Guns N' Roses - Don't Damn Me Lyrics

Don't damn me
When I speak a piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me

Be it a song or casual conversation
To hold my tongue speaks
Of quiet reservations
Your words once heard
They can place you in a faction
My words may disturb
But at least there's a reaction

Sometimes I wanna kill
Sometimes I wanna die
Sometimes I wanna destroy
Sometimes I wanna cry
Sometimes I could get even
Sometimes I could give up
Sometimes I could give
Sometimes I never give a fuck

It's only for a while
I hope you understand
I never wanted this to happen
Didn't want to be a man
So I hid inside my world
I took what I could find
I cried when I was lonely
I fell down when I was blind

But don't damn me
When I speak a piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me

How can I ever satisfy you
An how can I ever make you see
That deep inside we're all somebody
An it don't matter who you wanna be
But now I gotta smile
I hope you comprehend
For this man can say it happened
'Cause this child has been
So I stepped into your world
I kicked you in the mind
An I'm the only witness
To the nature of my crime

But look at what we've done
To the innocent and young
Whoa listen to who's talking
'Cause we're not the only ones
The trash collected by the eyes
And dumped into the brain
Said it tears into our
conscious thoughts
You tell me who's to blame

I know you don't wanna hear me cryin'
An I know you don't wanna hear me deny
That your satisfaction lies in your ILLUSIONS
But your delusions are yours and not mine
We take for granted we know the whole story
We judge a book by its cover
And read what we want
Between selected lines

Don't hail me
An don't idolize the ink
Or I've failed in my intentions
Can you find the missing link
Your only validation is living your own life

Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time
So I send this song to the offended
I said what I meant and I've never pretended
As so many others do intending just to please
If I damned your point of view
Could you turn the other cheek

But don't damn me
When I speak a piece of my mind
'Cause silence isn't golden
When I'm holding it inside
'Cause I've been where I have been
An I've seen what I have seen
I put the pen to the paper
'Cause it's all a part of me
Don't damn me
I said don't damn me
I said don't hail me
Don't damn me

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Guns N' Roses Don't Damn Me Comments

    Pretended the board my parents used to whip my ass with was my guitar and could perform this whole album on my stage(bed) at the age of 6-8. Great memories. 😂


    Love it

  3. Jorge Rodriguez

    Great vocals !!!!

  4. Estranged_Coma

    Izzy’s mix is more prominent here, has this song been remixed?

  5. Gisela Gale


  6. Michael Y

    Axles delivery on this one is Fn phenomenal!

  7. David Hogue

    I would of committed suicide by 15 if it not of been for gnr

  8. Rachel C Zeff - Fish

    Thank you for delivering us this song!💝

  9. uziXwraith

    @1:00 is the beast.

  10. Nico Stobbe

    If I could pick any song that defined me as a teenager... it's Don't Damn Me. That great beat change moment right around 1:59 makes me smile every time I hear it.

  11. Jo Harrison

    This MAY have been my Favorite on this album, or Garden of Eden.. I speak my mind, and most of my birth family DAMNS ME... and believe me, i put the pencil (or pen to the paper)

  12. Jandher Rodrigues

    Puta música foda

  13. Kam Jergenson

    That solo tho!!!

  14. Jakejaydog

    2020 and this song is still an banger top 5 live this tune 💯🔥❤

  15. Josh Garrett

    My national anthem.

  16. Tamara Flores


  17. Jeremy Hurst

    SO FUCKING catchy

  18. Enda Dorgan

    What a Classic tune!!!

  19. Jason Mace

    I talked to axl back in 89 he wrote this song for me

  20. hoolivier

    Back to the old days... Underated song as fuck🤘

  21. Deadpool

    Great and amazing song.

  22. Tom Y.

    I listen to this when I'm angry and it always helps me get back to normal!

  23. Fred Ste

    Guns n roses : les meilleurs

  24. Little Boy

    Great song, man

  25. Gebhart Leberecht von Blücher

    Guns N Roses and heavy metal??? I thought Use Your Illusion would be less heavy than appetite?

  26. Ton PAULEN

    One of their best like to play this in my car so loud

  27. Aleksandar Frick

    One of five best songs from both " Illusion " albums . I think .

  28. Stephen Butler

    My fave slash solo

  29. Don H

    If human emotion could be converted into electricity, this song could power a few world cities for an entire year.

  30. iwtmltyb

    Show me another guitarist that can make a guitar scream like Slash and I’ll show you a liar.

  31. Reuben TV

    Love it


    Totally gotsa Steve Jones/Sex Pistols Swing until the breakdown. Thats ALL G 'n F'n R

  33. A B

    3:23 badassry begins!!

  34. Dizzy

    Why don't they play this live???  Axl's lyrics/vocals combined with some of Slash's all-time best riffs.  I actually have a demo of this song with Steven Adler on drums!

    Nikolay Pavlov

    who doesn't :)


    A lot of people don't.  LOL

  35. Studio StoneHeads


  36. Leo Stone

    I doubt they could create anything close to this today.

  37. ナヅカウ

    Axl rules, bitches!

  38. Mike Orozco

    This song is absolutely stunningly underrated
    What a lyricist....

  39. Riccardo Cagnato

    why they never play it live?

  40. MojoRaizen

    the solo on this one is insane

  41. Michelle Dienert

    My kids know that If mom plays this song she is pissed off and you best leave her alone .

  42. Thomas Rockmann

    Ich liebe dieses Lied....💪

  43. Matthias

    So fucking good. Slash obviously loves Schenker but added his own style. Outstanding!

  44. gib00343

    Slash is my Guitar Hero!

  45. Guns N Roses

    2:00 AMAZING

  46. Darthkoo

    Best song on either album

  47. Andrew Toone

    Vicarious existence is a fucking waste of time!

  48. Scuba


  49. METALHEAD666

    for all the kids playing "sweet child o mine" intro all over the place thinking theire badass,try this main riff instead

    The Riot Show

    honestly, this riff (and solo) is the best thing I've learn on the guitar. I just love it

    Carlos Rodriguez Jr.

    METALHEAD666 the realest comment I’ve seen in while..


    I wish I'd seen this comment sooner 😂

  50. demir demirović

    You all are soooo fucking boooring with that Underrated this,underrated that,underrated bla-bla,get the fuck out for now and all the times,shut the fuck up with that.

  51. Paul Davis

    When these guys had they're shit together, they were monsters of rock, the first three albums speak volumes to this ideology. This riff goes down as one of the best along with a few from Angus Young.

    David Mason

    Paul Davis

    They were the best. And they always will be.


    they're shit together?

  52. Ruan Hazard

    Essa Eu idolatro !

  53. Mark Hutchinson

    It's God I was there both tours 🌈

  54. Someone who hates you

    Best gunners song ever.
    20 fucking 19

  55. Dauzq De

    That breakdown. Wow!

  56. Golden Green

    Some of the best rifts of all time!

  57. j mcG

    "ive been where ive been and ive seen what ive seen " luv that bit x

  58. Alejandro Torres

    Que temon!!!

  59. Matheus Costa

    Olha, na minha opinião, o Slash toca pra caramba, mas essa distorção dele eu acho ridícula.

    Rogério Farias

    Os mais variados músicos já elogiaram o timbre característico dele.

    Matheus Costa

    Mas eu tenho uma birra com esse timbre dele kkk

    Rogério Farias

    @Matheus Costa é Rock cara, não é Metal

    Matheus Costa

    @Rogério Farias Verdade!

  60. Matheus Costa

    Olha, na minha opinião, o Slash toca pra caramba, mas essa distorção dele eu acho ridícula.

  61. Mr T J Peno

    Great song

  62. appetite for destruction

    Dont play this song while driving... you wil lose youre license ( for a while) and get a ticket.... cause of drive way to fast. 😏😏😏 Greetings from the Netherlands.

    Don H

    Hahaha, speaking from experience I see...

    Josh Vasquez

    Seriously. LMAO

  63. Jüstin__Sixx

    That face melting riff and guitar solo... Helloo eargasm!!

  64. Luke Dwyer

    Look at "reviewers reviews" of appetite 1 and 2. Fucking fools both absolute masterpieces

  65. Hilda Margoth Cano Bedoya

    Aveces la canto cuando conduzco..bellos momentos

  66. Pedro Benitez Herrero

    Best of the album by far

  67. Debbie Williams


    juan madrigal


    Steve Swanson

    He definitely thought he was. A mad egocentric one at that. I like the guys that hold the guitars in this band.

  68. Debbie Williams

    Do you know who he is

    Un Acceptable

    Who do you mean?

    Debbie Williams

    Well of course Axl Rose, who is he? Well I'll tell everybody, he is the Monster of rock, every song that GNR ever produced and played was all great!!! He is the King of Rock N Roll 🤘!!!!

    Debbie Williams

    Who do you think i mean???

    Un Acceptable

    @Debbie Williams Got to agree with you there, I liked almost all the songs.

  69. Debbie Williams

    Chris runyon

  70. Debbie Williams

    Elwood Indiana

  71. RealMadrid1994Now

    So I send this song to the offended
    I said what I meant and I've never pretended....

  72. 투모로우

    sound good !! 역시 최고

  73. Death Blow

    This is one of thier best songs hands down. SOOOOO underrated!!!

  74. Durham Viking

    First lick of the solo 😎

  75. SomeGingerDude

    0:08 I didn't know Spongebob was in Guns N' Roses

  76. Bob Salt

    I think Axle Rose always wanted to be a punk singer but his voice was too good for that genre so he slipped into heavy metal/hard rock. It really shows in songs like this. Take away Slash's guitars and Axle's vocal range and you have a Bad Religion song.

  77. David Fletcher

    Who the fuck down voted this???!! Bitch

  78. C F

    2:00 EPIC!!

  79. Juan José LELL

    This song is a response to one in a millon crítics.
    Want to hear it Live!!!! 🌹

  80. All Roads Lead Here

    Im only a little Jewish and i know bagels are the most superior bread like substance.

  81. All Roads Lead Here

    Ya ya ya

  82. wallas idontwanttobeapenguin

  83. wallas idontwanttobeapenguin

  84. HNAROSES07

    Sometimes I wanna Kill Sometimes I wanna Die, Sometimes I wanna Destroy, Sometimes I wanna cry!

    Neema Fouladi

    Every human being on the face of the planet has felt like that sometimes.

    hugo alvarenga

    Sometimes i wanna fuck..


    @hugo alvarenga HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Lewis Cypher

    Thanks for the rehash dummy.

  85. Martijn de Vries

    slash rocks!

    Martijn de Vries

    I am fucking replying my own reply

  86. Tsunamiz

    The main guitar riff is insane! So catchy and energetic. Guitar super-hero stuff!

  87. Loic LL

    3:23 Great!

  88. toryelduifjes1

    this song keeps stuck in your head

  89. Davide Malagoli

    To my great regret, they never play it live


    Davide Malagoli Really? Man that‘s a real shame, one of their very best in my opinion

    Davide Malagoli

    @Castlebell Yeah, one of the only two songs they never played live (the other is Shotgun Blues).

  90. Jared Ballesteros

    This song is fucking pyrotechnic

  91. Joyvan de Sales

    Great song, man.😎

  92. Darrel Eddings

    Only song they have never played live.


    They've never played "Get in the Ring", "Shotgun Blues", or "My World" live either.

  93. Benign or Design

    Yell 4:26 at someone

  94. DARK LORD 666

    bueno,, me encanta esta canción del GNR la escucho desdeque tenia 13 añitos recuerdo q compre el illusion 1y 2 en un puesto de cosas usadas me los dieron baratos pero parami eran un tesoro por q los guns eran lo maximo
    los eacuchaba en mi tocadiscos y sonaba del putas sobre todo dont da me lo mejor , luego estos tesoros
    me dio por regalarselos a una vieja q me gustaba ella nunca me paro "bolas"solo amigos
    hoy quisiera decirle q me debuelba los illusion 1 y2 maldita perra.