The story hit the news From coast to coast They said you beat the girl You loved the most Your charitable acts Seemed out of place With the beauty With your fist marks on her face Your buddies all stood by They bet their Fortunes and their fame That she was out of line And you were not to blame
Six hundred thousand doctors Are putting on rubber gloves And they're poking At the miseries made of love They say they're learning How to spot The battered wives Among all the women They see bleeding through their lives I bleed For your perversity These red words that make a stain On your white-washed claim that She was out of line And you were not to blame
I heard your baby say When he was only three "Daddy, let's get some girls One for you and one for me" His mother had the frailty You despise And the looks you love To drive to suicide Not one wet eye around her Lonely little grave Said "He was out of line, girl You were not to blame"
Writer/s: JONI MITCHELL
Publisher: Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Mrmeaning from Uk'Not to Blame' is widely understood to be Joni's condemnation of her ex Jackson Browne as a wife-beater who drove women to suicide but says he's not to blame. Her 'Song For Sharon' (on 'Hejira' ) also puts the boot in about the suicide of Jackson's first wife, Phyllis Major. The casual reader/listener might well assume that honest Joni, who knew him well must be telling the truth. But the truth is: Browne isn't a violent man. He earned her lifelong deranged emnity by not loving her enough and then dumping her. See, if you will, my post: https://soothfairy.com/2015/03/29/jackson-browne-and-daryl-hannah/#mitchell