You and me, we used to be together
Every day together, always
I really feel that I'm losin' my best friend
I can't believe this could be the end
It looks as though you're lettin' go
And if it's real, well, I don't want to know

Don't speak, I know just what you're sayin'
So please stop explainin'
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts
Don't speak, I know what you're thinkin'
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

Our memories, well, they can be inviting
But some are altogether mighty frightening
As we die, both you and I
With my head in my hands, I sit and cry

Don't speak, I know just what you're sayin'
So please stop explainin'
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts, no, no, no
Don't speak, I know what you're thinkin'
And I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

It's all ending
We gotta stop pretending
Who we are

You and me
I can see us dyin'
Aren't we?

Don't speak, I know just what you're sayin'
So please stop explainin'
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts
No, no, don't speak, I know what you're thinkin'
And I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

Don't tell me 'cause it hurts
I know what you're sayin'
So please stop explainin'
Don't speak, don't speak
Don't speak, no
I know what you're thinkin'
And I don't need your reasons
I know you're good, I know you're good
I know you're real good, oh
La, la, la, la
La, la, la, la
Don't, don't, ooh, ooh
Hush, hush, darling
Hush, hush, darling
Hush, hush
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts
Hush, hush, darling
Hush, hush, darling
Hush, hush
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts
Oh, hush, hush, darling
Hush, hush, darling


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"Don't Speak" as written by Gwen Renee Stefani Eric Matthew Stefani

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +9
    My InterpretationI have a personal interpretation for this song. This song expresses perfectly what I felt.
    There was a guy, who changed my life. He was my soul brother, I felt alive again. But I didn’t have any other feelings for him than platonic. For a long time I tried to ignore the fact that he was falling in love with me. But some day even I could see it and I could feel that he wanted to tell me madly. I started to avoid him, because I didn’t want to lose my best friend. I didn’t want him to speak about it, because I thought that was the only way things could stay the same.
    He told me and things changed. But they were already different.
    I know that the emotional situation was and is worse for him, but I was really hurt, too.
    Gwilwilethon July 21, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGwen Stefani (the HOTTEST rocker EVER) is writing about her break up with bassist Tony Kanal.. What's amazing is that they stayed together as a band and the two remain best friends to this day.
    maxpower114on February 08, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA song about a break-up. Could be any sort but definitely a relationship. Pssssst! Pick yourself up and get on with this mess called life. ;) I guarantee,that they did. :)
    redshiftdazzleron August 02, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song was about tony kanal leaving her after seven years togther,its a break up song anthem now.i like the lines, 'i know you good, i know you real good' because thats what a really long relationship amounts too.the video for this song was about gwen being idolised and the band members being left behind.
    kaatrienon May 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDamn I love this song. Reminds me of high school. People loving and losing, me trying to love and going insane in the process...not literally insane, but getting my feelings hurt trying to love someone.
    zacsteron April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcant get much better than this, this has been on the radio for like 6 yrs.. or more...... and its still one of the gretest songs
    Rooneyishotstuffon June 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was originally written by her brother- It seemed to forshadow her current situation at the time with her relationship- her band.

    //I can see us dying... are we? //


    In the music video there is a Garden of Edan feel, living in paradise not in reality. These conditions can make things painful when reality throws you a curve ball. Awarness is very important and living in la la land can kill your core being if your not ready.

    //Our memories
    They can be inviting
    But some are altogether
    Mighty frightening//



    She already knows the ugly truth and won't allow it to swallow her up

    //Don't speak//
    //I can't believe//
    //Well I don't want to know//
    //Don't tell me 'cause it hurts no no no//




    Again she dosen't want anything sugar coated but yet refuses to listen to all the painful words -she has reached her limit.

    //And I don't need your reasons
    Don't tell me 'cause it hurts
    It's all ending,
    I gotta stop pretending who we are... //





    AcidAliceon October 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe played this song earlier at the gym, it's a breakup song. It's been eight months and we dont speak to each other. Really strong and emotional during the ending part "hush hush darling.. hush hush darling"... sounds comforting and hurt.
    Crescentmoon18on July 08, 2018   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's clear that this song is about mansplaining.
    quapeton July 07, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey broke up?
    Shoyruon January 31, 2002   Link

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