The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker

Scott Walker: ‘Only Myself To Blame’ (1999)

A Scott Walker song that was originally meant for the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough but is not heard in the actual film, only on its soundtrack album. Made in the middle of Scott’s experimental period, four years after Tilt came out, this song is an interesting return to his earlier crooner style.

From Wikipedia: “Originally, Arnold intended to use the song ‘Only Myself to Blame’, written by David Arnold & Don Black and sung by Scott Walker and inspired by the failed romance between Bond and Elektra King, who turns out to be a a villain. However, director Michael Apted ‘felt it it was too much of a downer for the end of the movie’ and Arnold replaced it with a techno remix of the ‘James Bond Theme’.”

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I’ve walked way past midnight,
I’ve driven for days,
I’ve tried to forget in so many ways.

I’ve held other arms,
But they don’t feel the same,
And I’ve only myself to blame.

From city to city,
I still see your face,
It follows me round all over the place.

I shouldn’t look back,
But I do just the same,
And I’ve only myself to blame.

I knew it was love,
But when you are young,
You think love will come again and again.

There’s no greater fool in the fool’s Hall of Fame,
And I’ve only myself to blame.

I knew it was love,
But when you are young,
You think love will come again and again.

There is no greater fool in the fool’s Hall of Fame,
And I’ve only myself…
Only myself…
Only myself to blame…