You Ruined Everything

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You Ruined Everything
ReleaseThing a Week Four
Release date08-18-2006
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"You Ruined Everything" is a song on Jonathan Coulton's seventh album, Thing a Week Four. A love song to his daughter, this is possibly Jonathan's most personal song.


"You Ruined Everything" was released as the forty-sixth Thing a Week on August 18, 2006. Jonathan's blog commentary on this song seems worth quoting in full:

I was having a conversation with a friend who had recently become a parent, and she reminded me of something I had forgotten about since my daughter was born. She was describing this what-have-I-done feeling - I just got everything perfect in my life, and then I went and messed it all up by having a baby. I don't feel that way anymore, but the thought certainly crossed my mind a few times at the beginning. Eventually you just fall in love and forget about everything else, but it's not a very comfortable transition. I compare the process to becoming a vampire, your old self dies in a sad and painful way, but then you come out the other side with immortality, super strength and a taste for human blood. At least that's how it was for me. At any rate, it's complicated.

Live performance

"You Ruined Everything" is played somewhat regularly at Jonathan Coulton concerts. Always given a full introduction about being a parent, it is played very similarly to the recorded version.


  • "You Ruined Everything" is classified as a sweet song on the Listening Suggestions page.
  • It should be noted that Thing a Week was kicked off when his daughter was born in 2005. Jonathan has said in interviews that he suddenly felt his own mortality when looking at the tiny person who was arriving to replace him in the world. He felt that it was way past time for him to make a stab at achieving his dreams, since if he failed to try, he'd be telling his daughter that dreams weren't worth trying for.
  • In 2011, Coulton stated that his daughter had asked him, "Daddy, is there a different kind of ruined?" [1]


"You Ruined Everything" is available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of Thing a Week IV. Of course, this song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store.


"Thing a Week IV" is available for purchase as a CD here.

Other versions

A karaoke version of "You Ruined Everything" is available on the Jonathan Coulton Karaoke Store.


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