Your Secret Love
Luther Vandross Lyrics


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A kiss in the dark
A certain time I can call you
A letter of love
But no name did you sign
Pretending to all
That we were just friends when I saw you
I didn't know that you wanted me to be
I didn't know that you wanted me for your
(You wanted me) To be

Your secret love
Why can't we tell somebody
'Cause secret loves
Never last as long
Your secret love
Will never be your true love
I can't be no secret baby
It's breakin' my heart (heart, heart)

You should've let me know
from the first time baby
That you were not, were not free to love
How could you wait so long
Oh, what a waste of love, baby
I should've known that you wanted me to be
I should've known
That you wanted me for your
(You wanted me) To be

Your secret love
Why can't we tell somebody
'Cause secret loves
Never mean as much
Your secret love
Will never be your true love
I can't be no secret baby
It's breakin' my heart (heart, heart)

I won't be you secret love
'Cause it's just a waste of my love
I'm tellin' you from the start
I won't be the one who gives you love
When your other guy ain't givin' you none

Don't come now, wait for a while
Let's meet at the place downtown
It's a shame it has to be like this
But I really miss you baby

Your secret love
Why can't we tell somebody
'Cause secret loves
Never last as long
Your secret love
Will never be your true love
I can't be your secret baby
You're breakin' my heart
My heart

Your secret love
Why can't we tell somebody
'Cause secret loves
Never last as long
Your secret love




Will never be your true love
I can't be your secret baby

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in Luther Vandross's "Your Secret Love" centers around the theme of a romantic relationship between two people who must keep their love hidden from the public. Vandross describes the intimacy they share as "a kiss in the dark, a certain time I can call you, a letter of love, but no name did you sign." He acknowledges that they have been pretending to be just friends when they see each other in public, but their hearts long for something deeper.


Vandross expresses his frustration about the situation. He wants to be with his lover openly and without restrictions, but his partner seems content with keeping their relationship a secret. He urges his lover to let the world know about their love, saying, "Your secret love, why can't we tell somebody? 'Cause secret loves never last as long. Your secret love will never be your true love." Vandross makes it clear that he cannot continue to be his lover's secret and that it is breaking his heart.


The song is emotionally charged and beautifully performed, making it a classic in the R&B genre. It touches on the relatable theme of wanting to be loved out in the open, without the need for secrecy. The lyrics and melody combine to create a heartfelt and memorable tune.


Line by Line Meaning

A kiss in the dark
We have been intimate in secret


A certain time I can call you
We can only communicate at specific times because you're hiding our relationship


A letter of love
You've expressed your feelings for me through a written message


But no name did you sign
You didn't leave any indication of your identity, further reinforcing the need for secrecy


Pretending to all
In public, we pretend to just be friends


That we were just friends when I saw you
When we're in the presence of others, we act as if we're only acquaintances


I didn't know that you wanted me to be
I was unaware that you wanted our relationship to be public


I didn't know that you wanted me for your
I was unaware that you wanted me to be exclusively yours


Your secret love
Our relationship is hidden from those around us


Why can't we tell somebody
I'm questioning the need for secrecy


'Cause secret loves
Relationships that are kept hidden


Never last as long
They don't tend to endure


Will never be your true love
Our relationship will never be real or genuine


I can't be no secret baby
I refuse to continue being hidden away like a secret


It's breakin' my heart (heart, heart)
The secrecy is causing me emotional pain and distress


You should've let me know
You should have told me about your limitations from the start


From the first time baby
From the moment we started seeing each other


That you were not, were not free to love
That you were committed to someone else


How could you wait so long
You should have been honest with me sooner


Oh, what a waste of love, baby
Our love was in vain because of your deception


I should've known that you wanted me to be
I should have realized that you wanted us to be together openly


I should've known
I regret being naive


To be
Together as a couple


I won't be you secret love
I refuse to continue being your hidden lover


'Cause it's just a waste of my love
This relationship is useless and unfulfilling


I'm tellin' you from the start
I'm making my stance clear from the beginning


I won't be the one who gives you love
I won't be your lover anymore


When your other guy ain't givin' you none
When your previous lover doesn't satisfy you


Don't come now, wait for a while
Wait for an opportune time to reach out to me


Let's meet at the place downtown
Let's have a private meeting at a public location


It's a shame it has to be like this
Our lack of openness is unfortunate


But I really miss you baby
I still have feelings for you


Never last as long
Hidden relationships don't usually endure


I can't be your secret baby
Being hidden away as a secret is unacceptable to me


You're breakin' my heart
The secrecy of our relationship is causing me emotional pain and distress


My heart
My emotional well-being




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: LUTHER VANDROSS, REED PHILIP VERTELNEY

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A kiss in the dark
A certain time I can call you
A letter of love
But no name did you sign
Pretending to all
That we were just friends when I saw you
I didn't know that you wanted me to be
I didn't know that you wanted me for your
(You wanted me) To be

Your secret love
Why can't we tell somebody
'Cause secret loves
Never last as long
Your secret love
Will never be your true love
I can't be no secret baby
It's breakin' my heart (heart, heart)

You should've let me know
from the first time baby
That you were not, were not free to love
How could you wait so long
Oh, what a waste of love, baby
I should've known that you wanted me to be
I should've known
That you wanted me for your
(You wanted me) To be

Your secret love
Why can't we tell somebody
'Cause secret loves
Never mean as much
Your secret love
Will never be your true love
I can't be no secret baby
It's breakin' my heart (heart, heart)

I won't be you secret love
'Cause it's just a waste of my love
I'm tellin' you from the start
I won't be the one who gives you love
When your other guy ain't givin' you none

Don't come now, wait for a while
Let's meet at the place downtown
It's a shame it has to be like this
But I really miss you baby

Your secret love
Why can't we tell somebody
'Cause secret loves
Never last as long
Your secret love
Will never be your true love
I can't be your secret baby
You're breakin' my heart
My heart

Your secret love
Why can't we tell somebody
'Cause secret loves
Never last as long
Your secret love
Will never be your true love
I can't be your secret baby



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