"When You Say Nothing At All" as written by Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet....
It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word you can light up the dark
Try as I may I could never explain what I hear when you don't say a thing

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall
Now you say it best when you say nothing at all

All day long I can hear people talking out loud
but when you hold me near you drown out the crowd
Old Mister Webster could never define
what's being said between your heart and mine

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall
Now you say it best when you say nothing at all

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me
A touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall
Now you say it best when you say nothing at all


Lyrics submitted by Rosaline23

"When You Say Nothing at All" as written by Paul Overstreet Don Schlitz

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    General CommentWith very few exceptions, I think original versions of songs are better than covers by a wide margin. This song, however, is one of those exceptions. I cannot say whether I like Alison Krauss's or Keith Whitley's version better because they are rather different different but they are both at the top of my list of favorite songs. This is one of the simplest love songs but that is what makes it so powerful. Though I find every line meaningful, the one that stands out to me the most is "Old Mr. Webster could never define/What's being said between your heart and mine." I am usually very analytical and tend to think in terms of quantities and definitions, but in the situations this song describes none of that applies and that one line captures the idea perfectly.
    SuperNerd1988on January 10, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song ... Alison sings it so well and knowone else could sing it better....the perfect love song..
    brittyon June 13, 2002   Link
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    General Comment I love this song so much!!! U know, A guy named Keith Whitley sang it first. He sings it well, but he died, like a long time ago. I think they did a duet of this song. u r right britty, she has a gorgeous voice and she is the only person who could even do this song justice. (except Keith Whitley, of course)
    ~*Rocker_Chick*~on June 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just think her presentation of this song is better than that by Ronan Keating.
    snufkin-07on July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe way I took this song is that she is in love (obviously). Its all about trust.... she can trust him with her life... " The touch of your hand says youll catch me whenever I fall...". They can just look at eachother and know how they feel "You say it best when you say nothing at all."
    _BrownEyez_on July 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is like my all time favorite song! And Alison does a GrAtE job singin it!!... This is like the sweetest song ever... its about how she has this connection w/ some1.... and without even talking.. he tells her more than words could say!! Awww!! I LOVE IT!! :P
    PnkMnky88on July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE YOU GEOFF!!
    Manderzterzon July 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs. it's simply about two people who are so in love that they don't even have to say "i love you". it's really romantic and it's awesome.
    goodtimes312on July 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song can be about a special person (boyfriend, sister, friend) i no it relates to my friend and me we dont need words to understand eachother we have eachother and thats all that matters
    spunkyshapiroon June 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song can be about a special person (boyfriend, sister, friend) i no it relates to my friend and me we dont need words to understand eachother we have eachother and thats all that matters
    spunkyshapiroon June 13, 2003   Link

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