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The Cardigans – “Don’t Blame Your Daughter”

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - Music

I honestly can’t tell you what the writer was thinking when they wrote the song, but to me it means many things.  It can even mean different things depending on my mood.

Obviously, it’s a daughter singing to her father.  Parts of it are extremely simple to understand.  It’s starts off telling the father that he can’t blame anyone but himself for what he’s done.

The part about the island and cutting diamonds with a rubber knife is where I differ from most of the meanings I found from others online.  I think “come from an island” just means that he’s isolated himself from the majority of people, or alienated them so horribly that they want nothing to do with him.  Many people seem to think that “cutting diamonds with a rubber knife” implies sexual abuse.  I think it’s simpler and more literal than that.  Cutting diamonds with a rubber knife would be pointless; you can’t actually cut the diamonds and you would basically just be wasting your time.  I think that part means that his current actions are completely pointless and useless.  It can’t change anything but the “rubber knife” has no effect on the “diamond.”

The next verse is kind of cruel because it’s essentially just the daughter belittling the father.  “You’re pathetic, worthless, and nothing you can offer me would be yours anyway.”

The fifth verse (as I have the lyrics separated) is both simple and confusing.  The first two lines are just saying that the father has changed his tune over the years but it’s a little too late because it doesn’t mean anything any more.  The third and fourth lines are where I’m not soo sure.  I like to think that the daughter is trying to give him advice by saying that the right words to fix things are still out there, he just has to work a little harder to find them.

The sixth verse is another cruel verse.  She only wants whatever material possessions the father has and only after he’s dead so that she doesn’t have to deal with him directly. There is a saying “blood is thicker than water” which usually means that family is there for you no matter what, but, with the third and fourth lines, she’s saying that’s not true in this case.

So, anyway, the song is amazing even if you don’t agree with my interpretation of it.  :-)

Don’t blame your daughter that’s just sentimental.
Don’t blame your mum for all that you’ve done wrong.
Your daddy’s not guilty you came out a little faulty.
And the factory closed so you can’t hold them liable.

You come from an island,
You’re cutting diamonds,
With a rubber knife.

Your autograph’s worthless so don’t send me letters.
And dont mail me cash cause your money is no good.
What’s left in your mattress is holes and lack of love left,
Some hair from a horse, but none of it is yours, man.

You come from an island,
You’re cutting diamonds,
With a rubber knife.

And the song you sing today wasn’t always in your head.
The words you try to say are the ones you should have said.
They’re glistening like diamonds, go out and find them,
But don’t blame your daughter.

Read me your tombstone, tell me you’re sorry,
Fax me your will, you owe me something still.
Blood is like water, the bath that you poured me,
Has drained and it’s gone, don’t blame it on your son.

And the song you sing today wasn’t always in your head.
The words you try to say are the ones you should have said.
They’re glistening like diamonds, go out and find them, boy.

The world is full of diamonds, go out and find them,
But don’t blame your daughter.

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