Your Fault
Brian D'Arcy James Lyrics


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It's because of you there's a Giant in our midst
And my wife is dead

But it isn't my fault
I was given those beans
You persuaded me to trade away
My cow for beans
And without those beans
There'd have been no stalk
To get up to the giants
In the first place

Wait a minute, magic beans
For a cow so old
That you had to tell a lie to sell it
Which you told
Were they worthless beans?
Were they oversold?
Oh, and tell us who persuaded you
To steal that gold

See, it's your fault
No
So it's your fault
No
Yes, it is
It's not
It's true

Wait a minute, though
I only stole the gold
To get my cow back
From you

So, it's your fault
Yes

No, it isn't I'd have kept those beans
But our house was cursed
She made us get a cow
To get the curse reversed

It's his father's fault
That the curse got placed
And the place got cursed
In the first place

Oh, then it's his fault
So
It was his fault
No
Yes, it is, it's his
I guess

Wait a minute, though
I chopped down the beanstalk
Right? That's clear
But without any beanstalk
Then what's queer
Is how did the second giant get down here
In the first place?
Second place?

Yes (how?)
Well, who had the other bean?
The other bean?
The other bean?
You pocketed the other bean

I didn't
Yes, I did
So it's your
No, it isn't 'cause I gave it to my wife
So it's her
No, it isn't
Then whose is it?

Wait a minute
She exchanged that bean
To obtain your shoe
So the one who knows what happened
To the bean is you

You mean that old bean
That your wife? Oh, dear
But I never knew
And so I threw
Well, don't look here

So it's your fault
But
See, it's her fault
But
And it isn't mine at all
But what?
Well, if you hadn't gone back up again

We were needy
You were greedy
Did you need that hen?

But I got it for my mother
So it's her fault then
Yes, and what about the harp
In the third place?
The harp, yes

She went and dared me to
I dared you to?
You dared me to
She said that I was scared to (me?)
She dared me
No, I didn't
So it's your fault
Now, wait a minute

If you hadn't dared him to
And you had left the harp alone
We wouldn't be in trouble in the first place (Well, if you hadn't thrown away the bean)
In the first place
Well, if she hadn't raised the beans in the first place (it was your fault)
'Cause if you hasn't raised them in the first place

Why did you raised the beans in the first place?
It's your fault
You're responsible
You're the one to blame
It's your fault





Shh

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Your Fault tell a story of a group of characters blaming each other for various misfortunes that have befallen them. They are discussing how a Giant came into their midst and killed the wife of one of the characters. Each character blames the other, but as the conversation progresses, it becomes clear that they are all responsible in one way or another. It all started with the trade of a cow for some magic beans, but each decision or action that led to the current situation was influenced by a different character, leading to a blame game. The song is a commentary on how people tend to shift blame instead of taking responsibility for their actions. It highlights the dangers of making decisions without fully understanding the consequences.


Line by Line Meaning

It's because of you there's a Giant in our midst
The cause for the current situation with the Giant is directly related to your actions.


And my wife is dead
As a result of the previous events, my wife has died, linking her passing to the current situation.


But it isn't my fault
I do not take responsibility for the situation, and I am not the cause of it.


I was given those beans
The beans were given to me by someone else, rather than me obtaining them myself.


You persuaded me to trade away
Your influence convinced me to trade my cow away.


My cow for beans
I traded away my valuable cow for the thought of magical beans.


And without those beans
If I never had those beans in the first place, the rest of this would not have happened.


There'd have been no stalk
If there were no beans, there would have been no big beanstalk to climb.


To get up to the giants
The goal was to climb the giant beanstalk to reach the giants.


In the first place
This phrase is used to indicate the earliest point in time of the past events.


Wait a minute, magic beans
I am questioning the validity of the magical beans received.


For a cow so old
The cow was so old that it should not have been as valuable for trade as I thought.


That you had to tell a lie to sell it
The cow's value had to be exaggerated by lying to make the magical bean trade enticing.


Which you told
The lie was that the cow could still give milk.


Were they worthless beans?
The question raises the idea that the beans received were not even magical.


Were they oversold?
The beans may have been marketed with hyped-up lies in the first place.


Oh, and tell us who persuaded you
The group wants to find out who was responsible for influencing me to make the trade.


To steal that gold
I am also being accused of stealing gold in addition to making the bean trade.


See, it's your fault
I am being blamed for the current situation rather than the accusers taking responsibility.


No
A direct contradiction to the previous line.


So it's your fault
The blame shifts again to my accusers.


Yes, it is
My accusers now take responsibility for the situation.


It's not
I am still trying to deny any responsibility.


It's true
The phrase is said inherently sarcastically, implying that I may be the one at fault.


Wait a minute, though
I am questioning the validity of further accusations.


I only stole the gold
I am taking responsibility for this one small piece of the situation.


To get my cow back
I performed this action in response to my earlier mistake with the magical beans.


From you
The person I stole the gold from is accusing me, making me question the validity of the accusation.


Yes
I take responsibility because of a previous event.


No, it isn't I'd have kept those beans
I could still hold on to some shred of innocence or a way out of responsibility if given the opportunity.


But our house was cursed
I justify my actions by revealing some information that could shine a negative light on my wife's influence.


She made us get a cow
My wife's decisions led to some of the unfortunate events.


To get the curse reversed
The cow was used to break the curse on the house.


It's his father's fault
The blame shifts away from the accusers this time.


That the curse got placed
The actions of the father led to the house being cursed.


And the place got cursed
The house was, in fact, cursed by some supernatural force.


In the first place
Again, this phrase indicates the earliest point in time of the events.


Oh, then it's his fault
The blame shifts again and lands on one of the father's actions.


So
A way to indicate the topic is changing.


It was his fault
The topic changes, and the blame is centered around the father.


No
A direct contradiction input.


Yes, it is, it's his
The blame returns to the father.


I guess
I am unsure of my input or participation in the events.


Wait a minute, though
Once again, I question the accusations being thrown at me.


I chopped down the beanstalk
I admit to this action being my own.


Right? That's clear
The statement infers the action is the one undeniable fact.


But without any beanstalk
If there is no giant beanstalk, the events would not have continued.


Then what's queer Is how did the second giant get down here
An unknown part of the story is questioned.


In the first place?
The previous event of the second giant arriving links to the earliest point in the events.


Yes (how?)
This is an inflection of asking for more detail on how the second giant arrived.


Well, who had the other bean?
The second giant must have some relation to the magical beans in some way.


The other bean?
This statement indicates that there were more than one magical bean.


You pocketed the other bean
The accusers assume that I held onto the other magical bean.


I didn't
I deny having the other bean.


Yes, I did
I take responsibility for having the other magical bean.


So it's your
The accusatory tone shifts back to my responsibility.


No, it isn't 'cause I gave it to my wife
I deflect the responsibility to my wife.


So it's her
The blame is placed on my wife.


No, it isn't
I deflect the blame from my wife once more.


Then whose is it?
The magical bean's responsibility in this situation is left undetermined.


Wait a minute
I question the situation being thrown at me.


She exchanged that bean
The magical bean's location is given as a result of my wife's action.


To obtain your shoe
My shoe was received by my wife in exchange for the magical bean.


So the one who knows what happened To the bean is you
I am now the only one remaining who has any relations to the magical beans.


You mean that old bean That your wife? Oh, dear
This is a sarcastic jest about the age of the magical bean.


But I never knew
I claim ignorance to the events involving the magical bean.


And so I threw Well, don't look here
I erase the influence the magical bean had further by avoiding the blame.


But
A contradictory response is given.


See, it's her fault
My wife is blamed for the situation once more.


But
A contradictory shift is given again.


And it isn't mine at all
I still cling to the idea that the situation is not my fault.


But what?
This statement is an opening for further questioning.


Well, if you hadn't gone back up again
A regretful action that I performed is brought up.


We were needy
I justify my previous methods by inferring the needed situation.


You were greedy
The accuser calls me out for being greedy.


Did you need that hen?
I am questioned for the need of a hen.


But I got it for my mother
My defense that the hen was gotten for my mother.


So it's her fault then
The hypothetical blame moves onto my mother.


Yes, and what about the harp In the third place?
Another event in the series is brought up.


The harp, yes
This phrase confirms the mention of the harp by the accusers.


She went and dared me to
The accusers place blame on my wife's actions.


I dared you to?
This is how I react to the dare.


She said that I was scared to (me?)
My wife uses fear to coerce me further into her plan.


She dared me
My wife attempted to manipulate my choices.


No, I didn't
I deny the allegations brought up by the accusers.


So it's your fault
The blame returns back to me.


Now, wait a minute
I question the legitimacy of the accusations made.


If you hadn't dared him to
The accusers justify their actions through their similar retort.


And you had left the harp alone
My accusers state if the harp was left untouched, nothing negative could have happened.


We wouldn't be in trouble in the first place (Well, if you hadn't thrown away the bean)
The accuser blames me for compounding the problem.


In the first place
This phrase links the last sentence to the beginning of the situation.


Well, if she hadn't raised the beans in the first place (it was your fault)
The blame shifts placed onto my wife once more.


'Cause if you hasn't raised them in the first place
I emphasize my current state because of my wife's earlier action.


Why did you raised the beans in the first place?
The motivation for starting the situation is questioned.


It's your fault
The blame remains or returns onto me.


You're responsible
My response works with the previous line to indicate responsibility.


You're the one to blame
The previous line and this are three lines work together to indicate responsibility, blame, and shift the blame all to me.


It's your fault
The accusers hold onto the idea that I am the one responsible for everything.


Shh
The conversation ends with the exclamation of the word 'shh.'.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Stephen Sondheim

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