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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  • +3
    General CommentIt'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
  • +2
    General Commentyeah, 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 CommentI thought she said "Oh hush, keep down now, This is Carrey" Errrr I know... Finally I found out on VH1 that it was Voices Carry. Hah!
    Mode000on April 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI 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 CommentI remember hearing that this song was about her relationship with Al Jourgenson from Ministry.

    "Mann acquired this unflappable composure over a tumultuous career, which began in Boston’s punk scene (her first band, The Young Snakes, featured college chum Al Jourgenson, with whom Mann briefly played in an early incarnation of Ministry). The Berklee College dropout formed the New Wave outfit ’Til Tuesday in 1983 with then—boyfriend Michael Hausman. The band struck gold two years later with “Voices Carry,” a wrenching account of an oppressive love affair."
    OneFleshon November 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsad. even more sad that i can relate:/ good song, gotta listen to the rest of their songs, since this one's so damn good.
    XxbladeXwagnerxXon October 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI read these lyrics to my husband, who is a song writer and he immediately said " the guy is married and doesn't want anyone to find out about the other girl or he just wants to play around and not get deeply involved" Makes sense to me. I didn't hear any abuse until the other readers suggested it, just the fact that he was keeping her a secret from others.
    virgokennewickon December 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the user before me. She's singing about what it's like to be a mistress. The guy is to preoccupied with getting caught they will never have a deep connection.
    bellyflooron October 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe's afraid to know the truth of his mind. He only wants her part of the time.
    He tells her "she" might overhear.
    To mention "Tear him away," "trouble I'll get," and the mention of the other woman, who is to be feared by both speaks to the fact that she is acquainted with his wife/ or other woman.

    She's obviously his mistress and he likes her but he wants to keep it a secret because it would mean trouble if his regular girl found out.
    DrFlipflopson March 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. Great lyrics!!!
    xJoeBoothxon March 14, 2002   Link

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