I'm in the dark, I'd like to read his mind
but I'm frightened of the things I might find
Oh, there must be something he's thinking of
to tear him away
when I tell him that I'm falling in love
why does he say
hush hush
keep it down now
voices carry
I try so hard not to get upset
because I know all the trouble I'll get
oh, he tells me tears are something to hide
and something to fear
and I try so hard to keep it inside
so no one can hear
hush hush
keep it down now
voices carry
He wants me
but only part of the time
He wants me
if he can keep me in line
hush hush
keep it down now
voices carry
hush hush, darling, she might overhear
oh, no-voices carry
he said shut up he said shut up
oh God can't you keep it down
voices carry
I wish he would let me talk.



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  • +2
    General Comment:its about a abusive relationship, not washing the dirty laundry in public, keeping it quiet
    in2sighton February 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i think its about an abusive relationship
    hoydenon March 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:yeah, not really because Wikipedia says it was originally about a woman and they were made to change the gender.

    I wonder if Aimee Mann is gay/bi or if it's just made up or from the perspective of someone she knows.
    mockingsmileon July 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I always thought it was about abuse and keep it down was like the neighbors are gonna hear. now tha i know the story of the relationship with the drummer it makes perfect sense. No doubt that's the real motivation. Anyway one of the greatest songs of the 80's. takes me back to my childhood memories of that particular summer. One of the songs high on my list of the soundtrack that is my life
    submarineron July 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It's a story about what happens all the time. A woman is with a man and wants more from him than he is willing to give. Most women have been in a relationship like that.
    poz52000on August 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i love this song. Great lyrics!!!
    xJoeBoothxon March 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:awesome song. underrated
    maggotbrainon February 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Someone tried to tell me that this song was about a woman who was in love with a gay man who was trying to keep it in. Does this have any merit?
    invisibleinklingon April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Perhaps you should see the Video... it might explain your query.
    Mode000on April 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Although, reading it again... It might sound like he might be gay specially in the 80s... when straight yuppy rich guys where hiding inside their flambouyant life. But I really doubt that the song is about that!
    Mode000on April 14, 2005   Link

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