Come on people now smile on your brother everybody get together
Try to love one another right now
“Get Together”, also known as “Let’s Get Together”, is a song written in the early 1960s by American singer-songwriter Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti), and best known for its 1967 recording by The Youngbloods.
The song is an appeal for peace and brotherhood, presenting the polarity of love versus fear, and the choice to be made between them.
Nirvana aren’t about peace and brotherhood, so when bassist Krist Novoselic sings this part, it comes off as silly and ironic.
Novoselic tells that he just randomly sang this when they were in the studio recording and it just stuck.
The song was a 60’s hippie anthem, spreading the word of peace and free love. Krist Novoselic’s interpratation of it is the most important parts of the song. Novoselic distorts the song to make it sound like a piece of bullshit idealism — a hopeless dream, as hippie parents sold out and went corporate just like everyone before and after them. I think the band was saying the carefree times of the 60’s are gone, and have left those growing up in the 90’s in its wake.
“Maybe some baby boomers will hear that and wonder what happened to those ideals,” said Novoselic.
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