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Cobain came up with the song's title when his friend Kathleen Hanna,
At the time the lead singer of the riot grrrl punk band Bikini Kill,
spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his wall.
Since they had been discussing anarchism, punk rock, and similar topics,
Cobain interpreted the slogan as having a revolutionary meaning.
What Hanna actually meant, was that Cobain smelled like the
deodorant Teen Spirit, which his then-girlfriend Tobi Vail wore.
Cobain later claimed that he was unaware that it was a brand of
Deodorant until months after the single was released.

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Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Intro: x4

   F               Bb       Ab             C#      
e|-1---1-1---------1-1--0---4--4-4---------4--4-4-|
B|-1---1-1---------3-3--0---4--4-4---------6--6-6-|
G|-2---2-2-x-x-x-x-3-3--0---5--5-5-x-x-x-x-6--6-6-|
D|-3---3-3-x-x-x-x-3-3--0---6--6-6-x-x-x-x-6--6-6-|
A|-3---3-3-x-x-x-x-1-1--0---6--6-6-x-x-x-x-4--4-4-|
E|-1---1-1-x-x-x-x----------4--4-4----------------|

Bridge:

 F     Bb Ab C# F       Bb Ab C# F  
e|----1--------------1-------------|
B|--1--------------1---------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|

F    Bb    Ab    C#          F     
Load up on guns, bring your friends
     Bb     Ab        C#    F   
It's fun to lose  and to pretend
      Bb  Ab         C#    F     
She's overboard  and self-assured
   Bb    Ab       C#    F   
Oh no, I know   a dirty word

F    Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
     Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
     Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
    Bb      Ab   C#
Hello, Hello, Hello

Chorus:

         F          Bb           Ab        C#
With the lights out,   it's less dangerous   
        F       Bb      Ab      C#
Here we are now,   entertain us   
        F     Bb       Ab      C#
I feel stupid   and contagious   
        F      Bb      Ab      C#
Here we are now,  entertain us   
    F    Bb      Ab   C#      F     Bb
A mulatto   an albino    a mosquito   
     Ab   C#       F F#    C5 Bb Ab F F#     C5 Bb Ab F
My libido     yeah      hey              yay           

Bridge:

 F     Bb Ab C# F       Bb Ab C# F  
e|----1--------------1-------------|
B|--1--------------1---------------|
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|

F   Bb       Ab     C#   F   
I'm worse at what   I do best
    Bb       Ab     C#    F     
And for this gift I feel blessed
    Bb      Ab        C#     F   
Our little group  has always been
    Bb     Ab     C#      F  
And always will until the end

F    Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
     Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
     Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
    Bb      Ab   C#
Hello, Hello, Hello

Repeat Chorus

Solo:

  F   Bb  Ab    C#       F     Bb    Ab     C#       F  
e|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|---4--6-----4-5h6--4---------------------------------|
G|-5-------------------6-5---6-5---3-----3-4h5--3------|
D|--------6--------------------------6-------------6-5-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

    Bb     Ab   C#         F      Bb    Ab    C#        F  
e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|-6-5---6-5---6-5---6-5-5-3----6-5---6-5---6-5---6-5-5-3-|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

F   Bb   Ab         C#    F    
And I forget   just why I taste
   Bb      Ab       C#        F   
Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
  Bb       Ab         C#      F   
I found it hard, it's hard to find
   Bb        Ab    C#   F   
Oh well, whatever, nevermind

F    Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
     Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
     Bb       Ab       C#       F
Hello,   hello,   hello,  how Low
    Bb      Ab   C#
Hello, Hello, Hello

         F          Bb           Ab        C#
With the lights out,   it's less dangerous   
        F       Bb      Ab      C#
Here we are now,   entertain us   
        F     Bb       Ab      C#
I feel stupid   and contagious   
        F      Bb      Ab      C#
Here we are now,  entertain us   
    F    Bb      Ab   C#      F     Bb
A mulatto   an albino    a mosquito   
     Ab   C#     F    Bb     Ab   C#
My libido    a denial    a denial   
    F    Bb     Ab   C#     F    Bb     Ab  
a denial    a denial    a denial    aa denial
C#  F   Bb    Ab  C#     F   
a denial  a denial   aa denial

Ending:
F F F Bb x2
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