♫ You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me ♫

I always seem to learn something new when I post these music posts.  This one is a 1966 hit by singer Dusty Springfield (nee Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien) who I had no idea was an English singer!  Sigh … I repeat my question of a few nights ago … where have I been?

This song turned out to be her most successful song, hitting #1 in the UK and #4 in the U.S.  It was originally a 1965 Italian song by Pino Donaggio and lyricist Vito Pallavicini: “Io che non vivo (senza te)”.  Turns out that Dusty Springfield was in the audience at the 1965 Sanremo Festival when Donaggio and his team partner, Jody Miller, sang the song, and despite having no awareness of the lyrics’ meaning the song moved Springfield to tears.

In 1970, Elvis released his own version, which was also a hit in both the UK (#9) and the U.S. (#11), but I think I like Springfield’s the best.  What say you?

Dusty?

Or Elvis?

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Dusty Springfield

When I said I needed you
You said you would always stay
It wasn’t me who changed but you and now you’ve gone away
Don’t you see that now you’ve gone
And I’m left here on my own
That I have to follow you and beg you to come home

You don’t have to say you love me just be close at hand
You don’t have to stay forever I will understand
Believe me, believe me I can’t help but love you
But believe me I’ll never tie you down
Left alone with just a memory
Life seems dead and quite unreal
All that’s left is loneliness there’s nothing left to feel

You don’t have to say you love me just be close at hand
You don’t have to stay forever
I will understand believe me, believe me
You don’t have to say you love me just be close at hand
You don’t have to stay forever
I will understand, believe me, believe me

Songwriters: Giuseppe Donaggio / Simon Napier-Bell / Vicki Wickham / Vito Pallavicini
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

16 thoughts on “♫ You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me ♫

  1. Such a sweet soulful voice. Interesting that many YouTube comments about Dusty… “only hearing her voice, I always thought she was a black woman”, or “holy crap she’s white!?”
    There’s so much expression and feeling coming from Dusty’s performance, I must say she owns this one over the King! Love them both all the same. ❤

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  2. Jill, she had such a beautifully sweet voice. I saw an interview where no less than Dionne Warwick spoke admiringly of Springfield’s voice. I am with Jack on having a schoolboy crush on her. Keith

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