"Never Yours" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
Say I have known some
Less than I should
Say I have known some
Too well for my own good
Say I'm a saint of mercy
Say I'm a whore
I've been a lot of things
But never yours

I wear my mama's dress
Her finest clothes
Daddy showed me outside
To meet you on the front porch
I laugh at all your jokes
But you look bored
I've been a lot of things but never yours

You never cross my mind
You can be sure
You'll never catch my eye
Waiting for you watching the door
I let you hold me
Dry lip kiss me on the dance hall floor
I've been a lot of things
But never yours

Never yours [Repeat: x8]

So you say you won
It was a bet
A game of pool or cards
I repay my family's debt
I let you lie beside me
With no remorse
I've been a lot of things
But never yours


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"Never Yours" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General CommentThis is how I like to imagine the story.

    A well-bred woman fell in love young with someone who was considered inappropriate for her. She gave herself to her love, but her family pushes her into courtship with another suitor, pressured by his greater wealth. He traps her by putting financial pressure on her family by gambling with her male relatives in what he knows is for them a losing game.

    I really like the idea of a suitor who's been in love with her from the start, but who doesn't know how to convince her to love him back and in return is forced to pressure her into a forced hand. He keeps himself detached as he pursues her, her lack of interest making him cold and bitter.

    And then when she's finally "all his", after all he's done to try to force her to be his, she hates him. He's alienated himself through his treatment of her. Whether in the future he shows her tenderness or the same, bitter brutality as before, she's lost to him forever.
    Pelicanson September 23, 2007   Link

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