You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

Album: Dusty Springfield's Golden Hits (1966)
Charted: 1 4
  • When I said I needed you
    You said you would always stay
    It wasn't me who changed but you and now you've gone away
    Don't you see that now you've gone
    And I'm left here on my own
    That I have to follow you and beg you to come home

    You don't have to say you love me just be close at hand
    You don't have to stay forever I will understand
    Believe me, believe me I can't help but love you
    But believe me I'll never tie you down
    Left alone with just a memory
    Life seems dead and quite unreal
    All that's left is loneliness there's nothing left to feel

    You don't have to say you love me just be close at hand
    You don't have to stay forever
    I will understand believe me, believe me
    You don't have to say you love me just be close at hand
    You don't have to stay forever
    I will understand, believe me, believe me Writer/s: Giuseppe Donaggio, Simon Napier-Bell, Vito Pallavicini, Vicki Heather Wickham
    Publisher: Downtown Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1966 {April 15th} Dusty Springfield performed "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" on the British ITV network television program, 'Ready Steady Go!'....
    At the time song was at #10 on the United Kingdom's Official Top 50 Singles chart, two weeks later it would peak at #1 {for 1 week} and it spent thirteen weeks on the Top 50...
    Between 1963 and 1995 the London native, as a solo artist, had thirty records on the UK Singles chart, eleven made the Top 10 with one reaching #1*, the above "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"...
    Sadly, Ms. Springfield, born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, passed away on March 2nd, 1999 at the young age of 59...
    May she R.I.P.
    She just missed having a second #1 record when her "What Have I Done To Deserve This" {with the Pet Shop Boys} peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} in 1987, the two week it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 15th 1966, "You Don't Have To You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #76; and on July 10th it peaked at #4 (for 1 week) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    It also reached #4 in Canada and Ireland...
    Between 1964 and 1970 she had eighteen records make the Top 100; with three making the Top 10, the other two were "Wishin' and Hopin'" (#6 in 1964) and "Son-of-A-Preacher Man" (#10 in 1969)...
    In 1987 she recorded "What Have I done To Deserve This" with the Pet Shop Boys; and it peaked at #2 in both the U.S. and U.K.
    Ms. Springfield, born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, passed away on March 2nd, 1999 at the young age of 59...
    May she R.I.P.
  • Darrell from Eugene, United StatesI don't know for sure if it is the same song, but Nadia Turner from American Idol (the tall curvaceous African-American lady with the huge afro) recorded a song called "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" that appeared on an American Idol-themed mixed disc, which I cannot recall the title or record label of.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoI think the message of the song is clear. It's about unrequited love and figuring that half a loaf is better than none. To be explicit, the protagonist loves someone who no longer returns that love. The protagonist asks (nay, begs) the love object to continue the relationship despite the object's lack of feeling for the protagonist. The protagonist assures the object that she/he will not hold this lack of returned feeling against him/her, if only the protagonist can have the object's company. If you're asking what the "message" is in a broader sense, I would say it's about the total consumation of true love, that one would put oneself in such a position if one loved another powerfully enough. It's a common theme in songs of the era. "When A Man Loves A Woman" comes to mind. Whether it's a "good" message is debatable, but I think this is clearly what the song is about.
  • Susy from New York, NyI really don't understand the message.
    I agree Deana!
    What's really being said?
    I teach English as a foreign language (to Italians)
    and was going to use this but ....
    Thanks for comments from anyone.
    Susan
  • Paul Anthony from Readington, NjThis song was also recorded in Italian by Pino Donaggio titled "io che non vivo"
  • Homer from Versailles, IlI don't know about other people, but I find Dusty Springfield's version of this song too overproduced and loud. Elvis Presley's version, being live, had much a more toned down musical production. He sings it in a much more straightforward manner, too.
  • Deana from Indianapolis, InAren't the lyrics of this song sending conflicting messages?
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