EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ – Dusty Springfield

What was the number one song in the UK on 28th April 1966?

British singer, Dusty Springfield, was number one for the first time for 1 week with You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.

Much like Cilla’s You Are My World, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me was originally an Italian song. She first heard it sung in Italian at a concert (as Io che non vivo (senza te)) even though she didn’t understand its meaning, the song still moved her to tears. It’s a marvellous Dusty track. Swinging gloriously from the verse into the chorus. Dusty’s vocals soar throughout and it is indeed an incredibly moving tune and I can absolutely see how Dusty was still moved by it without understanding the lyrics.

Lyrics

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
And 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 so 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
Believe me

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