Never Said (1993) :: Liz Phair

So don’t look at me sideways,
don’t even look me straight on,
and don’t look at my hands in my pockets, baby,
I ain’t done anything wrong.”


About the song:

Never Said is a song written and performed by Liz Phair, released as a radio-only single from her debut album Exile in Guyville. It was the first single released from the album. Although no physical single was released for the song, a music video (see above) was released, directed by Katy McGuire.

In 2007, the song was listed as the 89th greatest song of the 1990’s by VH1.

The song is also featured on the Liz Phair compilation album Icon (2014), and a live version of the song is part of Lilith Fair, Volume 3 (1999).


Never Said (live on David Letterman, 1994)

My thoughts:

This was the first Liz Phair song I ever heard, standing in a Tower Records with a baby on my hip and a friend at my side. I was not yet 25 and there was something in Liz’s voice that sounded just like what “not yet 25” felt like. I connected to something then and there, in that aisle of music, and left the store with Exile in Guysville in my hands.

Though the song was not my favorite from the album, it would remain part of that first Liz Phair memory. Then, years later, I would hear the song as part of a rather personal and confessional mix CD given to me by a then-lover, and the song would take on a new meaning, and memory, to me.

Recently, I heard the song again on the VH1 show Hindsight, which I have fallen hard for. So much 90’s music bringing back so many memories on this show each week.

I love how fluid music is, how a song can evolve in its impact as life goes on, and the soundtrack expands, and changes.

Do you have a memory of Never Said?


4 thoughts on “I didn’t utter a sound :: #ThrowbackThursday

  1. Awesome song. I remember writing a poem in my undergraduate poetry class with the title shared from Phair’s album Exile in Guyville. I wish I still had it. Have you heard the iTunes Original Acoustic Version? Amazing, check it out!

    1. Too bad you don’t still have it – I’d like to have read it.

      I haven’t heard that acoustic version – I’ll have to look for it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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