Oh, I can't keep it in, I can't keep it in
I've gotta let it out
I've gotta show the world, world's gotta see
See all the love, love that's in me

I said, "why walk alone, why worry when it's warm over here?"
You've got so much to say, say what you mean
Mean what you're thinkin', and think anything
Oh why, why must you waste your life away?
You've got to live for today, then let it go, oh
Lover, I want to spend this time with you
There's nothing I wouldn't do, if you let me know

And I can't keep it in, I can't hide it
And I can't lock it away
I'm up for your love, love heats my blood
Blood spins my head, and my head falls in love, oh

Oh, I can't keep it in, I can't keep it in
I've gotta let it out
I've got to show the world, world's gotta know
Know of the love, love that lies low

So why can't you say, if you know then why can't you say?
You've got too much deceit, and deceit kills the light
Light has to shine
I said, "shine light, shine light"

Love, that's no way to live your life
You allow too much to go by, and that won't do, no
Lover, I want to have you here by my side
Now don't you run, don't you hide
While I'm with you

And I can't keep it in, I can't keep it in
I've gotta let it out
I've gotta show the world, worlds's gotta see
See all the love, love that's in me

I said, "why walk alone, now, why worry when it's warm over here"
You got so much to say, say what you mean
Mean what you're thinkin' and think anything, why not?
Now why, why, why not?


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Can't Keep It In Lyrics as written by Yusuf Islam

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  • +1
    General CommentI think if he was speaking to his partner he would had said "baby"...
    In this case he calls this person "lover"... I think this song is more about an affair type of relationship.
    sucreion September 19, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of the best cat stevens ever wrote.
    It's all about the love that u can't keep inside and u need to express. Plus the part in Cmajor gives advice about happiness in life and the light stands for the joy and the laughter. that's all i have to say...c y'all later..bye!
    rockchikon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant song, beautifully capturing what it means to be in love.
    filthydisgraceon May 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFor me at least this song seems to be more about love of one self-expression rather than love for another, but I could be wrong, peace.
    Katonitrainon July 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWow! I just read a little more into these lyrics. I've changed my mind, my conclusion is it's about Cat Steven's frustration over lusting to have sex with the light on and he has a frigid girlfriend. Anyway that's it, peace.
    Katonitrainon August 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningSo, this song..
    Well, how I see it. This is about a man who just started dating some wonderful woman. And he's been keeping something hiding, because he's embarrassed to let it out.
    But at the end he just have to let it out, it's just impossible to keep that fart from slipping out. So he just let's go of the tension in his body and... You know the rest.
    EricSteinon January 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningTo me it's not about another person at all. He is filled with love of life.
    He asks us all....why waste your life away w/out love of life?
    john116164on March 25, 2018   Link

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