"The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" as written by Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri....
Well I've got a secret, I cannot say
Blame all the movement to give it away
You've got somethin', I understand
Holding it tightly, caught on command
Leap of faith, do you doubt?
Cut you in, I just cut you out

Whatever you do
Don't tell anyone
Whatever you do
Don't tell anyone

I look for reflections, in your face
Canine devotion, time can't erase
Out on the corner, locked in your room
I never believe them and I never assume
Still can't believe there is a lie
Promises promise, an eye for an eye
We've got something to reveal
No one can know how we feel

Whatever you do
Don't tell anyone
Whatever you do
Don't tell anyone

Whatever you do
Don't tell anyone
Whatever you do
Don't tell

I think you already know
How far I'd go not to say
You know the art isn't gone
And I'm taking this all to the grave

Whatever you do
Don't tell anyone
Whatever you do
Don't tell anyone

Whatever you do
Don't tell anyone
Whatever you do
Don't tell


Lyrics submitted by OwnPersonalDemon, edited by TheBronze, dakke, shitimbald

"The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret [Live]" as written by Nick Oliveri Josh Homme

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  • +5
    General Commentfuck that....QOTSA are waaay bettr than kyuss, eons better.....
    OwnPersonalDemonon September 29, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commenthmm i think he might actually be saying "blame modern movement." anyway, i never get tired of this song. it always strikes me as kind of bitter, i mean he compares the person he's singing to to a dog... the message i get is he can't trust anyone but himself. great song, damn catchy.
    glamorous*sunriseon May 18, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAt Rock In Rio before they began playing The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret, Josh stated, "This song is about fucking"
    Nix_649on July 27, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentjosh says every song is about fucking though lol
    uncletommyon March 31, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti love this song!
    does anybody know when there will be out something new by qotsa?
    i love them, they are one of my favourite bands.

    but isn't the songtext here wrong? in my opinion it's not "You know the art is gone
    And I'm taking this all to the grave" but "you know the art ISN'T gone and i'm taking this SONG to the grave"
    otherwise it wouldn't make any sense for me - for the person in the song this "the art of keeping a secret" is extremely important and he doesn't want to loose this art. he just sings about general facts - other people don't know the importance of this art anymore but he says "you know the art isn't gone (for me) and i'm taking this song to the grave"

    the part "promises promise" might also be "promise is promise"
    semiramison August 12, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthmmm lick em
    OwnPersonalDemonon March 21, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf you have seen the video it is obvious that this song is about sexual secrets (secret liasons) and other taboo acts.
    Alfaon March 29, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment3-28-03 Asbury Park, NJ
    Josh "Now this song is definitely about fucking!"
    The Professoron April 02, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTake a look at the video... to me, it's a story where sex and murder are involved. Very noir-like.
    Marquezon December 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentactually now i can see its about fucking. hehe
    Lester_91on January 03, 2006   Link

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