Nirvana – Lithium


Here is basic information about "Lithium" from songfacts.com:

"Lithium", seen by many, is about a man on the verge of committing suicide: dysfunctional, random and all that. However, it is very important not to read Kurt Cobain's lyrics too much. When listening to live programs, many songs contain altered lyrics that sound like other words, which was one of the most unique things about Nirvana.

Lithium is a medication used by doctors and psychiatrists to treat patients with manic-depressive disorder, also known as bipolar depression. This is a very volatile mental condition, and lithium often helps regulate the patient's mood. Mike Tyson is a famous lithium patient.

The single CD had an ultrasound photo of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's unborn daughter, Frances Bean.

The album was produced by Butch Vig. He also produced the Siamese Dream of Smashing Pumpkins and is the drummer of the Garbage band.

Kurt Cobain collaborated with Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan in an informal blues band during 1990. One of the names they considered for the group was Lithium.

There was a group called Nirvana that existed between 1967 and 1972 and had modest success in Europe. That band rejoined and sued Nirvana of Kurt Cobain in the early 1990s for taking his name. The lawsuit was resolved amicably, and the other Nirvana released his version of "Lithium" on his 1996 album Orange And Blue.

Cobain spent a period of his life moving between the homes of several relatives and friends. One of these friends came from a family of reformed Christians, and in this song, Cobain compares living in this house with having bipolar depression.

Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid told Rolling Stone magazine: "My favorite song in Nevermind was & # 39; Lithium & # 39; Kurt Cobain took advantage of some of the culture that nobody had given a voice to before: passionate ambivalence : "I'm so ugly, but it's fine because you are too." He captured the idea of ​​having incredibly powerful feelings about not having feelings. "

Bruce Lash recorded a soft lounge version that was used in the 2008 film Marley & Me. Lash explains: "I recorded the song as part of an album I called Prozak For Lovers II, in 2004. I did the first Prozak For Lovers in 1998. I was looking for songs that were hard or angry or alienated to make a kind of Loungy Bossa Novas from "Calm them down. Calm them down." Lithium & # 39; has such a beautiful melody, and I never realized how great the lyrics were until I started working on the Prozak version. It was natural!
What happens with this type of song treatment is that the lyrics really come to the fore, and I find that the result is especially pleasant when the lyrics are as good as in this song.

How did he get to Marley? The film's editor, Mark Livolsi, told me that he had included it in the cut quite soon and that his placement was never questioned. I have no idea how he found my recording of the song. However, I sent him a fruit basket as a thank you. 🙂 "(Prozak For Lovers II is available on CD Baby and iTunes).

Video credits to nirvanawire YouTube channel





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Nirvana – Lithium

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  1. Meu óculos do Kurt Cobain acabou de chegar do correio eu tô muito feliz e vim ouvir essa música, eu tava dormindo e meu pai me acordou.

  2. Subscriped as a woman of living yrs living being been fed thousands of drugs due to my depression, anxiety, mania and I can go on for the past 25 years with with this song (and whose disease was without a doubt the doubt the one thing that kept me alive, such as other Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Foo Fighters & many more. anythese bands not only previously masterpieces …Which instead of producing beatiful and real pieces, covering lost love, bullying, exclusion, lonliness, addiction, mental illness and MANY other human by Awesome, creative, kind and worthy people,making SO MANY feelining worthy despiste being different….. Often listen to music whilst listening to working on deadlines, & just cannot feel any physical or emotional to the things being put out there today. So, perhaps I should take the gratitude from from some of the 90's Rock/Altertanitive, etc . Am a skilled, competant highly-skilled-reccommended, yet due to living in SA nowaday, am forced to take a take job at a fraction of my skill, experience, productivity etc, yet thank Eddie Vedder (Pleeasse come to Cape Town SA), Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana and other true majestic artists, as just listening to your beatiful tracks tracks, whether 20 years or ago, make it all worthwhile!! xxxxxxxxx

  3. the guy god used to heal me of bipolar said that i would be able to do the same for others. bipolar is brain damage due to extreme stress. i would put my hand on your head and pray a simple prayer out loud that you can agree with. i would need to cast out any demons first .as they will prevent healing. i know how to do that.

  4. When i was a kid. i have a neighbor in his 20's playing this song every Saturday. out and loud, i got hooked up by this because of "yeah yeah yeah" which the word i can only understand that time. the man knows to have a problem he doesn't go out of their house and stay there playing nirvana,mlrt, radiohead and alice in chains (90s stuff). many years past. when in my pre adult years, i got a lot of problems in my life. giving me a massive depression and anxiousness. giving me a total outcast to the society. now i totally get the meaning of this song and i truly understand what he facing through past years. i really relate to him and to the song.

    sorry for bad english. but this is my jam when the whole world turns down on me.

  5. after listen to alan watts the white symbols on a black backround make this art all the more profound. its also confounding but i see the white eye in this arts black for there is my own black eye that allows me to see this duality . Nirvana

  6. I apologize for the fact that, due to my inexperience, I exceeded my time at the beginning, but I will try now to make up the time lost. Love you KURT! ∞♡

  7. “I’m so happy cuz today i found my friends their in my head” I’ve been thinking is this like a schizophrenia or multiple personality’s reference

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