No One Is to Blame

Album: Dream Into Action (1985)
Charted: 16 4
  • You can look at the menu, but you just can't eat
    You can feel the cushion, but you can't have a seat
    You can dip your foot in the pool, but you can't have a swim
    You can feel the punishment, but you can't commit the sin

    And you want her, and she wants you
    We want everyone
    And you want her and she wants you
    No one, no one, no one ever is to blame
    You can build a mansion, but you just can't live in it
    You're the fastest runner but you're not allowed to win
    Some break the rules, and let you cut the cost
    The insecurity is the thing that won't get lost

    And you want her, and she wants you
    We want everyone
    And you want her and she wants you
    No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

    You can see the summit but you can't reach it
    It's the last piece of the puzzle but you just can't make it fit
    Doctor says you're cured but you still feel the pain
    Aspirations in the clouds but your hopes go down the drain

    And you want her, and she wants you
    We want everyone
    And you want her and she wants you
    No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

    No one ever is to blame
    No one ever is to blame Writer/s: Howard Jones
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Suddenlysara from DenverI agree with another lady who said it so much better than I can but I’m giving it a try . I always thought it meant that he wants her ( you,me) and she (you,me) wants him so terribly bad in-fact it could even be these two people are in love . Somehow there are untold or unexplainable reasons why these two people who so clearly were made for each other can’t be together inspire or how awful and badly they so wish to be together .
  • Stu from Upper Hutt, NzlThis song helped ME when I faced a very difficult time, after a strange result from a sporting event - I was in college, the last year where sports was compulsory. I ran a race and WON! But the teacher at the finish line didn't like that result, so we ran again. So I like (and can relate to) the part of the song that is "you're the fastest runner, but you're not allowed to win", that literally happened to me. I came to terms with it, six years later, when I heard this song. It made sense then.
  • Angus from Ottawa, CanadaIt's funny, but I discovered this on a tape released by Amnesty International. It had tracks on it that AI would have been interested in, like Sting's Strange Fruit and Peter Gabriel's Biko, but why this one is less obvious.
  • Peter Steele from Medicine Hat Ab, AbCarrie, I agree! This is my number one favorite song of the 1980's..... I play this in my car over and over when I am driving...I love the spicy little drum beat at the beginning of each stanza and the piano finale..."last piece of the puzzle but you just can't make it fit" FABULOUS LINE! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SONG, IT'S MY NUMBER 3 SONG OF ALL TIME
  • Tim from Laguna Beach, CaI totally agree. This is a great song. The piano "lick" after the last "...no one is to blame" of the chorus speaks to the heart as much as the lyrics do. I was always a big fan of "HoJo"
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaI just love this song. I can't believe no one has commented on it! The instrumentals are beautiful, and the lyrics are spot on! They really speak to the issue of being interested in someone else besides your romantic partner. "You can feel the punishment but you can't commit the sin" refers to the guilt we experience when we're tempted by other people. This has become my theme song.
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