Last time I saw you, you were on stage
Your hair was wild, your eyes were red
And you were in a rage
You were swinging your guitar around.
Cause they wanted to hear that sound
But you didn't want to play.
And I don't blame you.

I don't blame you.

Been around the world, in many situations
Been inside many heads in different positions
But you never wanted them that way.
What a cruel price you thought that you had to pay.
And that for all that shit on stage.

But it never made sense to them anyway,
Could you imagine if when they turned their backs
They were only scratching their heads.
Cause you simply deserve the best.
And I don't blame you

They said you were the best,
But then they were only kids
Then you would recall the deadly houses you grew up in
Just because they knew your name,
Doesn't mean they know from where you came
What a sad trick you thought that you had to play.
But I don't blame you

They never owned it
And you never owed it to them anyway.

I don't blame you.

Lyrics submitted by Brutin

I Don't Blame You Lyrics as written by Anthony Ryan Leslie Corey Latif Williams

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  • +3
    Song MeaningIt is about Kurt Cobain.

    The song I Don't Blame You, from 2003's You Are Free, has been taken as a rejection of fans' demands, specifically the lines: "They never owned it/ And you never owed it to them anyway." Online message boards have been filled with speculation over who it's about — Marshall herself or some other fame-troubled singer?

    "I've never told anybody this," she says, "but that is about Kurt Cobain. It's about him blowing his head off."…
    StrsrStrson August 20, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah, something told me as soon as I read the first stanza that it was about Kurt. It's great that just those words can bring up such vivid memories of him with so many people. I love Cat Power, she's great
    BabyBritianon July 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always think of Syd Barrett when I listen to this song.
    afro_kidon May 21, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn second thought, it's obviously about Django Reinhardt. I'm 96.4877301% sure.
    ApesMaon November 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful melodies and lyrics. kudos to you, cat power.
    shedidalotofacid829on July 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the line
    "they never owned it
    And you never owed it to them anyway."
    Its very powerful. Her voice and lyrics are amazing.
    IrishRoseon February 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfor some reason i always associate this song with elliot smith rather than kurt cobain.
    molnon November 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe has implied in several interviews that this song is completely autobiographical.
    mcdanielon July 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems like she wrote this song about another musician - maybe (smog) because they were in a relationship?

    Maybe she's just talking about herself.
    sublimerinaon April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually that theory does make sense...excellent song
    xawestruckxeyesxon February 26, 2005   Link

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