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

Lyrics submitted by alimania, edited by koonts

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

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    General CommentNice, catchy song...
    No idea what it means though... maybe about being true to yourself?
    alimaniaon April 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti like that thought alimania, but I would say that I'll take it for the easiest thing, in a sense, and say that its about a girl. I believe Ed is married and I suppose it could be for his wife, or perhaps not, but I like to think of it as to someone you really really love.
    gofigure000on April 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe version I'm listening to has some important differences... I suppose my version is the original from lost dogs, but I'm not sure...
    The differences:
    - instead of "I like to go deep", "I'd like to go deep";
    - instead of "the way you sympathize", "the way you don't sympathize";
    - instead of "I don't think it's easy to stay in love", "I thought it was easy to stay in love"
    joaovbson November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI didn't know what guile was, so, from, I got:
    1 : deceitful cunning : DUPLICITY
    2 obsolete : STRATAGEM, TRICK
    joaovbson November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell, I'm a sucker for catchy songs, but Pearl Jam rules, so that's ok in this case :). I think this song is really beautiful, here's my interpretation:

    He's saying that it's really hard for him to love this person and complains about a bunch of things that piss him off, but inspite of this he continues loving.

    So, he's saying how difficult it was to fall in love, and in the end he says "I thought it was easy to stay in love", implying two things: first, that he actually did fall in love, and second, the repetitive structure implies that staying in love will be just like falling in love in the sense that there it will be as difficult and have a bunch of annoying things, but he'll be able to do it anyways.

    The repitition of "you, you, you" to me represents two things: first, his fixation for the person he loves, which is a part of love, and second, the selfishness of that person for intending to be the center of the universe or something.

    I think it's really nice how he describes the hard parts of falling in love. But I will go further in my interpretation: it appears to me that the person he loves doesn't treat him too well, is selfish, and makes him insecure about falling in love, but the beautiful thing is that he does. It's like his love is beyond these problems and the selfishness of this person... OK, maybe I went over the edge, but this is how I see the song.
    joaovbson November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of the weaker outtakes on Lost Dogs. I don't think it's catchy at all. I can't get into the music no matter how hard I try.
    TommyCap77on May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentin the lost dogs booklet it says this song was written in ten minutes while in a car ride. That might explain its difficulty to interpret but i think its probably just about his wife, that would be the easy thing to think i guess, im probably wrong though.
    smmers75on April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEd, before playing "U", live in perth, 2006. "this is about selfish people, one in particular".
    ledzep26on May 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentaye, i love this song
    ANTWANmyMANon June 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis should have been kept on the album, whichever one it was. But you know Pearl Jam, they don't want to be TOO accessible. One of the best Lost Dogs. It sounds great live.

    I think Eddie likes to have more meaning in his songs, nowadays.
    $p$on July 18, 2008   Link

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