"Never Yours" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
[Chorus]
Say I have known some
Less than I should
Say I have known some
Too well for my own good
Say I'm a saint of mercy
Say I'm a whore
I've been a lot of things
But never yours

I wear my mama's dress
Her finest clothes
Daddy showed me outside
To meet you on the front porch
I laugh at all your jokes
But you look bored
I've been a lot of things but never yours

You never cross my mind
You can be sure
You'll never catch my eye
Waiting for you watching the door
I let you hold me
Dry lip kiss me on the dance hall floor
I've been a lot of things
But never yours

Never yours [Repeat: x8]

So you say you won
It was a bet
A game of pool or cards
I repay my family's debt
I let you lie beside me
With no remorse
I've been a lot of things
But never yours

[Chorus]


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"Never Yours" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General CommentI can't belive no one has commented on this song!

    I love it, it is so amazing. To me, I see alot of themes of things like arranged marriage, like the following of orders, but not giving over a part of yourself, never being truley "theirs"

    I am probably seeing very random parts of it, and no one probably agree's with me, but I don't mind.
    AlohaRoseon June 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is how I like to imagine the story.

    A well-bred woman fell in love young with someone who was considered inappropriate for her. She gave herself to her love, but her family pushes her into courtship with another suitor, pressured by his greater wealth. He traps her by putting financial pressure on her family by gambling with her male relatives in what he knows is for them a losing game.

    I really like the idea of a suitor who's been in love with her from the start, but who doesn't know how to convince her to love him back and in return is forced to pressure her into a forced hand. He keeps himself detached as he pursues her, her lack of interest making him cold and bitter.

    And then when she's finally "all his", after all he's done to try to force her to be his, she hates him. He's alienated himself through his treatment of her. Whether in the future he shows her tenderness or the same, bitter brutality as before, she's lost to him forever.
    Pelicanson September 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can't belive no one has commented on this song!

    I love it, it is so amazing. To me, I see alot of themes of things like arranged marriage, like the following of orders, but not giving over a part of yourself, never being truley "theirs"

    I am probably seeing very random parts of it, and no one probably agree's with me, but I don't mind.
    AlohaRoseon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that's an intresting take on this AlohaRose. But it makes sense especially with the lines
    "So you say you won
    It was a bet
    A game of pool or cards
    I repay my family's dept
    I let you lie beside me
    With no remorse"
    It's a sad song. A lot of her songs are sad.
    Wulfe87on July 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song shows an emptiness. she has so many other problems (fast car talks about family issues too) that she cant really be SOMEONES because you have to be wholly yours first. the fact that she writes "you never cross my mind, you can be sure" is ironic: shes writing a song about it. its that facade of strength that keeps her HERS, without letting anyone in. Shes saying "never yours" in two ways: 1.) shes showing her 'strength' that no one can ever own her. 2.) shes showing her sadness, that she really hasnt been his and she wishes she had the capacity to be.
    yummyindietuneson May 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo yummyindietunes: Your explanation was perfect. This song is amazing...and just like you said it shows her strength and sadness.
    noliesjustloveXxXon July 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits like an arranged marriage and shes with him because shes got to be "I repay my familys debt" but she will never be his
    annmarie7on September 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely love this song, I think its about a reluctance to let go and experience emotional intimacy. She might've been round the block a few times and have a reputation for being a bit of a whore but she's empowered by the fact that her promiscuity isn't accompanied by a willingness to belong to someone emotionally. Agree with yummyindietunes though, there is a sad undertone like maybe she'd quite like all the emotional ties too.
    Youarethemusicinmeon November 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've never seen this song as anything but the story of a young woman, raped at the prom by the son of a family friend that had made a bet that he could bed her at the prom.

    After being raped, she may have gained a reputation as a whore because of his subsequent boasting, or he could have called her such during a confrontation at some point.


    To me, the arranged marriage idea doesn't work because the relationship is a past tense situation, and this is not a happy song, at all.
    JudasRemainson June 28, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti agree youarethemusicinme, i think shes been round the block a bit and then maybe is forced into an arranged marriage.
    lucy02on January 06, 2008   Link

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