When I was 13 I first became aware that music was quite exciting. My very first band that I liked were Guns&Roses, not just because I giggled at all the swearing but because it had lots of energy. I got into Nivarna in a big way and decided to test my devotion to them by completely memorising the lyrics poem printed on the inside cover of their Nevermind album:

Spring is here again, tender age in bloom, he knows not what it means, sell the kids for food, we can have some more * The water is so yellow, I’m a healthy student, you’re my vitamins* Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don’t be late* And just maybe I’m to blame for all I’ve heard but I’m not sure, I’m so excited I can’t wait to meet you there but I don’t care* I don’t care if it’s old, I don’t mind if I don’t have a mind, get away from your home* Have to poison skin, give an inch take a smile* Never met a wise man if so it’s a woman, gotta find a way to find a way, I had better wait* One more special message to go, as defence I’m neutered and sprayed, what the hell am I trying to say? I got so high that I scratched until I bled* The second coming came in last and out of the closet* At the end of the rainbow and your rope* Don’t hurt yourself, I want some help to help myself, she’s just as bored as me* I’ve got this friend you see, who makes me feel, I don’t regret a thing* And the animals I’ve trapped have all become my pets* Our little group has always been and always will until the end, 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, yay, a denial, I’m worst at what I do best and for this gift I feel blessed, I found it hard, it was hard to find, oh well, whatever, NEVERMIND*

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