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"All Apologies"

The other day, for whatever reason, I slipped my old copy of Nirvana's Unplugged in New York while reading. About a few minutes in I recalled that we once had a certain assignment in high-school -- likely in grade seven or eight. It was essentially to read a book, and then to associate it with some poem, which we would recite to the class a later date, along with the association. The book that I read was Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, and the poem which I associated it with was Cobain's "All Apologies". The logic behind the choice was *cut for spoilers*. Thus, the thought was to present the poem as a reflection of the thoughts and guilt of the child Ender after the genocide. I remember quite a bit of silence settling over the room after that presentation.

(by Kurt Cobain)

"What else should I be? All apologies
What else could I say? Everyone is gay
What else could I write? I don't have the right
What else should I be? All apologies

In the sun, in the sun I feel as one
In the sun, in the sun
Married, buried

I wish I was like you easily amused
Find my nest of salt, everything is my fault
I'll take all the blame, aqua seafoam shame
Sunburn, freezerburn, choking on the ashes of her enemy

In the sun, in the sun I feel as one
In the sun, in the sun
Married, married
Married, buried
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are."


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