Don't Tell Me You Love Me

Album: Dawn Patrol (1982)
Charted: 40
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  • Written by lead singer Jack Blades, "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" was the breakout song for Night Ranger, and it remains the favorite of their fans. Dawn Patrol was the band's first album, and their only one recorded for Boardwalk Records, which went out of business, leaving Night Ranger to sign with MCA. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • In a Songfacts interview with Jack Blades, he explained: "We had already started working on our first album, and I came up with this song. I was just thinking of the idea of how it's really great, and it's really fun, but just don't tell me you love me – let's not go there. Let's just keep it fun and happy and everything like that. I wrote the chorus first, (singing) 'Don't tell me you love me, don't tell me you love me, don't tell me, I don't want to know.' And then I wrote these verses, 'It ain't the way you move, it ain't the way that you move me,' '25 years, I'm a kid on the run,' and all that kind of stuff. And I didn't think I'd written enough lyrics, because it seemed like it was so easy, but there wasn't a lot of words. And I always thought, Man, am I shortchanging the song? Shouldn't there be more lyrics? But my producer goes, 'No, man, it's fine the way it is.' He said, 'What you've succeeded in doing is conveying the whole idea of the song in a minimum amount of words, without having to write four verses, a bunch of choruses, a bridge, and everything like that, and it totally gets what the message is in the song with what you've done.' And he says, 'Congratulations. A lot of people have a hard time doing that.'"
  • Blades sings in this song, "I've lived 25 years, I'm a kid on the run." So now that he's older, what does he sing? Blades told us: "Same thing. 'I've lived 25 years, I'm a kid on the run.' I'm not gonna sing, 'I've lived 55 years, I'm a kid on the run.' (laughs) I mean, I wrote the words back then. It would be like Neil Young singing, (dead-on impersonation of Neil Young singing) 'I'm 64 and there's so much more.' (laughing) Kind of has a hollow ring to me. I just keep it the way it was. It's the way it is, the way it was."
  • Many American bands ignored MTV early on, but not Night Ranger. They made videos for their singles, including "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" (directed by Daniel Halperin), which gave them a lot of exposure. The band also thought it was pretty cool when they'd check into hotel rooms on tour and see themselves on the network.

Comments: 6

  • Alice Vargo from NevadaTell the truth !
  • Alice Vargo Stanovich from NevadaJack I told you those words in 1976 when you where with Aerosmith. After I told you and him other past life things.That have been seen on TV now. Tell the truth! Most of the words came from me and you promised me that if you wrote a song you would give me credit!l What goes around comes around CHEAP TRICK pay back.
  • Lester from NycTo me, 'Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight' is one of the alltime best hard rock songs.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 9th 1983, "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" by Night Ranger entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #86; and six weeks later on February 20th, 1983 it peaked at #40 for 3 weeks...
    It reached #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart...
    Between 1983 and 1988 the San Franciscan group had eleven Top 100 records with two reaching the Top 10; "Sister Christian" peaked at #5 {for 2 weeks} on June 3rd, 1984 and "Sentimental Street" reached #8 {for 2 weeks} on July 21st, 1985.
  • Willie from Scottsdale, AzIt always pains me that NR is more known for that sappy "Sister Christian" than this song.
  • Leon from Dokkum, NetherlandsLOVE this song:) its just amazing
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