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Brenda Lee - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

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Uploaded on Nov 20, 2009

Performance from 1987 or 1988. This song was a mega hit for Dusty Springfield in 1966 ( #1 in the UK,and #4 in the US). Brenda Lee covered it the same year on her "Coming On Strong" album. It is an Italian song "Io che non vivo (senza te)". In English, "I, who can't live (without you)". Springfield saw it performed at San Remo by Pino Donaggio and Jody Miller. She had English lyrics written for her recording. In 1970, Elvis Presley's version reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the AC chart.

Music by Pino Donaggio and Vito Pallavicini
English lyrics by Vicki Wickham and Simon Napier-Bell.

Lyrics as sung by Brenda Lee:

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 know that now you've gone, I'm left here on my own
and 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

Live alone with just a memory, my life is dead and so unreal
There's nothing left for me, there's nothing left for me ¹

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,

Ooooh,

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, believe me

¹The original line here is
"All that's left is loneliness, there's nothing left to feel"

Please excuse the blurry video, but I thought the vocal performance was worth posting. Video is from 1987 or 1988.

Song history:
Madeline Bell, one of Dusty's backup singers, recalled that Dusty kept it under wraps. No one could hear it until the English lyrics were done. Dusty gave to a trusted friend, Vicki Wickham to do the lyrics. With Dusty's approval, Wickam partnered with her friend Simon Napier-Bell on the assignment. Napier-Bell later became Springfield's manager. The lyrics are not a translation of the original Italian.

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