If it's getting harder to face every day
Don't let it show, don't let it show
Though it's getting harder to take what they say
Just let it go, just let it go

And if it hurts when they mention my name
Say you don't know me
And if it helps when they say I'm to blame
Say you don't own me

Even if it's taking the easy way out
Keep it inside of you
Don't give in, don't tell them anything
Don't let it,
Don't let it show

Even though you know it's the wrong thing to say
Say you don't care, say you don't care
Even if you want to believe there's a way
I won't be there, I won't be there

But if you smile when they mention my name
They'll never know you
And if you laugh when they say I'm to blame
They'll never own you

Even if you feel you've got nothing to hide
Keep it inside of you
Don't give in, don't tell them anything
Don't let it,
Don't let it show


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Don't Let It Show Lyrics as written by Eric Woolfson Alan Parsons

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  • +2
    General Comment

    Well, I could be wrong, but I think this song is possibly based of one of the I, Robot stories called Evidence, where there is a politician suspected to be a robot, and it is strongly suggested throught the story that he is one. It's implied that he was built by an old man that he refers to as his "teacher." This could be a conversation between them where the teacher is saying to hide the fact that you are a robot.

    I'm not sure, but that seems the closest match to one of the I, Robot stories. I mean, it doesn't seem quite to fit to me so I'm probably way off on this one.

    malec2bon December 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song.. one of my favourite songs. for me it reflects my cutting stage.. still now.. but not to give in and cut, not to show the pain... that's how i feel anyway...

    Penninoon March 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Not sure if I have anything else to add to the commentary on the lyrics. I just wanted to point out that it was Pat Benatar, not Streisand that covered this song on her debut album In The Heat of the Night.

    Mad Slanted Powerson January 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    dude, this is the song i want played at my funeral. i figure it's like, once im gone, if someone pisses you off while theyre tlaking about me, "Dont Let It Show" just keep it in. And "Even if you want to believe there's a way I won't be there, I won't be there" that's like, when some one you love dies, you always think about what you could have done to fix it, but death is final.

    shoebox725on August 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Ah, illicit love! Of course, no reason is given as to WHY it's a forbidden love...

    If we're keeping in line with the concept of the album - Is it that the robots in the future only allow humans to mate on a schedule?

    Or does it have nothing to do with Robots and it's simply that classic Romeo and Juliet scenario where the political situation prevents love from blossoming?

    Whatever the reason, it's apparent that the love these two share is real - admitting to it is impossible. What I notice most about this is that there's no hope here - no change of a future for these lovers are in the cards.

    He (I assume it's a 'he' although I believe this song was redone by Streisand once), is willing to take the blame and responsibility from her and put it on himself. All she has to do is not say anything about what happened.

    It would seem that something bad is about to happen to our protagonist as he says, 'they say I'm to blame' and 'getting harder to take what they say' - about him, I'm assuming.

    Sometimes you wish a songwriter would be a little more specific - although nothing beats the Neil Young line in 'Long May You Run': 'We've been through some... things together...' Grrrrr.... ;)

    Still, with that much ambiguity, a lot of people can put themselves in that song and it works for them. Read the comments so far and you'll see what I mean. One poster relates it to cutting, another, a funeral song.

    Either way, this isn't a very happy song, but it is an effective one.

    ctlizyrdon September 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Memory

    What this song means to me is this. I actually started listening to APP while I was going through this, and it hit home pretty hard. So I'm not sure if this is what he was writing about, but it's was clear to me. While out of town on business I met a girl at my clients office, she worked there and was engaged to the owners' son. We fell in love and kept our relationship going even after I left. When this was going on, the owners started hearing things and asking questions about it "And if it hurts when they mention my name" it was killing her I know. She tried to stay, but she ended up breaking it off...but continued to work there. "And if it helps when they say I'm to blame. Say you don't own me." Eventually she did leave and we tried to make it work, but sadly it ended. I hope she's happy where ever she is.

    CyberBOSon December 19, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    i actually never looked at this song as being between 2 lovers but actually a friend talking to another good friend. to me it sounds like the singer is about to be executed by the robots and he's telling his friend when they come for you don't say anything, just stay silent even though it will be very hard. i figure the man must've tried to rebel and was captured by the robots. it's a very melancholy, sad song. don't know why it gets all upbeat at the end. it's catchy and all but i don't know how it would tie into the meaning of the song. anyway that's my thoughts

    cinbengalson January 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    I think he is talking about having AIDS and being Gay. What he is saying, don't tell them you have the disease, don't suffer with the stigma(when it was written) just live your life.

    JCBossmanon April 07, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    To me, this song is about when you show what is inside you, people usually see that as weak (I don't say it is, but that is what i noticed) and it will be used against you, even if you have nothing to hide, people still try to play mindgames with you, no reaction is often the best reaction, then they start thinking because they get insecure about what you are thinking, it is a way to keep control, but it isn't a nice one. Love this song.

    karinmensahon April 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    This song is ironically claiming just the opposite of how Christians witness for Christ. In the Christian tradition Christ tells his disciples to proclaim his name even if you need to be a martyr as a result. Spread the word, proclaim his name as well as God. Man is the creator and prophet with respect to robots. In this case Man is ironically telling his robot creations just the opposite. Deny me as I not worthy of your suffering in my name.

    fredhathawayon January 13, 2015   Link

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