I Never Came Lyrics - Queens Of the Stone Age
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When you say it's dead & gone
Yes, I know you're wrong
Cut & slash, sharpest knife
It won't die
Poison cup, drank it up
It won't die
No fire, no gun, no rope, no stone
It won't die
Why you gotta shove it in my face
As if you put me in my place
Cause I DON'T CARE
If you or me is wrong or right
Ain't gonna spend another night,
In your bed...
In your bed...
Laws of man, are just pretend
They ain't mine
Love so good, love so bad
It won't die
Some talk too long, they know it all
I just smile & move on
Words ain't free, like you & me
I don't mind...
Why'd you have to be so mean & cruel,
The dogs are loose i'm on to you
You ball & ...
Chained together from the dawn to dusk,
Can't call it leavin, cause it's just
I never came....
Writer: HOMME, JOSH/CASTILLO, JOEY/VAN LEEUWEN, TROY DEAN
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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I never came | Reviewer: bob dole | 11/4/13
Really, I thought he was teasing his girl about how he's still hard, she's hurt and throws a tantrum, and he tells her that not everybody is the same, and he can't leave her because he never came. Love so good, love so bad, he is always making love to her, he's ball and chained together with her from dawn to dusk, they're in a tantric state where the exchange of love never stops.
Mocking Falsetto | Reviewer: Blake | 6/28/13
Completely agree with Mike. Not only does Josh reverse the hurtful innuendo on his ex, but the use of weak falsetto almost mocks her tone of voice in argument . Intentional. Pure genius.
Came off it | Reviewer: AmanNameDan | 4/6/13
Always enjoy hearing others interpretation of thoughtful or provocative songs. you can't get it wrong if that's how you feel and the whole point of making music (for some) is to make you feel.
To me the tittle seems a turn on the classic mean thing a woman can say to emasculate a man at the end of things, after she declares that their love is dead and gone - he says she is wrong, for him something that never lived can never die.
came too soon? | Reviewer: Anon E Mouse | 11/7/10
I would say that the song isn't about that he was never in love however he was very much so to the point he throws away anything she could say to him, with the opening lines saying "when you say it's dead and gone, well i know that your wrong" could suggest how he is not the one giving up even though he could be the one to blame since he never came.
another look at the first chorus you can see the words "i don't care" in capitals they are very much the words you remember. how many times when a relationship has gone bad do you just think I DON'T CARE when the actual fact is you possibly care too much.
when the second verse starts we see that again the man's opinion or defense stating "the laws of men are just pretend, they ain't mine shows that he is different to other men and therefore could/should be forgiven
the rest of the lyrics i feel is more the counter argument from the man and shows that he is split between the love of this girl who he is trying to hurt and at the same time saying that his love wont die
overall this song shows how emotion can conflict and that love is still a great mystery and is so well written there are thousands of possibilities and not one is wrong or right
Title is a spoof (excuse pun) | Reviewer: Mike | 9/20/10
This really is a beautiful, and obviously misguiding song. I think the last post got it mixed up. I think Josh Homme was trying to give anyone listening to the surface of the song, or even just the reading the title, the idea that it was a sexual innuendo. He wants people to think its just another dirty song. But under the surface he's not saying that at all. He's saying that he was never really in love with the woman in the first place, therefore he never even felt like he entered the relationship at all. Read the last line; "Can't call it leavin, cause it's just...I never came". I think the entire album is a masterpiece.
"Explicit" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/15/09
i agree. i don't think any qsa song is a throwaway. the reason it's listed in itunes as "explicit" could be due to the mild references to violence, but it's more likely due to the song title. at first i wasn't sure because you never know with qsa...i thought "i never came" might mean just that, like not showing up, but it occurred to me that it's probably a sexual reference ("never came" meaning faked an orgasm).
after reading the rest of the lyrics, it seems like the title is meant to be a giant insult to the woman who wronged him, a way of getting the last word in and making her feel sexually inadequate.
throw away? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/23/09
This song has NOT got "throw away" anything! A beutiful look at something we all go through - the failure of a relationship. Josh Homme often gets tagged with being a "genius". If you agree or not doesnt matter, he's still by far one of the best singer/songerwriters of his generation. He stamps all he does with a trademark, like all the great's do. Throw away.. the guy who posted that has missed the whole point of the song.
iTunes rates this song as "Explicit"? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/21/09
I love this song and downloaded it from iTunes. It surprised me that they rated it "Explicit". So I searched out the lyrics - and listened to the song while reading the lyrics. I cannot figure out what would elicit the explicit... Any thoughts on this?
finding something new in a common theme | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/5/08
This is a very well written piece. Unfortunately, the chorus leaves a little to be desired as the intensity of it is lost in the weak falsetto...a poor choice IMHO. The melody more than makes up for this, and the uncluttered arrangement just works.
As for the lyrics...they creatively deal with a very common subject, and there's nothing wrong with that. I have a friend who is a professional photographer, and one of the photos in his book is an image of the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove...one of the most photographed locations on earth (according to the posted sign). So, as an artist, should he have ignored it because everyone else didn't?
Some themes are universal...we all experience love, hate, break-ups etc. So, as a recording artist, should we avoid these themes simply because they've been dealt with time and time again? I say no....find a way to express the subject and emotion in a way that is unique. The more common the theme, the more difficult this becomes. Yet this is precisely what the lyricist for this song has done. You can't reinvent the dynamics of love and hate, but you can compose a slightly different picture of it, taken from an angle that is unique to you.
I'm afraid that others may discard lyrics such as these as drivel....just as there will always be 'artists' that refuse to take a picture of a lighthouse. The stars, sky, sun, earth, moon, emotion, life, death....it's all pretty constant from one generation to the next. Yet artists still manage to find new shape in all of it.
an interpretation of 'I Never Came' | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/19/08
the lyrics are not throw away b.s which are capable of an eleventh grade love story. no matter what someone does, sharpest knife, guns stone etc. love will never die. if you never fully love something and want to end what you have- you are not leaving it, but instead you 'never came' to the point whereby you loved it.
my interpretation of the lyrics anyway.
this song has a true holistic quality to it.
I Never Came/ QOSTA | Reviewer: Flat3 | 6/9/08
This is a beautiful song. That is, a beautiful effort. The relationship between the Melody line and the chordal movement is great. It's one of those tunes that you can invent harmonies to effortlessly.
But then comes the let down. Not surprisingly, the lyrics are total throw away b.s. A tune as strong and dynamic as this deserves something better than an eleventh grade fouled up love story.
Magnificent Piece from Qotsa | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/6/07
I've got so much campfire memories with this song. Simply brilliant.
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