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The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana

The Man Who Sold the World

MTV Unplugged in New York
Grunge rock cover Nirvana alternative


The Man Who Sold the World is a song written and originally recorded by David Bowie. A live rendition of the song was recorded by the American grunge band Nirvana in 1993 during their MTV Unplugged appearance. It was released on the band's MTV Unplugged in New York album the following year. They regularly covered the song during live sets after their memorable acoustic performance up until lead singer Kurt Cobain's death in 1994. The song was released as a promo single for the album and received considerable airplay on alternative rock radio stations. It was also thrown into heavy rotation on music video stations such as MTV. In the wake of this cover, Bowie bemoaned the fact that when he performed the number himself he would encounter "kids that come up afterwards and say, 'It's cool you're doing a Nirvana song.' And I think, 'Fuck you, you little tosser!'"


There are multiple artists tracked as "Nirvana" on Last.fm. Following are six, listed in order of prominence: 1) Nirvana was a popular and highly influential American grunge band. The band formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987, and it was part of the Seattle grunge scene of the late 80s, alongside bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. As their popularity rose, alternative rock became a dominant genre on American and Canadian radio and music television during the early-to-mid '90s. Show more ...

The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana

We passed upon the stare
We spoke of was and when
Although I wasn't there
He said I was his friend

Which came as a surprise
I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone
A long long time ago


Oh no, not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With The Man Who Sold The World

I laughed and shook his hand
And made my way back home
I searched for form and land
For years and years I roamed
I gazed a gazeless stare
We walk millions hills
I must have died alone (Alt: I must have died along)
A long, long time ago


(x2)
Who knows?
Not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the Man who Sold the World



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