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Song of the Day #3,415: ‘The Man Who Sold the World (Unplugged)’ – Nirvana

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While Eric Clapton’s appearance was the most successful MTV Unplugged set, Nirvana’s performance in late 1993 is the most iconic.

Recorded and aired just a few months before lead singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide, this haunting appearance took on even more meaning following the news of his death. Stripped of the grunge trappings, bearing his soul onstage, it’s hard not to see Cobain’s tragic future in his sad eyes.

The setlist featured several Nirvana hits but also a surprising number of covers, including this powerful rendition of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold the World.’

[Verse 1]
We passed upon the stair
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

[Chorus]
Oh no, not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

[Verse 2]
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
At all the millions here
I must have died alone
A long, long time ago

[Chorus]
Who knows? Not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

[Guitar Solo]

[Chorus]
Who knows? Not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the man who sold the world

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