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Don't Damn Me

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Don't Damn Me

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:35 am


DON'T DAMN ME
Album:
Use Your Illusion 1, 1991, track no. 13.

Written by:
Slash, Dave Lank and Axl Rose.

Musicians:
Drums: Matt
       Bass: Duff
       Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Slash
       Rhythm Guitar: Izzy
       Organ: Dizzy
       Vocals: Axl

Live performances:
'Don't Damn Me' has never been performed live.
Lyrics:
Don't damn me
       When I speak a piece of my mind
       'Cause silence isn't golden
       When I'm holding it inside
       'Cause I've been where I have been
       An I've seen what I have seen
       I put the pen to the paper
       'Cause it's all a part of me

Be it a song or casual conversation
       To hold my tongue speaks
       Of quiet reservations
       Your words once heard
       They can place you in a faction
       My words may disturb
       But at least there's a reaction

     Sometimes I wanna kill
       Sometimes I wanna die
       Sometimes I wanna destroy
       Sometimes I wanna cry
       Sometimes I could get even
       Sometimes I could give up
       Sometimes I could give
       Sometimes I never give a fuck

     It's only for a while
       I hope you understand
       I never wanted this to happen
       Didn't want to be a man
       So I hid inside my world
       I took what I could find
       I cried when I was lonely
       I fell down when I was blind

     But don't damn me
       When I speak a piece of my mind
       'Cause silence isn't golden
       When I'm holding it inside
       'Cause I've been where I have been
       An I've seen what I have seen
       I put the pen to the paper
       'Cause it's all a part of me

     How can I ever satisfy you
       An how can I ever make you see
       That deep inside we're all somebody
       An it don't matter who you wanna be
       But now I gotta smile I hope you comprehend
       For this man can say it happened
       'Cause this child has been condemned
       So I stepped into your world
       I kicked you in the mind
       An I'm the only witness
       To the nature of my crime
     But look at what we've done
       To the innocent and young
       Whoa listen to who's talking
       'Cause we're not the only ones
       The trash collected by the eyes
       And dumped into the brain
       Said it tears into our conscious thoughts
       You tell me who's to blame

     I know you don't wanna hear me cryin'
       An I know you don't wanna hear me deny
       That your satisfaction lies in your illusion
       But your delusions are yours and not mine
       We take for granted we know the whole story
       We judge a book by its cover
       And read what we want
       Between selected lines

     Don't hail me
       An don't idolize the ink
       Or I've failed in my attentions
       Can you find the missing link
       Your only validation is living your own life
       Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time
       So I send this song to the offended
       I said what I meant and I've never pretended
       As so many others do intending just to please
       If I damned your point of view
       Could you turn the other cheek

     But don't damn me
       When I speak a piece of my mind
       'Cause silence isn't golden
       When I'm holding it inside
       'Cause I've been where I have been
       An I've seen what I have seen
       I put the pen to the paper
       'Cause it's all a part of me
       Don't damn me
       I said don't damn me
       I said don't hail me
       Don't damn me


Quotes:
[i]I love that song. That's one of those songs I introduced to the band that was already complete [No Illusions, Guitar - April, 1992].

Talking about playing it live with The Conspirators: No, you see, there's a reason for that, there's too many words. It's a cool song and everything but I think even Axl, we never did it because there's too many words without a breath and it just makes it really impossible to do it live [Slashfrance.net, June, 2014].

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