Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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Please don't talk about me when I'm gone,
Oh, honey though our friendship ceases, from now on;
And, listen, if you can't say anything real nice,
It's better not to talk at all, is my advice.

We're parting, you go your way I'll go mine,
It's best that we do;
Here's a kiss! I hope that this brings lots of luck to you.





Makes no difference how I carry on,
Remember, please don't talk about me when I'm gone.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Frank Sinatra's "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" are a plea from the singer of the song to his love interest and friend. The title sets the frame for the content of the song. The singer is asking his lover not to speak of him once he's gone, as he moves on in his life. He acknowledges that their relationship is at an end, but he still cares for her and wants her to have the best of luck in the world. He implores her to avoid speaking negatively of him and if she can't say anything nice, to say nothing at all. The singer is gracefully walking away from their relationship and wishes the same kind behavior in return, despite their parting ways.


The song can be viewed as a plea for decency and respect in relationships overall. It’s an adult and mature view at the end of a once-clear connection. The singer doesn't want to leave behind a mess of gossip and negativity, but wants to take with him wholesome memories. The theme could relate to any form of relationship and is a reminder that kindness should be extended in the wake of any separation.


Line by Line Meaning

Please don't talk about me when I'm gone,
Please refrain from speaking of me when I am not present


Oh, honey though our friendship ceases, from now on;
Although our friendship has ended, let's not speak ill of each other


And, listen, if you can't say anything real nice,
And if you cannot speak kindly of me,


It's better not to talk at all, is my advice.
It is better to remain silent, in my opinion.


We're parting, you go your way I'll go mine,
We are going our separate ways,


It's best that we do;
It is the best course of action.


Here's a kiss! I hope that this brings lots of luck to you.
Here is a parting gesture of luck and goodwill.


Makes no difference how I carry on,
Regardless of how I am doing,


Remember, please don't talk about me when I'm gone.
Please keep me out of your conversations when I am not around.




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Written by: Bee Palmer, Sidney Clare, Sam Stept

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Mike


on The Lady Is A Champ

eight

She gets too hungry for dinner at eight
She can't eat late and stay up all night, because unlike society types, she has to get up in the morning.

She likes the theatre and never comes late
She cares more about seeing the play than being seen making an entrance.

She never bothers with people she'd hate
Her friends are friends, not social trophies.

Doesn't like crap games with barons or earls
While barrns and earls probably don't play craps, she associates with friends, not people to be seen with.

Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
She doesn't "slum", the practice of the rich in the 30's, when the song was written, of touring poor neighborhoods dressed in rich clothes to "tut, tut" about the deplorable conditions, and congratulate each other for "caring about the poor"

Won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls
Doesn't trade gossip for acceptance among an in-crowd


She likes the free, fresh wind in her hair
She cares more about how her hair feels than conforming with current hair fashions

Hates California, it's cold and it's damp
Since most of California is noticeably warmer and / or drier than New York, where the play the song was written for is set, this is probably a facetious excuse to like what she likes.


And she won't go to Harlem in Lincoln's or Ford's
Another reference to slumming, but facetious, since Lincolns and Fords were middle-class, not luxury brands when the lyric was written

Anonymous


on Try a Little Tenderness

Here are the correct lyrics

Try A Little Tenderness - Frank Sinatra - Lyrics

Oh she may be weary
Women do get wearied
Wearing that same old shabby dress
And when she’s weary
You try a little tenderness

You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating things she’ll may never possess
While she is without them
Try just a little bit of tenderness

It’s not just sentimental
She has her grieve and her care
And the words that soft and gentle
Makes it easier to bear
You wont regret it
Women don't forget it
Love is their whole happiness
And it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness

Musical Interlude

And, it’s all so easy
Try a little tenderness

Daniel


on The Way You Look Tonight

I met Frank Jr. in Las Vegas, a real gentleman. RIP you both.

Giorgi Khutashvili


on Theme from New York, New York

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