"It Wasn't Me" as written by and Kandi L/harper Burruss....
It wasn't me, I wasn't there
I was just watching from over here
And besides, I couldn't afford the bus fare
In Hollywood and Washington
They shake and smile through the harm they've done
But it's your little red wagon and you gotta pull it

It'll take a lifetime to clear your name
Under the bridges of fame it's always nighttime
It wasn't me, I wasn't there
I was stone drunk, it isn't clear
And it doesn't count cause I don't care
The years transform my memories
Of all the countless decades of grief
It was cut and run in '91

Put yourselves in a straightjacket
But when you're pleading
Saying it's no cheaper than humiliation
That's free
That's free
That's free

I've gone and quit my worshiping
Of the false gods and golden sins
'Cause we've made love in the Tower of Babel and it fell down

It wasn't me, I wasn't there
That was not my love affair
That is not my lover, that's not even my friend
It wasn't me, I wasn't there
I was stone drunk, it isn't clear
And it doesn't count cause I don't care

But I use a pop song to clear my name
Under the bridges of fame it's always nighttime
I'll end with a closure and say goodnight

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"It Wasn't Me" as written by Jenny Lewis

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    General CommentAnyone who says she can't write a good song after hearing this album, and especially this song, needs to really open his ears and mind to her unique voice. Jenny's writing as well as anyone in this song, taking her own history and turning it into something larger and universal that resonates with her audience. If this isn't good songwriting, I don't know what is: "in hollywood and washington / they shake and smile through the harm they've done / but it's your little red wagon / and you gotta pull it"

    This song is great, this album is remarkable, and Jenny Lewis is on her way to being as good a singer/songwriter as anyone else in popular music. No exaggeration.
    acmon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti read in a magazine (filter maybe?) that 1991 was when she decided that she'd quit acting or the year where she actually quit acting and took music seriously. hence the line "it was cut & run in '91".

    i can't quite say what the different verses mean - they seem to have deeper underlying meanings beneath (almost like a song within a song) - but from what i gather it's about the things in life that you're not proud of. like when you made a fool of yourself when you were really drunk, or when you cut your ties with someone who played a significant part in your life whether romantically or not, or just stupid things you did that couldn't warrant any substantial reasoning. you can't really explain why it happened, and you're not proud of it, but it did.

    and like "your little red wagon", you can't escape your sins/mistakes even if you've changed. your mistakes follow you wherever you go, as though you're parading them around as your little red wagon. and even though it's glaring and often precedes you - "you've gotta pull it".

    i absolutely love that metaphor. she's got a knack for metaphors doesn't she? my fave from the album.
    jadedgypsyon March 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentevery time i hear her sing "it's your little red wagon and you've got to pull it" i think to myself: deal with your shit. people do all sorts of crazy shit, but its unbelievable how much denial of shoving off of responsibility goes on. personal accountability is required for life.
    CrayonDrawnCaton October 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjadedgypsy~
    i think you are most deffinately right, it is greed not grief... i think we can all tell from jennys lyrics, her mother was quite a character (rabbit fur coat, a better son/daughter, and others) i would imagine she was greedy when jenny began to make money... but this song is also talking about the music business, which i can imagine, generates some very greedy people...
    roxyjl186on July 11, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"say goodnight, jenny"
    calvins_hobbieson February 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJenny Lewis is god.
    WiresAndWaveson June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that:

    but when you're pleading
    saying it's no cheaper than humiliation

    is really:

    but when you plead insane
    it's no cheaper than humiliation
    rescindedon January 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe "little red wagon" part kind of reminds me of when you are little and you know, you bother your mom to let you bring this toy out and she is like "well if you want to bring it, you have to carry it". It is like jenny is going back to that time when you have to learn to be responsible for yourself, mom isn't going to pull the wagon for you anymore when you get sick of it.
    calendargirlon April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI disagree with jadedgypsy (although youre right, Jenny does have a knack for metaphors). Jenny Lewis was still making movies after 1991. She was in Foxfire in '96 and Pleasantville in '98. I believe she got with RK in late '99 although they had been friends before that. In '91 Jenny was 15 and i believe had just had huge success in The Wizard. So that would explain the Cut and Run in '91...
    roxyjl186on January 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i was just making that link based on that article i read but i didn't really check if she was still in movies after that. there goes that theory heh.

    anyway, i may be wrong but in "The years transform my memories, Of all the countless decades of grief" -- I seem to hear greed instead. There seems to be a hard D sound rather than an F sound. That would also make sense now that roxyjl's cleared that up. Anyone else?
    jadedgypsyon February 19, 2008   Link

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