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Beck — Nobody's Fault But My Own
Album: Mutations
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Total ratings: 1508









Released: 1998
Length: 4:56
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Treated you like a rusty blade
A throwaway from an open grave
Cut you loose from a chain gang and let you go

And on the day you said it's true
Some love holds, some gets used
Tried to tell you I never knew it could be so sweet

Who could ever be so cruel?
Blame the devil for the things you do
It's such a selfish way to lose
The way you lose these wasted blues
These wasted Blues

Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own
Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own

Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own
Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own

When the moon is a counterfeit
Better find the one that fits
Better find the one that lights the way for you

When the road is full of nails
Garbage pails and darkened jails
And their tongues are full of heartless tales that drain on you

Who would ever notice you?
You fade into a shaded room
It's such a selfish way to lose
The way you lose these wasted blues
These wasted blues

Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own
Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own

Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own
Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own

Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own
Tell me that it's nobody's fault
Nobody's fault but my own
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Zeppelin has a song called Nobody's Fault But Mine that blows this outta the water, just sayin'.. 😀
reminds me of Sufian Stevens, but without his tender voice
I remember buying this album at midnight the day it came out, the record store was open late because of a U2 (I think) album that was released the same day.  
 musikalia wrote:
One of his very best.
 
Then I'd hate to hear his worst! 
 t00lur wrote:
I hear Velvet Underground here,

 
Yes.
 Ballzak wrote:
Anyone else think this sounds like Ray Davies?

 
Yes.
 fredriley wrote:
"This is the end, my beautiful friend, the end" - it surely sounded like that Doors track at the start, then yer man starts wiffling on in his dreamy-sleepy-nighty-snoozy-snooze voice and my interest faded. A nailed-on Ho-hum from the Nottingham jury {#Sleep}

 
This guy always "borrows" from someone. Never an original composition.
Ah... what a great song to start my day of radio paradise
Anyone else think this sounds like Ray Davies?
"This is the end, my beautiful friend, the end" - it surely sounded like that Doors track at the start, then yer man starts wiffling on in his dreamy-sleepy-nighty-snoozy-snooze voice and my interest faded. A nailed-on Ho-hum from the Nottingham jury {#Sleep}
the truth hurts...
There is something special about Beck that always calls me to my PC to see who is performing.  Again, a whole album of his stuff might bring me to edge of despair but, between other tracks, his music is often superb and always welcome.  Thanks, RP.
 Jörg_Asmussen wrote:
Yay !! Managed to comment before Stingray could spam "Scientology" !
I am so proud of myself. {#Bananajam}

 
Hey by the way, for long time RP listeners whatever happened to "Physics Genius"?  He used to get everyone mad with his posts.  Is he still around?
Yay !! Managed to comment before Stingray could spam "Scientology" !
I am so proud of myself. {#Bananajam}
okay where did I put them meds..?
 rdo wrote:


Yes, me too.  Scroll down.  Go rent Apocalypse Now now (rent it now, I mean).  If you have not seen it, you are in for the greatest experience of your life.

 
Possibly the worst movie of all time.
Don't care at all for this song.  Drones on and on. 
 rdo wrote:


Yes, me too.  Scroll down.  Go rent Apocalypse Now now (rent it now, I mean).  If you have not seen it, you are in for the greatest experience of your life.

 
First saw it in high school, right after I'd read (by coincidence) "Heart of Darkness". My two friends and I were late getting to the theater, so we had to sit in the very front row. We were so blown away we scrunched down at the end, avoided getting kicked out by the ushers, and watched it all the way through again. 

For years afterwards, I'd come across people watching "Apocalypse Now" on a tape or DVD, persuade myself that I'd only watch the opening scene...and stay for the whole thing. 

Saw "AN Redux" at the Uptown Theater in DC (huge curved screen for all you non-Washingtonians, the biggest commercial theater room in the city)...Have to say that Coppola largely made the right cuts to make the '79 version. The "Redux" scenes with the French holdouts were interesting but could have meant so much more...

Loved the Harrison Ford cameo. Star Wars had recently come out and we were all going "OMFG! It's Harrison Ford!! WTF is he doing in this?!? He looks so dweeby..."

AN and Bladerunner (which came out in '82) blew my mind and shaped my ideas about film for years.  
One of his very best.
 Cynaera wrote:
Bumped this to 10.  Maybe it's just my mood today, but it felt right to me.  To those who ho-hum because this isn't NEW work:  Stop it. Quit looking eagerly for the next big thing and just enjoy what's in the now.  Life's short - don't wish it away for stuff in the future that may never happen. As the late Warren Zevon said, "Enjoy every sandwich." 
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 Bazooka wrote:
this drones in a wierd way. 

 
Pleasantly so, but I still have the urge to give Beck a wedgie for faulting himself ad nauseam. 
That's the nicest Beck song I've heard 
I hear Velvet Underground here,
 Sasha2001 wrote:

For starters, he's a freaky Scientologist, which makes absolutely no sense to me because his lyrics are at once thoughtful and right on the money about so many things.
 
I know what you mean.  I think Tom Cruise is a great actor too.  One thing that perplexes me more than anything is this group and how they attract the smart, talented people they do. But all religions do that.  I am sure they really mean well.  As an atheist, if a religious person pressed me hard with the question "OK, fine, then where do we find meaning in life?" then I have no rebuttal - I am a bit of an "existentialist" that way. But it is incumbent on these artists to address the many serious allegations made against the church. 
 rdo wrote:
I don't really like Beck, but I am surprised to see I have rated a lot of his songs pretty high.  I'm not sure what is going on here...9

 
For starters, he's a freaky Scientologist, which makes absolutely no sense to me because his lyrics are at once thoughtful and right on the money about so many things.
I'm beginning to like this guy. Rated 8 but it might actually be worth more, but I'm not sure yet.
I don't really like Beck, but I am surprised to see I have rated a lot of his songs pretty high.  I'm not sure what is going on here...9
 Cynaera wrote:
Bumped this to 10.  Maybe it's just my mood today, but it felt right to me.  To those who ho-hum because this isn't NEW work:  Stop it. Quit looking eagerly for the next big thing and just enjoy what's in the now.  Life's short - don't wish it away for stuff in the future that may never happen. As the late Warren Zevon said, "Enjoy every sandwich." 
 

Yeah.....what Ann said......I'm gonna try to remember this. not easy today.....
 tpoling wrote:
Depressing. I like Beck, but dang this is a sad song!
 
Yes, but there is inspiration in the clarity and honesty...not to mention integrity with taking FULL responsibility!
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Every time I hear this song's opening, I expect to hear Jim Morrison sing, "This is end..."
 

Yes, me too.  Scroll down.  Go rent Apocalypse Now now (rent it now, I mean).  If you have not seen it, you are in for the greatest experience of your life.
Depressing. I like Beck, but dang this is a sad song!
Strange, but I have never heard this one before!{#Stupid} As most Beck, I love it! 8
Every time I hear this song's opening, I expect to hear Jim Morrison sing, "This is end..."
Good! I like this record. Eclectic.
The Beckster....
 maxgruv wrote:
Please, Bill, segue from this into Led Zeppelin's "Nobody's Fault But Mine" — need to wake up now! ;)
 
And then Aerosmith's "Nobody's Fault."  I forget which album it's from. I am a bad, bad audiophile{#Beat}

Please, Bill, segue from this into Led Zeppelin's "Nobody's Fault But Mine" — need to wake up now! ;)
Bumped this to 10.  Maybe it's just my mood today, but it felt right to me.  To those who ho-hum because this isn't NEW work:  Stop it. Quit looking eagerly for the next big thing and just enjoy what's in the now.  Life's short - don't wish it away for stuff in the future that may never happen. As the late Warren Zevon said, "Enjoy every sandwich." 
Simply bad singing.
12 years ago. Since then, nothing really remarkable - just wasted blues. Whose fault?

As I've said before about Beck on another track listing...maturity is a good thing. Sounds like he's mastered it. Yep.
This and Sea Change are 2 of my fave Beck discs. He's at his best when he's doing this down-tempo melancholy stuff, IMO. I hope his best work is yet to come.
Nice!
Glad that that's over with. It was boring me to death.
 Cynaera wrote:
Oh, man - what a good song!  I'm liking Beck more and more all the time. "Loser" used to drive me bug-f*ck, but it made me laugh at the same time (maybe that was what drove me bug-f*ck.)  I could listen to this song repeatedly, just for the slower pace and that lush, open-tuned guitar, the cello, the sitar... {#Sunny}
 

You've nailed it!! I agree!
Oh, man - what a good song!  I'm liking Beck more and more all the time. "Loser" used to drive me bug-f*ck, but it made me laugh at the same time (maybe that was what drove me bug-f*ck.)  I could listen to this song repeatedly, just for the slower pace and that lush, open-tuned guitar, the cello, the sitar... {#Sunny}
This is an excellent piece...
... can be played by tuning guitar to CGCFAC - just like beck's 'round the bend.  i think both have a 'lazy river' sort of feel - but the river may be the ganges for one and the mississippi for the other...

tuning is like neil young's fav double dropped D but another step lower
I sometimes over-do-it by trying to listen to an entire Beck album all the way through and I 'beck out'.  Individual songs are just amazing. 
There is nothing he seems not able to do with quality. 
This song just resonates so strongly to my fragile, flawed, often wrong, and humbled self.
It's the ASPHALT!!!!!{#Moon}...GOOD TUNE THO
 sqqqrly wrote:
Bill - Thanks for the great music.  Its 11:43 pm here in Singapore on a Saturday night and its nice to hear the music from home.
 
I echo that sentiment. In my case it's good to hear the music AT home.  Just got back from 8 months in Boston.  It's Saturday morning, gotta mug of black-as-pitch coffee, eggs up, and toast.  My favorite radio station, favorite place to be and my favorite time of the entire week.  

Bill - Thanks for the great music.  Its 11:43 pm here in Singapore on a Saturday night and its nice to hear the music from home.
First listen, the entire CD, the night of the release, lots of wood in the fireplace, absinthe, morphine, giant mended titanium leg up in the air for six months. Breaking it was nobody's fault but my own.

Failure is an opportunity.
If you blame someone else,
there is no end to the blame.

I'm not a huge fan of Beck, but I've always liked this song a lot.
 daveesh wrote:
this is one of my favorite beck tunes.
 
It IS my favorite Beck tune.  I love this whole album, but this song just stands out.  It's got this mellow, psychedelic sound to it with some of his best lyrics.

this drones in a wierd way. 
Love it... "who could ever be so cruel...blame the devil for the things you do.."{#Boohoo}
 daveesh wrote:
this is one of my favorite beck tunes.
 


{#Meditate}
daveesh wrote:
this is one of my favorite beck tunes.

Me too.
Definitely one of his very best.

 Hinkamp wrote:

It sounds like an updated version of The Door The End


 

I always think it is for a few moments when it begins.
 daveesh wrote:
this is one of my favorite beck tunes.
 
Me too...but I don't know why.

this is one of my favorite beck tunes.

It sounds like an updated version of The Door The End


Really enjoy riding the cello waves, under the crimson skies..
I hated Loser but pretty much everything this guy has done since then has been really cool.
kmh wrote:
Awesome set Bill! :notworthy:
here! here!
Awesome set Bill! :notworthy:
Thank you for putting this great song after that awful new R.E.M. track (Horse To Water). My ears needed healing.
:puke:
Great song from a very interesting album. Each and every song is done in a completely different style. Not many artists could pull that off. Highly recommended :sunny:
Grizzly_old_man wrote:
Nope,… don't like it. So far I have not heard a Beck song that I do care even a little for. Might as well turn on the vacuum cleaner sucks just as much but I might actually get something done.
Love your comedy, GOM. But . . . I'm not a big Beck fan, either. This was actually quite pleasant for me, though. Caught an unplugged show from Toronto on TV around Christmas; he's more entertaining than I figured. Might buy a tune or two, but I'd never buy a CD, probably.
Nope,… don't like it. So far I have not heard a Beck song that I do care even a little for. Might as well turn on the vacuum cleaner sucks just as much but I might actually get something done.
that's right, at the start... this is the end, beautiful friend, this is the end, my only friend, the end... mongoose01ca wrote:
Am I the only one hearing the Doors' 'The End' at the start of this?
mongoose01ca wrote:
Am I the only one hearing the Doors' 'The End' at the start of this?
No. And I've heard this song lots, but this was the first time I'd noticed that. Beck at his best, IMO. Great song.
mongoose01ca wrote:
Am I the only one hearing the Doors' 'The End' at the start of this?
No, I hear it too. The opening of this one made me think "This sounds like 'The End' but I don't think that gets played here, so what song that sounds like 'The End' is this?"
LOVE BECK -no question
IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT BUT YOUR OWN. This is not Scottish.
Reminiscent of "Charlie don't surf", was it sampled? - Always steal from the best!
Am I the only one hearing the Doors' 'The End' at the start of this?
I am old school but I find Beck very intriguing, give a shit about his religion!
davin wrote:
Hey.. stop trying to ruin it for the rest of us that don't know and don't care!
Blow it out your ass!
EssexTex wrote:
I love this...even if he is a scientologist
Hey.. stop trying to ruin it for the rest of us that don't know and don't care!
I love this...even if he is a scientologist
love this track...
Deadwing wrote:
Actually I went and read every post he ever wrote on the song forums and he actually has some intelligent and hilarious posts. I just happen to differ with him on a few bands.
I applaud your efforts. Many posters who seem so annoying and troll like, when viewed in a broader context aren't nearly as bad as they seem. (EG: meloman and the row he created in the Sophie Soloman Lazarus thread.)
Love his creativity and unpredictability.
Actually I went and read every post he ever wrote on the song forums and he actually has some intelligent and hilarious posts. I just happen to differ with him on a few bands.
Deadwing wrote:
Gawd I wish Physicsgenius would fall off the face of the earth. I am so sick of looking at a song that I really like's forum and there he is like a turd sitting on a Mercedes making inane rude remarks. RP would be a 10 without him. I'm all about discussion and diversity but PG is just a card carrying ass. So bored by this one person...
His mom probably cut the Internet connection to the basement
believe me- normally I'm a very laid back person but this guys comments really annoy me for some reason and yes, I know he is a troll :jump: I had just finished reading about 20 of the song forums about songs that I really love and lo and behold he was on almost everyone of them somewhere making his idiotic insulting remarks. I think I snapped... LOL :frustrated: I'm all better now honest :meditate:
LizDeines wrote:
I love all things Beck, so I'm biased, but this is incredible.
Agreed. And off an incredible album also.
Deadwing wrote:
Gawd I wish Physicsgenius would fall off the face of the earth. I am so sick of looking at a song that I really like's forum and there he is like a turd sitting on a Mercedes making inane rude remarks. RP would be a 10 without him. I'm all about discussion and diversity but PG is just a card carrying ass. So bored by this one person...
He hasn't commented since January 23, so I think he may be gone. Perhaps you got your wish. Personally, I enjoyed reading his comments, as comedy, and the responses he generated. Not that I agreed with much, if anything, that he said, but it was funny that it seemed to bother everyone so much, and he definately pointed out how much of a sense of humor people have seemed to have lost in this politically correct world. Maybe tounge in cheek just doesn't translate that well on the internet.
Wow. This really captures the feeling of being wasted and blue. Reminds me of dark times in years past.
Deadwing wrote:
Gawd I wish Physicsgenius would fall off the face of the earth. I am so sick of looking at a song that I really like's forum and there he is like a turd sitting on a Mercedes making inane rude remarks. RP would be a 10 without him. I'm all about discussion and diversity but PG is just a card carrying ass. So bored by this one person...
You should look into Buddhism with the specific intent of learning how to not let people irritate you. Perhaps he provides an opportunity for you. You cannot change physicsgenius, nor can you get rid of him. So your choices are to be bothered by him or to change your mind's way of handling him. He's just another aspect of the weather. Does the weather make you angry?
Deadwing wrote:
Gawd I wish Physicsgenius would fall off the face of the earth. I am so sick of looking at a song that I really like's forum and there he is like a turd sitting on a Mercedes making inane rude remarks. RP would be a 10 without him. I'm all about discussion and diversity but PG is just a card carrying ass. So bored by this one person...
Don't feed trolls. They live for posts like this one :oD.
Gawd I wish Physicsgenius would fall off the face of the earth. I am so sick of looking at a song that I really like's forum and there he is like a turd sitting on a Mercedes making inane rude remarks. RP would be a 10 without him. I'm all about discussion and diversity but PG is just a card carrying ass. So bored by this one person...
:sunny:
Great track in my books.
My e-meter gave it an 8
physicsgenius wrote:
I want so much to like Beck, mainly because of his awesome cameo on Futurama. And yet there is this song. The repetitiveness. The whining. Urg.
Without repetition there is no music. The nature of music is repetitiveness. It's like saying you don't like a cup of tea because it's so wet. Issues with whining, well, that's another story.
I was just listening to this song today. This is probably my favorite Beck album. The perfect combination of mellow, slow songs and fast-paced, high energy songs. If you Listen to Static, the last track, there's a really good secret track about min after the Static ends, but I dont know what it's called...
so mournful....we've all been there
This song feels like a sort of progression from the last track off Mellow Gold. Can't remember what its called. Something about cemeteries.
physicsgenius wrote:
I want so much to like Beck, mainly because of his awesome cameo on Futurama.
:doh:
My favorite Beck album.
I love all things Beck, so I'm biased, but this is incredible.
On_The_Beach wrote:
When Beck is good (like this for instance) he's really good. Mutations is one of his better offerings. Lotsa good stuff on Sea Change as well.
Totally agree Mutations and Sea Change really hit the spot for me
physicsgenius wrote:
I want so much to like Beck, mainly because of his awesome cameo on Futurama. And yet there is this song. The repetitiveness. The whining. Urg.
Nobody's fault but your own. :-)
I want so much to like Beck, mainly because of his awesome cameo on Futurama. And yet there is this song. The repetitiveness. The whining. Urg.
incredible
I was reading The Stand when I first got this album, and the two are forever linked in my head. This is a wonderful album.
When Beck is good (like this for instance) he's really good. Mutations is one of his better offerings. Lotsa good stuff on Sea Change as well.
mattt wrote:
Repetitive and grating.
Bingo! :razz:
Repetitive and grating.
This could've easily been a track for Sea Change. Totally makes sense that he had Sea Change in him once you've heard this cut.
AphidA wrote:
I wish Beck would return to the Mutations style again sometime soon.
An excellent CD, but he has to keep mutating. Several good tracks on this one.
Excellent stuff. Every time I hear something new (at least to my ears), I am always surprised it's Beck. Such different music each time out.