None Of Your Doing

Album: Steppenwolf The Second (1968)

Songfacts®:

  • Many mentally and emotionally battered young men were returning home in 1968 after fighting in the Vietnam War. In this song, Steppenwolf lead singer John Kay sings from the perspective of one of the soldiers, who bears the wounds most cannot comprehend. "It's the story of a Vietnam soldier coming home and nobody understands what he went through," Kay said in a 2020 Songfacts interview. "He cannot deal with what he went through and there's no connection between home and what he is now having to deal with. Unfortunately, that's all too often the case now with those coming home from Afghanistan or whatever. That's one example."

    The subject matter is something Bruce Springsteen later covered on his 1984 hit "Born In The U.S.A."
  • John Kay wrote this with the band's producer, Gabriel Mekler. It was included on the Steppenwolf The Second album, which is famous for the hit "Magic Carpet Ride." Steppenwolf was not a singles band though, and fomented a fanbase that bought their albums. Around this time, there were lots of Freeform FM radio stations that would play album cuts like "None Of Your Doing."

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