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Babes In Toyland has long been one of my favorite rock bands for the raw power of the music and vocals, but I've always felt as though there is a complexity to the lyrics of "Won't Tell", compared to, say, "Bruise Violet". Even the simple phrase "Figure out your problem with me is you" is kind of a mind-bender.

Here are the lyrics:

I won't ever tell on you
Ever see me do
I wait forever for you

Figure out your problem with me is you
I won't be like you
Ever see right through
I wait forever for you

Figure out your problem with me is you
I won't ever tell on you
Ever see right through
I wait forever for you

Figure out your problem with me is you
You come running through

Figure out your problem with me is you
I won't ever tell
SOURCE: Google Lyrics

Any thoughts or insights are appreciated, also commentary on the song by Bjelland.

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    Are you asking about the meaning of a specific part of the song or the meaning of the entire song? – Tsundoku Nov 26 '17 at 17:16
  • @ChristopheStrobbe Overall. I know from Wikipedia Bjelland had major issues with an abusive stepmother, but I don't know if this song relates to that relationship or something else. – DukeZhou Nov 28 '17 at 1:33
  • I think you should make your question more specific; it is currently at risk of getting closed because it's too broad. – Tsundoku Nov 28 '17 at 8:38
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To "figure out your problem with me" is to reason out what the person's problem with the speaker is.

If the person deduces that she herself is the problem, not the speaker, it would be, as the speaker says, "you."

That is, the stepmother has blamed the problems on her stepson, but it's actually all her, and she has to work that out for herself.

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