"Not for You" as written by and Eddie Vedder David Abbruzzese....
Restless soul, enjoy your youth
Like Muhammad hits the truth
Can't escape from the common rule
If you hate something, don't you do it, too

Small my table, sits just two
Got so crowded, I can't make room
Oh, where did they come from?
Stormed my room
And you dare say it belongs to you, to you

This is not for you
This is not for you
This is not for you
Oh, not for you ah, you

Scream my friends don't call me
Friends, they don't scream
My friends don't call my friends don't

All that's sacred comes from youth
Dedications, naive and true
With no power, nothing to do
I still remember, why don't you?
Don't you

This is not for you
This is not for you
This is not for you
Oh, never was for you, fuck you
This is not for you
Oh, this is not for you yeah, you
This is not for you
Oh, not for you
Oh, you

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"Not For You" as written by Eddie Vedder David Abbruzzese

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  • +3
    General CommentNot for you means the music is for the people, not a single person, especially YOU alone. So stop screaming at him, trying to call him, invading his privacy. You wouldnt like someone invading yours! (IF you hate something dont do it too) Go out enjoy your youth. With no power you had nothing to do, he still remembers, don't you?
    Unfortunatley, Ed is famous, and will never be left alone. I think now he has accepted that, but when he wrote this he didn't.
    Benplaceon June 20, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think benplace and dimitri are right.....
    as it says here: db.etree.org/shn/…
    Ed said the song is directed towards ".....someone who thinks they're more important than the people making the music; the people listening to the music; or the music itself. And this is just a reminder that they're not."
    personblahblahon January 06, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti thought it said like muhammad its the truth
    spoonman7on April 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentStarting of the song brings up a great point. It's like he's telling everybody that you also do things that you accuse me of doing. "Like Muhammad hits the truth"
    iceberg020on November 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti believe its about the media and fans invading his life
    mooeychickon February 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think you guys already got the meaning down for the most part. i think its about people who call them selves fans because they know a few songs or because, at that time, grunge was the big thing.

    i think this song is basically saying eddie doesnt care what the media thinks and what the fairweather fans think because he doesnt write music for them. he writes it for the true fans who know more songs than just alive, jeremy, and yellow ledbedder.

    although i wouldn't know half of what i know about grunge had it not have been for "seymour jugs"
    ...sorry, had to give credit where credit is due.
    PearlJamRuleson April 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay so I posted basically the exact same thing twice, 2 months apart. Great.
    Tig45on June 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe, this song is very autobiographical. I think eddie was becoming upset and very sick of the celebrity thing when he wrote this. I think the song is aimed at critics and people who rape music of its art. It's like saying "this song is not for you, fuck you"...this is one of my favorite pj songs
    dimitrion May 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinitely autobiographical. i have a tape of it live, and he says "small my table, it seats just two, me and beth" (beth is his wife). that sums up the song. his life consists of him and his wife, and anyone else is just butting in.
    PJ10on May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll that's sacred comes from youth
    Dedication, naive and true
    With no power, nothing to do

    im wondering what he means by that
    Artsyon December 10, 2004   Link

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