"Don't Damn Me" as written by W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, Izzy Stradlin, David Lank, Darren A. Reed and Matt Sorum....
Don't damn me
When I speak a piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me

Be it a song or a casual conversation
To hold my tongue speaks
Of quiet reservations
Your words once heard
They can place you in a faction
My words may disturb
But at least there's a reaction

Sometimes I want to kill
Sometimes I want to die
Sometimes I want to destroy
Sometimes I want to cry
Sometimes I could get even
Sometimes I could give up
Sometimes I could give
Sometimes I never give a fuck

It's only for a while
I hope you understand
I never wanted this to happen
Didn't want to be a man
So I hid inside my world
I took what I could find
I cried when I was lonely
I fell down when I was blind

But don't damn me when I speak
A piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me

How can I ever satisfy you
An how can I ever make you see
That, deep inside we're all somebody
An it don't matter who you want to be
But now I gotta smile I hope you comprehend
For this man can say it happened
'Cause this child has been condemned
So I stepped into your world
I kicked you in the mind
An I'm the only witness
To the nature of my crime

But look at what we've done
To the innocent and young
Whoa listen to who's talking
'Cause we're not the only ones
The trash collected by the eyes
And dumped into the brain
Said it tears into our conscious thoughts
You tell me who's to blame

I know you don't want to hear me crying
An I know you don't want to hear me deny
That your satisfaction lies in your illusions
But your delusions are yours an not mine
We take for granted that we know the whole story
We judge a book by it's cover
And read what we want
Between selected lines

Don't hail me
An don't idolize the ink
Or I've failed in my attentions
Can you find the missing link
Your only validation is in living your own life
Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time
So I send this song to the offended
I said what I meant and I've never pretended
As so many others do intending just to please
If I damned your point of view
Could you turn the other cheek

Don't damn me when I speak a piece a mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
Put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me
Don't damn me
I said don't damn me
I said don't hail me
Ah, don't damn me


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"Don't Damn Me" as written by Izzy Stradlin (usa 2) Slash

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  • +4
    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, my head almost exploded. The great guitar riff, combined with the meaning of the lyrics, the excessive head banging, and even the power of Axl's singing(that guy can sing a whole song without taking a breath) almost did me in. Axl is saying in this song to not criticize him, or anyone, for their beliefs, "Don't damn me when I speak a piece of mind." He states that everyone is just as bad, "We judge a book by it's cover and read what we want, between selected lines." Live your life, believe what you want to believe, but don't chastise people for what they believe, and realize that you aren't always right and that everyone has their flaws. And I love the way Axl adds a little attitude, as he does in so many of his songs, by saying "So I send this song to the offended."
    Ratman_84on March 20, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPeople criticise GnR for songs like Civil War, saying that they contribute to things like social unrest. This is their response.
    "Sometimes I wanna kill
    Sometimes I wanna die
    Sometimes I wanna destroy
    Sometimes I wanna cry
    Sometimes I could get even
    Sometimes I could give up
    Sometimes I could give
    Sometimes I never give a fuck"
    That's one of the best descriptions of human psychology ever written. No one has a static personality, and things affect people in unexpected ways.
    Regos the Saneon June 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song is about the fact that people criticize them for being vulgar and crude, but they being more honest and inspirational than all the crap on the radios.

    My interpretation, lyric by lyric-

    "Don't damn me
    When I speak a piece of my mind
    'Cause silence isn't golden
    When I'm holding it inside"
    -They're saying not to get mad at them when they say what they think, because it's worse for them to hold it inside that to put it on vinyl.
    "'Cause I've been where I have been
    An I've seen what I have seen
    I put the pen to the paper
    'Cause it's all a part of me"
    -This stanza justifies their language because it's all honest and true, and it explains that they're musicians; it's only natural for them to write music from their experiences.
    "Be it a song or a casual conversation
    To hold my tongue speaks
    of quiet reservations"
    -These words explain that not saying what you truly want to in a song is the same as not honestly answering a question in a casual conversation.
    "Your words once heard
    they can place you in a faction
    My words may disturb
    But at least there's a reaction"
    -Here they're saying that although their words have segregated them from parts of the musical (and world) community, their music is still better because, although it can be crude and disturbing, it's still getting a reaction- until pop music.
    "Sometimes I wanna kill
    Sometimes I wanna die
    Sometimes I wanna destroy
    Sometimes I wanna cry
    Sometimes I could get even
    Sometimes I could give up
    Sometimes I could give
    Sometimes I never give a fuck"
    -Here they're (read: Axl's) saying how they feel about the music press and the music in general.
    "It's only for a while
    I hope you understand
    I never wanted this to happen
    Didn't want to be a man"
    -I, personally, think that this is really Axl talking here. If you take this stanza away from the rest, you start to think that he's really talking about his behavior and attitude. He's trying to say the he never really anticipated that the band would get this big, and he never anticipated that he'd have to act grown-up to follow his dreams. He's also saying the band is "only for a while", and that he hopes the fans understand if they break up.
    "So I hid inside my world
    I took what I could find
    I cried when I was lonely
    I fell down when I was blind"
    -Here they're trying to say that they turned to drugs ("my world", "what I could find") to feel better and deal with things. However, they just cried and fell down (broke away).
    "But don't damn me when I speak
    a piece of my mind
    'Cause silence isn't golden
    when I'm holding it inside
    'Cause I've been where I have been
    An I've seen what I have seen
    I put the pen to the paper
    'Cause it's all a part of me"
    -See the top for the explanation.
    "How can I ever satisfy you
    An how can I ever make you see
    That deep inside we're all somebody
    An it don't matter who you wanna be"
    -Here they're asking how they can ever make people understand to stop criticizing them just because they're big and famous, and they're trying to explain that they're still real people, no matter how big they are.
    "But now I gotta smile I hope you comprehend
    For this man can say it happened
    'Cause this child has been condemned"
    -Axl is saying that a lot of his words are twisted into their happy, partying, drinking, debauchery side. He's also trying to say not to always believe what you read about Gn'R, because the journalist can say anything with the general support of the public. For reference, the "child has been condemned" line is referencing the fact that the tabloids gain the support of parents who don't want their kids listening to Gn'R.
    "So I stepped into your world
    I kicked you in the mind
    An I'm the only witness
    to the nature of my crime"
    -They're saying here they aren't being extremely innovative, just making their world (life, stories) public.
    "But look at what we've done
    to the innocent and young
    Whoa listen to who's talking
    'cause we're not the only ones"
    -Here they're saying that other bands who want the same attention that Gn'R gets try to gain public support by talking about how crude GnR is. However, they fight back in this stanza by making a point that at one time, Gn'R probably did drugs with the other band.
    "The trash collected by the eyes
    and dumped into the brain
    Said it tears into our conscious thoughts
    you tell me who's to blame"
    -Here they're saying that even though people supposedly reject this information, their still convincing fans bit by bit to turn to more popular music.
    "I know you don't wanna hear me crying
    An I know you don't wanna hear me deny
    That your satisfaction lies in your illusions
    But your delusions are yours an not mine"
    -Here Axl is apologizing for his rants, but he's trying to say that he only does it because the only completely true audience can be found at a concert.
    "We take for granted we know the whole story
    We judge a book by its cover
    and read what we want
    Between selected lines"
    -Here they're pretty much saying that no matter what, we'll always believe things selectively. A major bash at religion, if you ask me.
    "Don't hail me
    An don't idolize the ink
    Or I've failed in my attentions
    can you find the missing link"
    -Here they're trying to say not to take things to seriously or live your life to the lyrics, because you'll just end up dead and/or seriously messed up.
    "Your only validation is in living your own life
    Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time"
    -I think this line explains itself. They pretty much said that following everyone else isn't making a point of yourself, and that it's a waste of time to live your life to other's expectations or fears.
    "So I send this song to the offended
    I said what I meant and I've never pretended
    As so many others do intending just to please
    If I damned your point of view
    could you turn the other cheek"
    -Here they're saying that they've meant every word they've said, and that they stand by it. They're also saying that if they made you angry, you have the choice to throw the record away and turn the other cheek.
    "Don't damn me when I speak a piece a mind
    'Cause silence isn't golden
    when I'm holding it inside
    I've been where I have been
    An I've seen what I have seen
    Put the pen to the paper
    'Cause it's all a part of me
    Don't damn me
    I said don't damn me
    I said don't hail me
    Don't damn me"
    -Refer to very top for the interpretation of this lyric.

    Of course, this is just what I think they mean.

    Thanks!
    pyrrhicvictoriaon March 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this song is a reaction to the reaction of One In A Million; "My words may disturb but at least it's a reaction".

    Also, the
    "Sometimes I wanna kill
    Sometimes I wanna die
    Sometimes I wanna destroy
    Sometimes I wanna cry
    Sometimes I could get even
    Sometimes I could give up
    Sometimes I could give
    Sometimes I never give a fuck" is the most perfect way I've ever seen of describing life.
    NeilGnRon May 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. I love it, it just...shows you that people need to be more considerate of other people, and we could do without critizizing people becuase of beliefs.
    AudiLuvaon June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song writer. I love it! This song is so true
    melm4402on May 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this has some of the best lyrics ever to a song. Although, the lyrics to the song "Locomotive" also are very good. Axl is one of the best writers ever. No question about it.
    (V)%()£Yon August 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song just fucking rocks!

    To me its:

    "Let me say what i want WHENEVER THE FUCK I WANT TO! I dont have to keep silent for you, ill speak my mind and kick your fucking ass while im at it!"
    Popcorn_adleron January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs you said, this song to me means that you shouldn't judge someone for what he says even though it may contradict with your own belives.

    "We take for granted we know the whole story
    We judge a book by its cover
    and read what we want
    Between selected lines"
    Those lines are telling us that what we belive might be based on something we don't fully know about, such as based on what the media tells us or wants us to belive.

    "Your only validation is in living your own life
    Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time"

    This part is also golden. It explains itself, we shouldn't live our life by pleasing others, rather do what pleases us.
    Klemmion February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA quote from the song "But look at what we've done
    to the innocent and young
    Whoa listen to who's talking
    'cause we're not the only ones
    The trash collected by the eyes
    and dumped into the brain
    Said it tears into our conscious thoughts
    you tell me who's to blame" is very important because it seems like hes saying that modern society blames his kind for the problems of the young
    Logornkoon September 13, 2006   Link

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