The Silence
Alexandra Burke Lyrics


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You lift me up
And knock me down
I'm never sure just what to feel when you're around
I speak my heart
But don't know why
'Cause you don't never really say what's on you mind

It's like
I'm walking on broken glass
I wanna know but I don't wanna ask

So say you love me
Or say you need me
Don't let the silence
Do the talking
Just say you want me
Or you don't need me
Don't let the silence
Do the talking

It's killing me (love in silence)
It's killing me (love in silence)
It's killing me (love in silence)

You let me in
But then sometimes
Your empty eyes just make me feel so cold inside
When I'm with you
It's like rolling dice
Don't know where or how you're gonna make me cry

So say you love me
Or say you need me
Don't let the silence
Do the talking
Just say you want me
Or you don't need me
Don't let the silence
Do the talking

It's killing me (love in silence)
It's killing me (love in silence)
Oh oh oh oh (love in silence)

It's like
I'm (I'm) walking on (walking on) broken glass
I wanna know but I don't wanna ask

'Cause once you say it
You can't take it back
And this the end and please just fake it fast

So say you love me
Or say you need me
Don't let the silence (ooh)
Do the talking
Just say you want me (say you want me)
Or you don't need me (but you don't want me)
Don't let the silence
Do the talking

Whoa (love in silence)
Oh (love in silence)
Whoa (love in silence)

Oh yeah, oh (love in silence, love in silence, love in silence)
You lift me up




And knock me down
I'm never sure just what to feel when you're around

Overall Meaning

The Silence by Alexandra Burke is a song about the frustrations of trying to navigate a relationship where one person is not communicating their feelings effectively. The opening lines set the tone of the song, with the singer feeling constantly confused, never sure of what to feel when their love interest is around, because they never say what's on their mind. The song then reveals the internal turmoil the singer experiences when trying to interpret the other person’s silence, with the metaphor of walking on broken glass, bringing to life the difficulties of this situation. The chorus follows, with the singer pleading with their partner to communicate instead of keeping silent, to say whether they love them, need them, or want them, because the silence is killing them. The song then goes on to explain further the singer's feelings of insecurity in the relationship, with their partner sometimes making them feel 'cold inside,' and their interactions feeling as though they are 'rolling dice.' The bridge drives home the importance of communication, exhorting the partner to 'just say it,' rather than faking it, which will only lead to the eventual end of the relationship.


Overall, The Silence is a song full of emotion and vulnerability, representing the struggles that come with love and communication. Alexandra Burke’s powerful vocals take the listener on an emotional journey that anyone who’s ever felt the pain of love and silence can relate to.


Line by Line Meaning

You lift me up
You make me feel happy and confident


And knock me down
But then you make me feel sad and insecure


I'm never sure just what to feel when you're around
I have mixed emotions when I'm with you


I speak my heart
I tell you how I feel


But don't know why
But I'm not sure why I bother, since you never say anything back


'Cause you don't never really say what's on you mind
Because you keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself, and I have to guess what you're thinking


It's like I'm walking on broken glass
Being around you is painful and uncertain


I wanna know but I don't wanna ask
I want to know how you feel, but I'm afraid to ask


So say you love me
Just tell me that you love me


Or say you need me
Or tell me that you need me


Don't let the silence do the talking
Don't let the lack of communication between us speak for how you feel


Just say you want me
Or simply say that you want me


Or you don't need me
Or if you don't want me, just say it


It's killing me (love in silence)
This lack of communication is hurting me deeply


You let me in
You allowed me to get close to you


But then sometimes
But other times


Your empty eyes just make me feel so cold inside
Your lack of emotion or expression makes me feel unloved and alone


When I'm with you
Being with you


It's like rolling dice
Is like taking a chance; I never know what I'm gonna get


Don't know where or how you're gonna make me cry
I am unsure of what will make me upset and cause me to cry


'Cause once you say it
Because once you say how you feel


You can't take it back
You can't unsay it and take it back


And this the end and please just fake it fast
And if this is the end of our relationship, please pretend to still care until it's over


Whoa (love in silence)
The lack of communication between us is causing pain and distress


Oh yeah, oh (love in silence, love in silence, love in silence)
The silence is a constant source of unhappiness and suffering




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: BILAL HAJJI, NADIR KHAYAT, SAVAN KOTECHA

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

TV Mapuche

LYRICS:

You lift me up
Then knock me down
I'm never sure just what to feel when you're around

I speak my heart
But don't know why
'Cause you don't ever really say what's on your mind

It's like I'm walking on broken glass
I wanna know but I don't wanna ask

So say you love me
Or say you'll leave me
Don't let the silence do the talking

Just say you want me
Or you don't need me
Don't let the silence do the talking

You let me in
But then sometimes
Your empty eyes just make me feel so cold inside
When I'm with you
It's like rolling dice
Don't know when or how you're gonna make me cry

So say you love me
Or say you'll leave me
Don't let the silence do the talking

Just say you want me
Or you don't need me
Don't let the silence do the talking

It's killing me
(The silence)
It's killing me

Oooh
(The silence)

It's like I'm walking on broken glass
If it's the end then please just make it fast
So say you love me
Or say you'll leave me
Don't let the silence do the talking
Just say you want me
Or you don't need me
Don't let the silence do the talking
(The silence)
(The silence)
(The silence)
(The silence)
(The silence)
You lift me up
Then knock me down
I'm never sure just what to feel when you're around



All comments from YouTube:

Sean B

This song should have been a massive hit for her, her vocals are amazing.

denis okelo

People hate good songs

Priscilla🏳️‍⚧️

It’s a shame that she isn’t noticed as much now. She has a incredible voice.

TV Mapuche

LYRICS:

You lift me up
Then knock me down
I'm never sure just what to feel when you're around

I speak my heart
But don't know why
'Cause you don't ever really say what's on your mind

It's like I'm walking on broken glass
I wanna know but I don't wanna ask

So say you love me
Or say you'll leave me
Don't let the silence do the talking

Just say you want me
Or you don't need me
Don't let the silence do the talking

You let me in
But then sometimes
Your empty eyes just make me feel so cold inside
When I'm with you
It's like rolling dice
Don't know when or how you're gonna make me cry

So say you love me
Or say you'll leave me
Don't let the silence do the talking

Just say you want me
Or you don't need me
Don't let the silence do the talking

It's killing me
(The silence)
It's killing me

Oooh
(The silence)

It's like I'm walking on broken glass
If it's the end then please just make it fast
So say you love me
Or say you'll leave me
Don't let the silence do the talking
Just say you want me
Or you don't need me
Don't let the silence do the talking
(The silence)
(The silence)
(The silence)
(The silence)
(The silence)
You lift me up
Then knock me down
I'm never sure just what to feel when you're around

shayne Lowther

Song , voice, beauty , perfect

homebuddha

I followed Alex on X Factor every week. She had it from the very beginning, exceptional vocal power & unbelievable control. This video theme (all the vintage doll glamour, heavy make up, grace Kelly like appeal was unrelatable to women of today) ruined every chance of this amazing song being her historic anthem. The message in this song is powerful, real and absolute. It’s about true loves pain, broken hopes of love, friendship & trust, feeling invisible, confusion, feelings of rejection, bing ignored, low self worth, regrets… the very emotions every woman has felt at sometime in her life with someone, not necessarily a partner - could also relate to broken friendships. I feel the video needed to portray those scenarios wholesomely to engage relationship jeopardy and trials. This video missed the entirety of that realness. Had they hit it on the head, this would become historic. Sadly it didn’t receive the justice the song and Alex rightly deserved. Her talent and ability to make you feel the song is intoxicating

dan

I have chills, this song is too perfect, her voice is so emotional and she's so beautiful and talented. She definitely deserved better..

Jo Smith

I know what you mean I've got chills listening to this beautiful womanxxxx

Open Diary

Wow, this song just suddenly came back to my mind. It's been 7 years since the last time I discovered this song as a 16-year-old boy on a television show. The lyrics and her singing are incredible. Also, this reminds me of how I started my different life with music and English, which helps me a lot to be able to what I want today! Can't believe that now I am 23 and graduated from university for a year. Thank you.

Olga Shati

....Боже, какой тембр..какой окрас голоса.. супер... обожаю как поёт Александра 👍👏

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