"You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory" as written by and John Genzale....
It doesn't pay to try
All the smart boys know why
It doesn't mean, I didn't try
I just never know, why

It isn't 'cause I'm all alone
Oh, baby, you're not home
And when I'm home
Big deal, I'm still alone

It's so restless, I am
Beat my head against a pole
Try to knock some sense, down 'side my bones
And even though it don't show
Those guys are so old

[Chorus:]
Can't put your arms around a memory
Can't put your arms around a memory
Can't put your arms around a memory
Don't try
Don't try

You're just a basket case
And you got no name
Could you live with me?
Go on and say
And even though it don't show
Those guys are so old
Can't put your arms around a memory

[Chorus:]

Johnny you're me
Yeah, you're memory
I want to put my arms around your memory
I can't try, I can't try...don't try


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"You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" as written by Johnny Thunders

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    General CommentIt's about liking a girl a lot, and you are unsure if she likes you back so you are scared to ask her out, and you end up feeling sad. "You can't put your arms around a memory" could refer to the person saying he wants more than 1 memory of the girl, he wants to put his arms around her, not just a memory of her.
    Sprite1on December 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know who Johnny is?
    K-nuxXxon April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohnny Thunders-lead guitarist from The New York Dolls...Duff has this crazy obsession with him..
    johnnycabollion May 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, That's the only reason it's on the CD, It says "In memory of Johnny Thunders" in the booklet
    GunsNFnRoseson June 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAxl's singing this song about some guy who tried to get her, and he got her, for about 5 minutes. Then she's off again. He's trying to forget her now and he's also kicking himself for actually caring enough to try. Should've been smarter Jonny. You can go out with me if you like...
    jovivstyleron June 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJohnny Thunders was the Lead Guitarist for the New York Dolls, He also formed the Heartbreakers, a early punk band. Known for being quite the junkie, This Song is one of his best, a song about regret, nevertheless, he died of a herion overdose in 1991.
    Staticburn89on August 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOk, so know one gets confused, this song isn't by gnr, its by a much better artist, Johnny Thunders, who was lead guitar and part time vocalist for proto-punk group 'The New York Dolls' who inspired the Ramones who then inspired all of the UK punk rock scene. Johnny then moved on to form the Heartbreakers, then went solo, and eventually od'ed on Heroine. This song was on his solo album 'So Alone' and FYI the whole spaggetti whatever album by GNR is all covers and totally unoriginal, (another great song on it is New Rose by the damned).

    And onw of the lines is 'sposed to be 'bastard kid' not 'basket-case'.

    As for what the song means, I think its about being an outcast from society (punk former glam-rocker) and the trouble that causes with relationships.
    Vacuitys Baneon April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll covers and totally unoriginal? Douchbag, the point is that they are paying tribute to inspiration. You even contradict yourself. "Another great song". You simp.
    Hackfeston May 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song...idk why...it just sounds so awesome! i am a HUGE gnr fan! keep rockin axl!!!!
    chelsear_2011on November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song...idk why...it just sounds so awesome! i am a HUGE gnr fan! keep rockin axl!!!!
    chelsear_2011on November 21, 2008   Link

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