♫ Don’t Lie To Me ♫

It was just a couple of days ago that I played You Don’t Send Me Flowers, by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond.  I typically try to put a few weeks’ distance between songs by the same artist, but just yesterday, a dear friend sent me information about a new song by Ms. Streisand, and I didn’t want to put it aside for any length of time, knowing I would likely forget it.  Now, I don’t intend these music posts to be political, necessarily, but sometimes they are, for the music is … well, not so much political as a statement against social injustice, or sometimes even revolutionary.

This song, Don’t Lie to Me, is Barbra Streisand’s first new original music since 2005, and was the first new single off her upcoming album Walls, due out November 2nd.   In a recent interview with Time magazine, Streisand explains what motivated her to write this song, along with John Shanks, Jonas Myrin, and Jay Landers …

“My problem is what’s been happening to America. Even basic human decency seems to be melting away faster than the polar ice caps. An artist – at least – has a form of expression, which I’m grateful for. It gives me a way to let off a little steam.  It’s easy to feel powerless, but we’re not.

They’re very troubling times. The leader of the free world doesn’t seem to care much about truth, and he’s chipping away at the pillars of democracy, like freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press. I believe in the power of the truth, and I can’t stand being lied to. I don’t think the country should be lied to either. So that started me thinking about how to put down my thoughts in music and lyrics about what was on my mind.”

When asked about the title of her upcoming album, Walls, she explained …

“Well, we have a president who wants to build walls, and that got me thinking—walls can be structural, and walls can be emotional; walls between people. So I asked my dear friends Marilyn and Alan Bergman to write a song for this album, and it came out as “Walls,” which says we would have that better day if all those walls came tumbling down. I hope we find a way to tear down walls and build more bridges instead. There’s also a very hopeful song on this, “Better Angels,” that was inspired by Lincoln’s first inaugural address. It reminds us of who we have the potential to be when we listen to the better angels of our nature.”

The interview is quite interesting, if you feel inclined to take a look.  But for now, without further ado …

Don’t Lie to Me
Barbra Streisand

Why can’t you just tell me the truth?
Hard to believe the things you say
Why can’t you feel the tears I cried today, cried today, cried today
How do you win if we all lose?
You change the facts to justify
Your lips move but your words get in the way, in the way, in the way

Kings and Queens, crooks and thieves
You don’t see the forest for the trees
Head and heart on our knees
You can’t see what we all see

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

You can build towers of bronze and gold
You can build castles in the sky
You can use smoke and mirrors, old clichés
Not today, not today

Kings and Queens, crooks and thieves
You don’t see the forest for the trees
Hand on heart, down our knees
You can’t see what everyone sees

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

Can’t you see I’m crying?
Can’t you see we’re crying?
Where’s the new horizon?
Where’s the new horizon?

How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?
(How do you sleep when the world is turning?)
How do you sleep?
(All that we built has come undone)
Enough is enough
(How do you sleep when the world is burning?)
How do you sleep?
(Everyone answers to someone)

Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

Can’t you see I’m crying?
(Can’t you see we’re crying?)
Can’t you see we’re crying?
Everyone answers to someone

Songwriters: Barbra Streisand / John Shanks / Jonas Myrin / Jay Landers
Don’t Lie to Me lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

14 thoughts on “♫ Don’t Lie To Me ♫

  1. Barbra Streisand has been an unabashedly outspoken critic of Trump from the beginning of this nightmare that we wake up to and live each day. She has never utilized her powerful voice as a more potent Streisandian statement than in the November 2018 album “Walls”. She sings from her heart and reaches to the depth of her soul to produce the best Barbra in years, on every single song. Though she does not sound the same as she did on her first album in 1963, “The Barbra Streisand Album” (1964’s Grammy Album of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance), there is an added beauty to a voice that has enriched music for decades. At an age when most of us have long since retired, 76 when this album was recorded, Barbra steps up and puts into words and music what many of us have been thinking. Prior to the release of the album there was a Streisand interview in Oct. of 2018 in The Guardian where the interviewer, Emma Brockes, wrote : “an album that is a well manicured middle finger to the 45th president.”…my sentiments exactly! My favorite and most anti-Trumpian is your featured song, where she calls him out without naming him, nor does she throughout the album. “Lady Liberty”, “Imagine/What a Wonderful World”, “What’s On My Mind”, “The Rain Will Fall”, “Take Care of This House”, “Love’s Never Wrong”, and the title song “Walls” shift between despair and hope. “What the World Needs Now” with the added vocals of Michael McDonald and Babyface has never sounded better. In a time when Trump encourages and gives permission for the worst angels of our nature to come out, using Lincoln’s last words in the 1861 first inaugural address in “Better Angels” is perfect. Given the theme of the album the addition of “Happy Days Are Here Again” as the last song at first glance seems an unlikely choice. Not so, this song from that first album has earned its place and gives us reason to endure and believe that this too shall pass, may it be so! THANK-YOU!!

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    • I agree … I admire Barbra in the same way I admire Colin Kaepernick, Jon Stewart, and others who have a larger voice than the rest of us, and who are using that voice to make a powerful statement in hopes of waking up that portion of our populace that seems almost hypnotized by the madman in the Oval Office. Barbra is 76??? Who knew? I thought she was younger than me! And she still has such a beautiful voice. I mistakenly assumed that “Walls” wasn’t coming out until November 2019 … I didn’t realize it was out last November. I may play a couple of other songs from that album in the coming month or so. I was particularly intrigued by what I read in the Time interview about the title song, as well as “Better Angels”.

      Thanks, Ellen, for coming back and commenting. I’m happy to see you here again. 😊

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  2. Colour me undecided.Yes, I enjoyed ‘The Voice’ but I’m not convinced by the song, genuine emotions or just some glib sentences joined together. Maybe a few more listenings will do the trick.There were never enough listenings in the World to convince me with the Carpenters, each one was one too many.
    Cwtch

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    • I can understand that, but I think she is sincere, for she has always been one to speak out against social injustices. Listen again, perhaps you’ll feel it … or perhaps not. Either way, I give her two thumbs up for trying.
      Cwtch

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      • Apologies Sweetie, it’s not Ms Streisand’s singing and her emotion I doubt, it’s the writing and putting together the words to make the song I’m not keen on. She could sing the phone book and I’d be happy.but to me some of the phrasing is a bit glib like different lines from different songs were put together and called a new song it jarrred.
        Cwtch

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        • No need to apologize … we all see things a bit differently, and as long as you enjoyed the song, I’m happy. And … your knowledge if broader than mine, for I didn’t realize that some of the lines were from different songs.
          Cwtch

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