"Blame" as written by and Michael/steinberg Doughty....
Is the cure
Cure anything

Throw the rudder down
Throw the rudder down

Broad latitude
Throw the rudder down
Throw the rudder down

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"Blame" as written by Michael Doughty Mark Degliantoni

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    General CommentI take this song to be ironic. It's saying that, in truth, blame doesn't 'cure anything' even though you can apply it to anything ('broad latitude'). To blame is to become a victim and give up control, not be in charge of your own direction: "throw the rudder down."

    And Mike Doughty does write poetry, go dig screenwriter's blues
    ~Doyleon November 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLike much of El Oso, this is pretty clearly Doughty's view on the vast gap that opened between him and the rest of the band. If you read his book he's very open about how they blamed him for everything - this is him in passive aggressive mode saying fine, blame me for everything that's gone wrong, it'll make you feel better at least.
    Jackman27on May 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment..gotta figure it's about sailing. doughty doesn't write poetry, he drops hints stylishly.
    yiggie241on July 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd always figured it was about how if you ever have a problem you just find a scapegoat and everything is fine. The world is big enough you can find someone to blame.
    ThePythonon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAt first, I would always hear it as "throw the runner out". Maybe I've been watching too much baseball.
    Thunderbolton May 10, 2012   Link

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