Do You Want to Know a Secret
The Beatles Lyrics


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You'll never know how much I really love you
You'll never know how much I really care

Listen, do you want to know a secret?
Do you promise not to tell?
Whoa-oh-oh, closer
Let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you, ooh

Listen (doo da do), do you want to know a secret? (doo da do)
Do you promise not to tell? (doo da do)
Whoa-oh-oh, closer (doo da do)
Let me whisper in your ear (doo da do)
Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you, ooh

I've known a secret for a week or two
Nobody knows, just we two

Listen (doo da do), do you want to know a secret? (doo da do)
Do you promise not to tell? (doo da do)
Whoa-oh-oh, closer (doo da do)
Let me whisper in your ear (doo da do)




Say the words you long to hear
I'm in love with you, ooh, ooh, ooh

Overall Meaning

The Beatles' "Do You Want to Know a Secret" is a love song that tells the story of someone who is in love with another person but cannot express their feelings openly. The first two lines of the song set the tone for the theme of the song, which is one of unrequited love. The singer is conveying their deep love and care for someone, but they believe that these feelings are not reciprocated. They are holding onto a secret that nobody knows except for the two of them.


The chorus of the song includes the question "Listen, do you want to know a secret?", which is an invitation to the listener to hear what the singer has been keeping to themselves. The singer asks the listener to promise not to tell anyone what they are about to say, indicating that the secret is something that is meant to be kept private. The verse that follows reveals the secret - that the singer is in love with the listener.


The second verse reveals that the singer has been keeping this secret for a week or two and that nobody else knows about it. The lines "Just we two" add depth to the secrecy of the relationship and suggest that there is more to the story than what meets the eye. Overall, the lyrics of "Do You Want to Know a Secret" convey a sense of longing, secrecy, and unrequited love that is both relatable and emotionally resonant.


Line by Line Meaning

You'll never know how much I really love you
I love you more than you can ever imagine, but you'll never know unless I tell you.


You'll never know how much I really care
My love for you goes beyond words, and my care for you is immeasurable.


Listen, do you want to know a secret?
I have a secret, and I'm offering to tell you only if you want to know.


Do you promise not to tell?
If I share my secret with you, I'm trusting you to keep it to yourself.


Whoa-oh-oh, closer
I want to get closer to you as I share my secret.


Let me whisper in your ear
I'm about to share something intimate with you, so I want to whisper it in your ear.


Say the words you long to hear
I know there are specific words you want to hear, and I'm about to say them.


I'm in love with you, ooh
The secret I've been keeping is that I'm deeply in love with you.


I've known a secret for a week or two
I've been keeping this secret for a while, but now I want to share it with you.


Nobody knows, just we two
This secret is something only we know, and nobody else has any idea.


I'm in love with you, ooh, ooh, ooh
I can't emphasize it enough - I'm truly and completely in love with you.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Lennon, Paul Mccartney

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Philip Kassabian

A fantastic song by The Beatles.

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