mulatto

02Jun09

NirvanaDefinition:
mu•lat•to
[muh-lat-oh]

–noun
the offspring of one white parent and one black parent: not in technical use

Artist: Nirvana
Song: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Album: Nevermind

5 cent synonyms:
mixed race, bi-racial

Interpretation of this 25 cent word in the song:
Along with albino, mosquito and libido, mulatto is hardly a “dirty word.” The word fits in with the list of contradictory ideas, but maybe it just helped the rhyme sound cool. Of course Wikipedia has a long interpretation of the entire song.

Lyrics:
From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Load up on guns and bring your friends
It’s fun to lose and to pretend
She’s over bored and self assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word

Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My libido
Yay!
Hey (x2)

I’m worse at what I do best
And for this gift I feel blessed
Our little tribe has always been
And always will until the end

Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My Libido
Yay!
Hey (x2)

And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah, I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard, it was hard to find
Oh well, whatever, nevermind

Hello, hello, hello, how low? (x3)
Hello, hello, hello!

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My libido



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