“Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

Song of the Day

September 28, 2017

Written by Eric Stefani & Gwen Stefani
Produced by Matthew Wilder
Released on the album Tragic Kingdom in October 1995

No Doubt mid nineties ballad, “Don’t Speak”, had a long journey to the top. It was released on the band’s third studio album, Tragic Kingdom, released as a single in 1996, failed to chart originally but later spent several months on top of the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, was nominated for a Grammy in 1998, and ultimately became No Doubt’s most successful international single.

No Doubt, 1995

Written by siblings Eric and Gwen in mid 1994, the song ranges from a simple pop ballad to more complex jazz and flamenco elements with a slight use of strings and brass.

Listen to “Don’t Speak”:

Song Lyrics

You and me, we used to be together
Everyday together, always
I really feel that I’m losing my best friend
I can’t believe this could be the end
It looks as though you’re letting go
And if it’s real, well, I don’t want to know

Don’t speak, I know just what you’re saying
So please stop explaining, don’t tell me ’cause it hurts
Don’t speak, I know what you’re thinking
I don’t need your reasons, don’t tell me ’cause it hurts

Our memories, well, they can be inviting
But some are altogether mighty frightening
As we die, both you and I
With my head in my hands, I sit and cry

Don’t speak, I know just what you’re saying
So please stop explaining, don’t tell me ’cause it hurts
Don’t speak, I know what you’re thinking
I don’t need your reasons, don’t tell me ’cause it hurts

It’s all ending, I gotta stop pretending who we are
You and me I can see us dying, are we?

Don’t speak, I know just what you’re saying
So please stop explaining, don’t tell me ’cause it hurts (no, no, no)
Don’t speak, I know what you’re thinking
And I don’t need your reasons, don’t tell me ’cause it hurts
Don’t tell me ’cause it hurts!
I know what you’re saying, so please stop explaining
Don’t speak, don’t speak, don’t speak
Oh I know what you’re thinking and I don’t need your reasons
I know you’re good, I know you’re good, I know you’re real good
Oh, la la la la la la, la la la la la la
Don’t, don’t, uh-huh hush, hush darlin’
Hush, hush darlin’ hush, hush
Don’t tell me tell me ’cause it hurts
Hush, hush darlin’ hush, hush darlin’
Hush, hush don’t tell me tell me ’cause it hurts

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