my favourite album.

  49. karl heseltine

    when I listen to this song it's the best 1:46 seconds I've heard.
    So under rated.

  50. Ala Placki

    Portray sincerity
    Act out of loyalty
    Defend your true country
    Wish away the pain
    Hand out lobotomies
    To save little families
    Surrealistic fantasy
    Bland boring plain
    Hold me down in restitution
    Living out your date with fusion
    Is the whole fleece shun in master?
    Don't feel guilty, master writing
    Somebody said that they're not much like I am
    I know I can
    Make enough of the words for you to follow along
    I sink and then some
    Slippery pessimist hypocrite master
    Conservative communist apocalyptic bastard
    Thank you dear God for putting me on this earth
    I feel very privileged in debt for my thirst
    Hold me down in restitution
    Living out your date with fusion
    Is the whole fleece shun in master?
    Don't feel guilty, master writing
    Somebody said that they're not much like I am
    I know I can
    Make enough of the words for you to follow along
    I sink and then some

    Agustín Lichtenstein

    Ala Placki I think that he says masturbating instead of master writing and sing a song at the very end

    Joe Kingly

    Congratulations you fucked it up. How? It's Nirvana.
    How are people upvoting this lol.

    Nathan Starkey

    @Agustín Lichtenstein no he says master writing

    The Legend

    Ala Placki
    Sickening not slippery

  51. Strat BMX15

    I think this song is about people that keep saying the world is going to end from this and that. I think Kurt was trying to say people have been saying it for ever and we are still here on earth.And people say it to put fear in others because there mentally f’ed in the head.This is only what I think it’s about basing of lyrics and facts about him and reality.

  52. Nancy Kay

    Portray sincerity
    Act out of loyalty
    Defend your true country
    Wish away the pain
    Hand out lobotomies
    To save little families
    Surrealistic fantasy
    Bland boring plain
    Hold me down in restitution
    Living out your date with fusion
    Is the whole fleece shun in master?
    Don't feel guilty, master writing
    Somebody said that they're not much like I am
    I know I can
    Make enough of the words for you to follow along
    I sink and then some
    Slippery pessimist hypocrite master
    Conservative communist apocalyptic bastard
    Thank you dear God for putting me on this earth
    I feel very privileged in debt for my thirst
    Hold me down in restitution
    Living out your date with fusion
    Is the whole fleece shun in master?
    Don't feel guilty, master writing
    Somebody said that they're not much like I am
    I know I can
    Make enough of the words for you to follow along
    I sink and then some

  53. 「ᴅᴇᴡᴡ」

    Sonaba re diferente eb Fecal Matter

  54. Hay Stack

    wooooooooooooo

  55. JPEG prod.

    THIS IS RAP?

    Carl Johnson

    No. This is grunge

    JPEG prod.

    but he rapping)

  56. The ElementVEVO

    " apocalyptic bastards"

  57. Thommas Andersen

    been "captured" by this band since january 2012 and here is my advice to new/young fans; Dont go all out on the songs and remember to listen to other maybe happy songs. Its very dark music and you dont want to much of that as a teen.

  58. Baron Saturday

    The bass guitar and bass drum compliment each other perfectly here.

  59. bye bye

    This song needs to be longer :( !

  60. Nu Blyat

    I'll probably be killed for commenting this



    The final words of Kurt Cobain

    No scope

    Bud Crusader

    Duqckscpr # such a 12 year old

  61. Kirk O'Bayne

    conservative communist apocalyptic bastard
    ...
    somebody said that they're not much like I am

  62. Always Tired

    This actually was on incestide not bleach

    dududeds

    Yes K its on bleach i checked

    dimitri silva

    Yes K
    It's in "Bleach" and in Incesticide too.

    Bryan Novelo

    its also on the fecal matter tape kurt made

    HauntedM

    it's on both

  63. nightmuffin937

    I replay this song ∞ times everyday

  64. Spanish Caravan 68

    This is kurt's cover of Eminems frowner

  65. Olive Avostrine

    Commit a Kurt Cobain

  66. ron blessed

    I like this song.very bad brainish.

  67. Tyler Cooper

    this by far their most "punk rock" song.

    Sarah

    Tyler Cooper nah I think pen cap chew is a little bit more

    ShyLesbian

    Tyler Cooper "Punk Rocker" - Fecal Matter

    Nathan Starkey

    Listen to anything on insecticide

  68. Gabriel D.

    my favorite album BLEACH!!!

    Lag monster LG

    Gabriel D. Every one of there albums are awsome!!!!!

    Giorgos Vl

    your favourite character? ICHIGO

    papercut

    @Giorgos Vl lol

  69. Hannah Stonem

    i always picture severus snape singing the versus

    cooliofoolio

    Severus Snape from Harry Potter?

    delinthefelon

    Ahaha that is in my head now forever

    Johanna Person

    ...i read this comment while kurt was singing "Don't feel guily masturbating"

  70. Cain Kobain

    to all the comments about this song being too short, Kurt's first band with Dale Crover called Fecal Matter did this song first and its 2 minutes longer and slower paced and is MILES better IMO

  71. The Marble Index

    I LOVE PUNK!!!!!!

    KristyKrispy Beta

    these idiot is nirvana grunge

    Naked Teenagers

    +TONY COBAIN theese idiots, the Grunch is a sub-genere of the Punk

    Javier Killer

    +TONY COBAIN is punk too , fucking piece of shit

    GoatBoy 14

    This song is a lot more Punk Rock then Grunge.

    theyungone2864

    @Naked Teenagers false. The word "grunge" was used as a corporate label by the 90s media.

  72. Emily Hankinson

    One of my favourites.

    Jehovah's Bitch

    Why wouldn't it be, this song's a badass. The bass though.

    Matt Beckley

    Emily H it's so much better without the superfuzz pedal on the very original track before nirvana even existed

  73. confusedandmysteriousidealist

    1:38 okay call me crazy, but did Kurt just say 'chocolate'? I probably have hearing problems lmao

    fecalmatter27

    @Fecal Matter is Sludge Punk another fecal matter junkie

    Super Penguin

    He says “Downer”

  74. lil thrasher

    its such like a ska song

    Travis Roberts

    HOOOOW!?!?!

    danielscissorhands

    Yes, it's just like a ska song, except for the fact that it is absolutely nothing like a ska song whatsoever.

    Shawarma Boy

    seriously ?

    lil thrasher

    fuck i was owned hard

    lil thrasher

    i think i meant skate punk but okay

  75. Wood5adcmain

    idk what but something about this song just puts a smile on my face.

  76. Bri Bruno

    I've been obsessed with Kurt and nirvana for like 3 years and my parents think i have a problem😂😬

    Pritz Steiner

    I'm obsessed with Kurt and Nirvana for almost 30 years and my parents used to gift me something in relation with it every Christmas and for each of my birthdays. ^^

    Scott Davis

    Me since the early 90s..Nothing sexual.. but i idolized him in a way back then, which is exactly what he did not want people..fans..anyone to do...But i still idolize his music to this day..

    Big Bubba

    Given his history, I’d also be concerned if I was your parent.

    Intectron

    Same here mate 😂

    Messages In Stone

    Bri Bruno Same here exactly.

  77. Donald O'Dell

    Such an under rated song

  78. James Petersen

    hey so I hate to be "that guy", but I made an album and I put a lot of effort into it (I rarely put effort into anything). so you should all check it out. Its called "pluviophiliac". I know its horrible but watch it anyways c: thanks

    Ugly Youth

    Tip: be a little more confident when you're advertising your art. :)

    James Petersen

    @Rail Martinez lol thanks xD but I'm just not a confident person

  79. Ro S

    Thank You, dear God, for put them on this Earth ;)

  80. camille diane sanks.

    YES!,I love nirvana REAL music,with REAL EMOTION!,un like this pussy shit now

    Liquid Awesomeness

    this reeks of try hard troll

    camille diane sanks.

    +Liquid Awesomeness not trolling,just speaking the truth,today's music sucks

    Liquid Awesomeness

    @Caricamillediansanks the truth spoken by literally millions of middle schoolers long before me or you

    camille diane sanks.

    +Liquid Awesomeness ok,whatever

    George Fanourakis

    yeah shit like the new bell witch album and stuff from mgla are totally emotionless,you are right

  81. Charlie Eaton

    These Are The Lyrics, From What I Can Make Out.

    Portray sincerity
    Act out of loyalty
    Defend every country
    Wish away the pain
    Hand out lobotomies
    To save little families
    Surrealistic fantasy
    Bland, boring pain!

    All we know is restitution
    Living out your day & future
    Is the hope please show me faster
    Don't feel guilty, master writing

    Somebody said that they're not much like I am, I know I can
    Make enough of the words for you to go along & I sing a song

    Sickening pessimist hypocrite master
    Conservative Communist apocalyptic bastard
    Thank you dear God for putting me on this Earth
    I feel very privileged in debt for my thirst!

    All we know is restitution
    Living out your day & future
    Is there hope please save me faster
    Don't feel guilty, master writing

    Somebody said that they're not much like I am, I know I can
    Make enough of the words for you to go along & I sing a song

    Oliver Lundberg

    its actually:
    Portray sincerity
    Act out of loyalty
    Defend every country
    Wish away the pain
    Hand out lobotomies
    To save little families
    Surrealistic fantasy
    Bland, boring pain!

    Hold me down in restitution
    Living out your date with fusion
    Is the whole fleece shun in master?
    Don't feel guilty, master writing

    Somebody said that they're not much like I am, I know I can
    Make enough of the words as you go along, I sing then some

    Sickening pessimist hypocrite master
    Conservative Communist apocalyptic bastard
    Thank you dear God for putting me on this Earth
    I feel very privileged in debt for my thirst!

    Hold me down in restitution
    Living out your date with fusion
    Is the whole fleece shun in master?
    Don't feel guilty, master writing

    Somebody said that they're not much like I am, I know I can
    Make enough of the words as you go along, I sing then some

    Charlie Eaton

    +Oliver Lundberg I Think Those Lyrics Are Wrong That's Why I Put My Version Up, Is The Whole Fleece Shun In Master It Just Doesn't Make Sence To Me

  82. Ury BB

    don't forget to masturbate, yeh!

    Xelärion

    Its master writher not masturbating

    Xelärion

    +Koen Jacht writing

    Mike A

    +Koen Jacht you both are wrong. It's "don't feel guilty masturbating"

    Zycho

    apocalyptic bastard!

  83. Vaiterius

    I can't even say the lyrics out loud as fast as Kurt did

  84. Kurt Kurdt

    ive done em massively fat to the max ive done em supermodel, but one thing i know they all made me pay - old right wing man (bad joke)

    Kurt Kurdt

    +Kurt Kurdt it means SARCASM

    Kurt Kurdt

    +Kurt Kurdt like most PUNK in general, the goal is comedy and horror and controversial sex as job?

    Kurt Kurdt

    +Kurt Kurdt probably

  85. D.j.Aarts

    soundtrack of my schoolyears

  86. sevillasoh

    NEstasaurus was here

  87. GojiFan1999

    Kurt cobain is fucking rapping

    brendan mell

    when did he say this?

    Mookie

    Umm... shit. Can't remember, but I remember scrolling through his quotes online and remember reading that one

    Fusioness 43

    Keegan Van Patten I don't think so... We need proof

    Jessie Eguia

    GRUNGER 43 its in his journals... just look thru it online if you don't own the book... he did say it

  88. John Lydon

    one of my favorite nirvana songs.also probably the'yre most underrated song in their whole discography.

    John Lydon

    yeah probably so.and i don't know why it's a really good song.

    And if you save your soul

    my fav song is sappy too fucking deep

    dimitri silva

    John Lydon
    The most underrated songs in Nirvana are:
    This song, Scentless Apprentice, Milk It, RFUS, Tourette's, Swap Meet, Sifting, Sappy, and I Hate Myself and Want to Die.

    SwagPuppetm8

    My favorite Nirvana (Fecal Matter) songs:Big Cheese,Downer,Aero Zepplin,Dive,On A Plain,Endless Nameless,Sound Of Dentage,Spank Thru,Blew,Floyd,Beans,Opinion,Blandest,etc.

    Sinai Tomas

    Hi John I play roblox

  89. teethgrinder07

    sounds cool 0.5 speed, theres a slower mix somewhere of this version (not the fecal matter one)

  90. Brittany Janosky

    So fucking hot

  91. Eulalie Cholmondeley

    dud te prsdint allow u to smoke that

  92. Eddie Mush

    I wish this song was looooooonger.

    Levi Roberts

    listen to the fecal matter version of downer 3 mins long.

    Duan Torruellas

    Eddie Mush hell yeah , its much too short for such a masterpiece.

    Bob Loudly

    0.75 speed

  93. Dragan Colakovic

    nije lose, ali moze bolje to...

    Slavisa Pavlovic

    ma ovo je vrh, najjaca sada

    Dragan Colakovic

    prelazna ocena ali ima i kvalitetnijih nota...

  94. Wild Lou

    your awesome. mate now go fuckyourself. its how kurt wants it! dont feel guilty master writing (baiting>)

    Wild Lou

    lulz. its bad ass. you said that. i dont rip your line,

  95. DegenerateSharingan

    Am I the only one who thinks this sound like Crossover Thrash?

    Punk93Metal

    More like punk rock. But yeah :)

    Wild Lou

    face palm. have you by any chance heard that music is called different things, yet art is how you interpret it kinda..? ya know motor nueron shit that artists use when they see things by multiple peoples eyes??? jsut asking, i love nirvana and tool. both spectrums everything to me is between.

  96. emilija sestokaite

    Speed 1,25 =  so fucking rock!!!

    Augrills

    @JamesBondBLHK100 There's noticeable vocal distortion in the pre-chorus, chorus and second verse. Chipmunk is hyperbolic, but that distortion is real. It's like playing a record on the wrong RPM. We all know what happens. This is like playing a 33.33 RPM record at 45. The change isn't HUGE, but if you actually listen, you notice it.


    Not trying to be a dick, but I can hear it and it makes the song worse for me. I like the song they actually made more than something that kind of sounds like speedmetal with off vocals.

    JamesBondBLHK100

    @Augrills Yeah, that I can understand, really.

    Luiz Campos

    +Cactus Juice why are u here i mean thats kinda of racist and u know how kurt was against it, just leave! in my personal opinion i hate people like u

    Ko19rn1021 -

    +JamesBondBLHK100 Maybe in some sort of sense, but not all metal is fast paced.

    JamesBondBLHK100

    @Ko19rn1021 - True. You're right about that. There's Alice In Chains. XD

  97. Andy Peeples

    This is the best song off of Bleach.

    Lil Ginge

    Andy Peeples i like school the best

    fr0zeN

    paper cuts is best

    Bella

    I think my favourites from bleach are paper cuts and lovebuzz!

    dimitri silva

    Andy Peeples
    Negative Creep!

    Sergio Balaguera

    Isn’t this originally off Incesticide?