Howard Jones – No One Is To Blame

I liked this ballad when I heard it in the mid-80s… I could relate to it at the time. The song peaked at #4 in the Billboard 100 and #16 in the UK Charts in 1985. Howard Jones had 5 top twenty songs and 2 top ten songs in the 1980s. Altogether he had 11 songs in the top 100.

From Songfacts.

This song is about being attracted to people who you can’t be with. In our interview with Howard Jones, it was revealed how the idea for the song came about: “Well, I think we can all relate to the main theme of the song. But I was in San Francisco, and I was doing a promotion with the local record company guy, and we were crossing the street to go to the radio station, and he said to me, ‘Howard, what do you think of all the amazing women here in San Francisco?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, they’re great, they’re fantastic.’ And he said, ‘Well, you can look at the menu, but you don’t have to eat.’ And I’ve never actually heard anybody say that before. And so that was it, a good spark for a huge idea coming for a song.”

No One Is To Blame

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

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

7 thoughts on “Howard Jones – No One Is To Blame”

  1. I liked the handful of Ho Jo’s hits that he had. 9 Top 40 hits is more than I remember him having -the last few I don’t recall. I think this was his best song.

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      1. I think I have a Howard Jones album somewhere in my collection- one with a few of the hits on them I am thinking it is Dream Into Action. One of those artists where you hear the hit and like it but don’t really pursue the albums. I guess a best of would be good.

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