Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It
Buffalo Springfield Lyrics


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Do I have to come right out
And say it,
Tell you that you look so fine?
Do I have to come right out
And ask you to be mine?
If it was a game I could play it,
Trying to make it
But I'm losing time
I got to bring you in,
You're overworking my mind.

Indecision is crowding me,
I have no room to spare
And I can't believe she cared
Like a dream she has taken me
And now I don't know where
And a part of me is scared
The part of me I shared,
Once before.

Do I have to come right out and say it,
Tell you that you look so fine?
Do I have to come right out
And ask you to be mine?

Indecision is crowding me,
I have no room to spare
And I can't believe she'd care.
Like a dream she has taken me
And now I don't know where
And a part of me is scared
The part of me I shared
Once before.

Do I have to come right out and say it girl,
Tell you that you look so fine?
Do I have to come right out,
And ask you to be mine?
If it was a game I could play it,
Trying to make it
But I'm losing time.
I got to bring you in,
You're overworking my mind.




Do I have to come right out and say it, girl
Tell you that you look so fine?

Overall Meaning

The song “Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It” by Buffalo Springfield appears to be about an individual who is uncertain about how to approach someone that they are interested in romantically. The song’s lyrics are filled with indecision and fear, which are common emotional experiences for those experiencing unrequited love. The first verse juxtaposes the singer’s interest in the person with their hesitancy to confess their feelings outright. He wonders whether he should bluntly state how attractive he thinks the individual looks or make a more concerted effort to woo them.


The chorus is a repetition of this internal debate - does he have to “come right out and say it” and confess his feelings or is he able to play a more subtle game and hope that the other person picks up on his romantic interest? The second verse then delves deeper into the singer’s internal conflict. He feels as though he has no room to spare for indecision but at the same time, feels overwhelmed and scared by the thought of being vulnerable to someone else. Ultimately, the singer is in a state of emotional turmoil and seems unable to confidently express his romantic feelings.


Line by Line Meaning

Do I have to come right out
Must I be so blunt


And say it,
And vocalize my emotions


Tell you that you look so fine?
Share with you my admiration for your beauty


Do I have to come right out
Is there no other way


And ask you to be mine?
To express my desire to be with you


If it was a game I could play it,
If this were a contest I'd try harder


Trying to make it
Striving to succeed


But I'm losing time
Running out of opportunities


I got to bring you in,
You must be mine


You're overworking my mind.
I can't stop thinking about you


Indecision is crowding me,
I'm uncertain


I have no room to spare
I'm overwhelmed


And I can't believe she cared
I'm surprised you're interested in me


Like a dream she has taken me
I'm entranced by your beauty


And now I don't know where
I'm lost in my own feelings


And a part of me is scared
I'm fearful of rejection


The part of me I shared,
I've been vulnerable before


Once before.
And it didn't end well




Lyrics © Broken Arrow Music, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., WORDS & MUSIC A DIV OF BIG DEAL MUSIC LLC
Written by: NEIL YOUNG

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Capismama

IN my opinion, this song has some of the BEST vocals they ever had.

Victoria Cavaleri

Written by Neil Young.

pink tomato

My favorite song by Buffalo Springfield, sung flawlessly by Richie Furay

Diana Dragun

some of the best stuff out there and hardly anyone knows :)

Cannibal

I've been replaying this stuff for at least 50 years...

Angela M

I grew up on this stuff.......just keep spreading the music......music lovers of all ages "get" that the 60's music changed everything for the future. It's awesome that 50 years later we can play these classics and be inspired again and again. Cheers!

Frank Williamson

I grew up listening to Bluebird, but this is their best song of all.

Wicked Red

Simply the best song EVER ........

Cheri Holmes

I have always loved this song!

DBIRD55

Just love this song. So nostalgic🥰

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