"You Keep It All In" as written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray....
You know your problem
You keep it all in
You know your problem
You keep it all in

That's right
The conversation we had last night
When all I wanted to do was
Knife you in the heart
I kept it all in

You know your problem
You keep it all in
You know your problem
You keep it all in

Midnight, a husband getting ready to fight
A daughter sleeps alone with the light
Turned on, she bears but
Keeps it all in

Just like that murder in '73
Just like that robbery in '62
With all there things that have happened to me
I kept it all in
Why do you keep on telling me now

You know your problem
You keep it all in
You know your problem
You keep it all in

That's sweet
That conversation we had last week
When you gagged and bound me up to my seat
You're right, I do
I keep it all in


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"You Keep It All In" as written by Paul Heaton Dave Rotheray

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    General Commentthis song is about domestic violence
    the secret that the women is being hit is kept as a secret on both sides
    Trixxmuchon March 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg no comments, its one of the best beautiful south songs
    jonnywardon June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment>this song is about domestic violence

    Agreed, but what do the murder in '73 and the robbery in '62 have to do with anything?
    Reiveron August 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the abuse might be simply figurative, not physical. The 'keeping it all in' is about not really opening up to your other half, not letting them in, not talking to them about anything other than the everyday and mundane.
    Or receiving verbal abuse from your partner, how it's described both times as a 'conversation'.

    I don't know...every time I look back at these lyrics my opinion changes...
    queenoftartanon January 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNever thought it was about domestic abuse.

    Just more that the bloke keeps all his feelings bottled up, and although he did feel like knifing her in the heart, he didn't.

    The crimes are other things he's done, that he thinks he probably shouldn't tell people.
    xdvron July 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIn general, I agree with the abuse angle -- though not necessarily physical.

    The song feels like a cynical response to a "You keep your feelings bottled in" barb from a "loved" one (and I think they've kept it open ended so that either gender and your adult/ child/ parent can connect): "Of course I keep my feelings bottled up! What do you expect after years of systematic abuse where you neglected, bullied, failed to love me (or years of watching your miserable, failed relationship if you're seeing things from the daughter's angle)?"

    I guess, what I'm saying is that the song seems to be about the damage inflicted over time by a vast majority of relationships which causes us to shut down emotionally.
    keepitallinon January 17, 2012   Link
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    General CommentDomestic violence without a doubt. He has seen or done things in his life, bottled them up, and clearly has anger issues! Possibly his wife is trying to force him to open up talk

    "That's sweet
    That conversation we had last week
    When you gagged and bound me up to my seat
    You're right, I do
    I keep it all in"
    simon71590on June 15, 2012   Link

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