"I Never Learnt to Share" as written by and James Blake Litherland....
My brother and my sister don't speak to me,
but I don't blame them.


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  • +5
    Song MeaningIt's an in-joke, he's an only child. The joke is that his "brother and [his] sister" can't "speak to [him]" because they don't exist, so obviously he can't blame them.

    But then the title reveals the depth of the song, in that he always resented being an only child because he never learnt the basic social skills that other kids developed through interaction with their siblings, like how "to share" toys and the like.
    Enthused_punkon July 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove this song because it seems so simple and childish at first, but when you take another second to think about it you realize his "brother and sister" are actually his peers, and what he never learned to share is his thoughts and feelings.
    alxckon December 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is going to be huge. Wait until this drops in the US. Pitchfork will be all over it...
    saison February 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is what he said in an interview with Clash magazine:

    CLASH : What inspired the lyrics of "Never Learnt to share"? Was it a lament at being an only child?
    JAMES BLAKE : (Smiles)Possibly,yeah. I mean I don't think I thought of that at the time,but maybe you could extrapolate that
    from it. It's sort of an in-joke with myself,because I don't have a brother or sister;I don't blame them
    because they don't exist.
    ArcticJon March 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI could be wrong here, but I think his brother and his sister doesn't speak to them. He doesn't, however, blame them.

    (Just joking around, I love this song.)
    Daaanieeelon April 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is great stuff! James Blake is very a talented musician and he´s only 22 years old. What to come...?
    HankSayson February 18, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentFor a while my brother-in-law and sister didn't speak to me because I dropped out of high school. They still don't talk to me like they used to. Guess I shamed the whole family. I've cried to this song, and it still hurts, but I'm just gonna suck it up and move on. If they don't want a relationship with me any more its their loss. I'll always love my sister and she'll never know how much I looked up to her.

    Such a great song. Beautiful and sad, my favorite kind :)
    Aquarius121on April 10, 2011   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThis is going to be huge. Wait until this drops in the US. Pitchfork will be all over it...
    saison February 06, 2011   Link

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