"No One Is To Blame" as written by and Howard Jones....
You can look at the menu, but you just can't eat
You can feel the cushion, but you can't have a seat
You can dip your foot in the pool, but you can't have a swim
You can feel the punishment, but you can't commit the sin

And you want her, and she wants you
We want everyone
And you want her and she wants you
No one, no one, no one ever is to blame
You can build a mansion, but you just can't live in it
You're the fastest runner but you're not allowed to win
Some break the rules, and let you cut the cost
The insecurity is the thing that won't get lost

And you want her, and she wants you
We want everyone
And you want her and she wants you
No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

You can see the summit but you can't reach it
It's the last piece of the puzzle but you just can't make it fit
Doctor says you're cured but you still feel the pain
Aspirations in the clouds but your hopes go down the drain

And you want her, and she wants you
We want everyone
And you want her and she wants you
No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

No one ever is to blame
No one ever is to blame


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    General CommentSince no one has said anything about potential meanings, I'm going to take a crack at it. For me, it's a song about impossible love - about two people who are in love but can't be together, for any number of reasons. The two people know how great it could be but they can't have each other. Hence, they can look at the menu (see the other person, perhaps) but they can't eat (be together). They have the last piece of the puzzle (the other person) but they're not able to put it where it goes (into their lives). I like all the metaphors he finds to describe this situation.

    I'm pretty sure the riff is done with a synth, but yes - it is great. I like his vocals, too.
    jenbebeon February 24, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationIt Can mean a lot of things to different people. It may not ever be about a relationship tho most songs are about them. you can look at it like you can have all the things in your life to make your life great. Job Skills great family and friends but you just can't place yourself in a great job or environment to succeed in life.
    1david6.comon September 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo me (before I read the actual lyrics) it was kind of an indictment of me. Basically it was saying you have everything going for you but you get nowhere and you can't figure out that it's your fault because your a selfish clueless insensitive person...I hated the song for many years but it's grown to be one of my favorites.
    socrtwoon June 09, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionI think people already nailed parts of this one.

    This song to me is about fealing like a looser all your life. Sombody that plays by the rules and never gets ahead. Perhaps you are the best but the bosses son got the promotion. But this person has high moral standards and can not take the easy way outs. No matter what he is going to feal the pain. Feal guilty if he breaks the rules or feal like crap for not getting ahead in life.

    Most of all though I think it is about this person struggling in a failed relationship. He is torn because of the commitments he has. Perhaps a bad marriage, something that looked so good in the beginning but there is no love now. He knows another woman and they like each other. They know they would be happy together but religious, social, and self imposed ethics prevent him from acting on the emotions. Even if he would give up the failed marriage and go after this other woman he has thought this out....He would feal guilt and emotional pain . He hates himself, he feels week. He can not solve this dilemma....he feels the punishment but you can't commit the sin. He has little hope for a happy life.
    1CrazyGuyon September 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAn incredibly spiritual song. We can never quite satisfy in life. With things, for sure. They ultimately don't satisfy and are an empty bowl. And relationships, even though I want her and she wants me, we can never really completely assuage our sense of separation. The recurring theme in relationship counseling....BLAME. We come from unity and long for it all our life. "We want everyone." And the great spiritual teaching....hold no grievance. It is the way life is. We are all innocent. "No One is to Blame."
    An anthem for love and understanding in this world. We can only wish.
    jimmeejamon January 17, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about knowing you have the skill and talent and the drive to succeed in life but never gives you the chance to do so.
    Viperjonon February 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow the 80's were great
    minemanon April 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you mineman.... the 80's were the best. This song is one ofmy favorites
    fixxxer327on June 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe wonderful chorus and guitar riff really make this song great.
    hidispenseron October 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgreat song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    absent124on June 17, 2005   Link

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