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"Scentless Apprentice"
Artist
Nirvana
Released
1993
Heard/referenced in
Songfacts entry

"Scentless Apprentice" is a song by Nirvana featured in "Through the Looking Glass". It was played in Jack's car on his way to the memorial of the late John Locke.

Contents

Lyrics

Like most babies smell like butter
His smell smelled like no other
He was born scentless and senseless
He was born a scentless apprentice

Go away - get away, get a-way

Every wet nurse refused to feed him
Electrolytes smell like semen
I promise not to sell your perfumed secrets
There are countless formulas for pressing flowers

Go away - get away, get a-way

I lie in the soil and fertilize mushrooms
Leaking out gas fumes are made into perfume
You can't fire me because I quit!
Throw me in the fire and I won't throw a fit

Go away - get away, get away, get away, get away, get away, get a-way

Episode

The lyrics that are audible in "Through the Looking Glass" are:

Like most babies smell like butter
His smell smelled like no other
He was born scentless and senseless
He was born a scentless apprentice

Cultural References

"Scentless Apprentice" is based on the German novel The Perfume, by Patrick Süskind. Published in 1985, the novel tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a boy born without body odour but with a heightened sense of smell. Grenouille grows up to be a perfume apprentice, and uses perfume to mask his lack of odour. He also becomes a murderer, stealing the smells of his female victims in his quest to create a human odour for himself. More recently, the source material was filmed as Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

In a 1993 MuchMusic interview, Cobain claimed that his copy of Perfume almost never left his pocket. Cobain said he related to Grenouille's alienation and lack of humanity.

External links

  • Wikipedia - "Scentless Apprentice"
  • Listen to the song at YouTube
  • Listen to the song (Extended Version)(Demo) at YouTube
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