I'm in the dark, I'd like to read his mind
but I'm frightened of the things I might find
Oh, there must be something he's thinking of
to tear him away
when I tell him that I'm falling in love
why does he say
hush hush
keep it down now
voices carry
I try so hard not to get upset
because I know all the trouble I'll get
oh, he tells me tears are something to hide
and something to fear
and I try so hard to keep it inside
so no one can hear
hush hush
keep it down now
voices carry
He wants me
but only part of the time
He wants me
if he can keep me in line
hush hush
keep it down now
voices carry
hush hush, darling, she might overhear
oh, no-voices carry
he said shut up he said shut up
oh God can't you keep it down
voices carry
I wish he would let me talk.

Lyrics submitted by numb

Voices Carry song meanings
Add Your Thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +5
    General CommentIt's a story about what happens all the time. A woman is with a man and wants more from him than he is willing to give. Most women have been in a relationship like that.
    poz52000on August 27, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI read these lyrics to my husband, who is a song writer and he immediately said " the guy is married and doesn't want anyone to find out about the other girl or he just wants to play around and not get deeply involved" Makes sense to me. I didn't hear any abuse until the other readers suggested it, just the fact that he was keeping her a secret from others.
    virgokennewickon December 19, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI thought she said "Oh hush, keep down now, This is Carrey" Errrr I know... Finally I found out on VH1 that it was Voices Carry. Hah!
    Mode000on April 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with the user before me. She's singing about what it's like to be a mistress. The guy is to preoccupied with getting caught they will never have a deep connection.
    bellyflooron October 14, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentShe's afraid to know the truth of his mind. He only wants her part of the time.
    He tells her "she" might overhear.
    To mention "Tear him away," "trouble I'll get," and the mention of the other woman, who is to be feared by both speaks to the fact that she is acquainted with his wife/ or other woman.

    She's obviously his mistress and he likes her but he wants to keep it a secret because it would mean trouble if his regular girl found out.
    DrFlipflopson March 02, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah, not really because Wikipedia says it was originally about a woman and they were made to change the gender.

    I wonder if Aimee Mann is gay/bi or if it's just made up or from the perspective of someone she knows.
    mockingsmileon July 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember hearing that this song was about her relationship with Al Jourgenson from Ministry.

    "Mann acquired this unflappable composure over a tumultuous career, which began in Boston’s punk scene (her first band, The Young Snakes, featured college chum Al Jourgenson, with whom Mann briefly played in an early incarnation of Ministry). The Berklee College dropout formed the New Wave outfit ’Til Tuesday in 1983 with then—boyfriend Michael Hausman. The band struck gold two years later with “Voices Carry,” a wrenching account of an oppressive love affair."
    OneFleshon November 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsad. even more sad that i can relate:/ good song, gotta listen to the rest of their songs, since this one's so damn good.
    XxbladeXwagnerxXon October 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn his biography "Ministry: The Lost Gospels according to Al Jourgensen" Uncle Al claims this song is about him ... don't know if he's taking credit for beating up Amiee Mann or if the abuser is the other guy she was involved with at the same time. Either way taking credit for this song is about as cool as taking credit for "You're so Vain"
    joeforce22on April 21, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationYou all haven't seen the youtube video. This song is about a bad Hollywood actor that is sexually frustrated.
    therealchandlerharnishon October 04, 2014   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top