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Song Released: 2005


Dirty Little Secret Lyrics

Let me know that I've done wrong
When I've known this all along
I go around a time or two
Just to waste my time with you

Tell me all that you've thrown away
Find out games you don't wanna play
You are the only one that needs to...

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    DaGitt
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    Feb 4th, 2006 2:33pm report


    I guess this song could be perceived in different ways, because when I heard the song by itself, I thought I knew what it meant. But when I watched the video (with all the people holding up cards with their "secrets"), I realized it was more literal than it was figurative, if that was the way writers Tyson and Nick wanted the song to be interpreted.

    In general, this song is all about the title: his dirty little secret. Which is, if you look at the lyrics, his not really liking his girlfriend at all, but he's probably too afraid/lazy to tell her.


    Lyric pullouts:

    1. "When I've known this all along. I'll go around a time or two, just to waste my time with you"
    1. He's known he's felt that way for a long time. He's just not taking any action, and instead keeping it secret. Going around a time or two explains when he's riding in his car with his girlfriend--he's saying, 'oh, I'll just drive by the same places we already did, just so you think we're still hanging out just like the old days--even though, for real, I'm just wasting my time. I don't like you anymore.'

    2. "I'll keep you, my dirty little secret. Don't tell anyone, or you'll be just another regret. Who has to know?"
    2. Proof that his only intention is to keep it to himself, or all will come to disaster. Besides, 'who has to know'?

    3. "These thoughts I can't deny...and now I have to lie...it's eating me apart...trace this life out"
    3. The secret's apparently so dirty even he's having a hard time to handle it, and he's having to tell all these lies to cover up the truth. Because he's too afraid of the consequences.

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    The above is just a theory. Again, the song could probably be perceived in a few more ways. It depends on how you interpret the lyrics. ;)



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    anonymous
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    Dec 19th, 2005 12:56pm report


    So umm, I don't know if the other persons interpretation was right or what cause it kinda sounds like they got that informations some where. I don't know?
    Anyways I always thought the song meant that some girl was his "dirty little secret" but he didn't want anyone to know about her because then it wouldn't be fun anymore. ("just another regret")
    Meh, I don't know.
    ~Catherine



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    anonymous
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    Dec 19th, 2005 12:58pm report


    This song is obviously about a guy whos with a girl but he doesn't want anyone to know (I'll keep you my dirty little secret) and he wants her to keep a secret too (don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret).



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    anonymous
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    Nov 16th, 2012 11:33pm report


    I believe that this song could be about the fact that everyone, who we take at face value, has a secret, and that it is theirs to keep. They may worry about what others may think of them if they knew, and so they hide it. The song may be coming from the point of view that the singer likes this person who others may judge them for liking (not necessarily popular, but maybe "lower class"). The song may be speaking out against such judgements, that we ARE all different, in many different ways. (I don't know, just my interpretation.) :)



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    anonymous
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    Sep 26th, 2012 9:48pm report


    i understand from the lyrics he is either having 'fun' sexually orientated fun on his side although she may not believe the same... he just wants somebody to mess about with and have 'his dirty little secret' whereas she wants something more 'i hope that you can keep it MY dirty little secret' he is trying to plead with her to keep it quiet 'dont tell anyone or you'll be just another regret' he knows its a guilty pleasure 'just to waste my time with you' but he cant let it go 'i'll keep you my dirty little secret' obviously scared of commitment and and he's been hurt and having occasional flings is what he has resorted too 'when we live such fragile lives its the best way we survive'.... so basically i could be wrong as it can be interpreted differently but i believe its meaning is; he is fucking a girl in quiet as his guilty pleasure and wants it to stay as a fling but maybe this girl has a boyfriend or he a girlfriend and he cant keep it up much longer because it isnt what he really wants its his dirty little secret, very literally and matter of fact to the lyrics but i see no deeper meaning.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 6th, 2012 8:56pm report


    This song is about the lead singers addiction to drugs. The drugs being his "secret" that he's wasting his time with. Probably weed because it is usually refered to as a "female".



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    anonymous
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    Jul 24th, 2012 7:17pm report


    Let me know that I've done wrong
    When I've known this all along

    Translation: He knows his cheating is wrong, there's no need to point it out further. Although cheaters usually understand it's incorrect behavior, they prefer not to dwell on the thought. It prevents the purpose of the cheating in the first place, enjoyment without the annoyance of thoughts and burdens.

    I go around a time or two
    Just to waste my time with you

    Translation: I enjoy our hang out too much to let it end so soon. E.g. Extending a trip to the store or coming home late from work, just generally dragging out the time.


    Tell me all that you've thrown away
    Find out games you don't wanna play
    You are the only one that needs to know

    Translation: Open up to me, just as I've opened up to you by partaking in this secret love affair. Were already sharing a huge secret why not share the smaller ones as well? But we'll keep this between you and I.

    I'll keep you my dirty little secret
    (Dirty little secret)
    Don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret
    (Just another regret, hope that you can keep it)
    My dirty little secret

    Translation: It's pretty obvious here, cheating IS a dirty secret after all. But secrets get around when told, and if anyone finds out he'll just have another, most likely larger, heap of problems, and regret ever doing it.

    Who has to know
    When we live such fragile lives
    It's the best way we survive

    Translation: Every can be a bit touchy and over-emotional. Make things seem bigger than they are, so by keeping this a secret it makes things easier for the both of us. No one really NEEDS to know what goes on between us, but US. Its OUR business. That's what I think he's emphasizing by "who has to know".

    I go around a time or two
    Just to waste my time with you

    Translation: Previously explained.

    Tell me all that you've thrown away
    Find out games you don't wanna play
    You are the only one that needs to know

    I'll keep you my dirty little secret
    (Dirty little secret)
    Don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret
    (Just another regret, hope that you can keep it)
    My dirty little secret

    Translation: Explained previously.

    Who has to know
    The way she feels inside (inside)

    Translation: This could be quite literal, since he shouldn't in fact know how she feels 'inside'. This could also be emotional. She may have feelings for him etc. but they still need to be kept between the two of them, they have nothing to prove.

    Those thoughts I can't deny (deny)
    These sleeping dogs won't lie (won't lie)
    And now I've tried to lie
    It’s eating me apart
    Trace this life out

    Translation: Basically all of the emotional torture it's putting him through as well.

    I'll keep you my dirty little secret
    (Dirty little secret)
    Don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret
    (Just another regret)

    I'll keep you my dirty little secret
    (Dirty little secret)
    Don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret
    (Just another regret, hope that you can keep it)
    My dirty little secret
    Dirty little secret
    Dirty little secret

    Who has to know
    Who has to know

    Translation: All previously explained.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 14th, 2012 3:42pm report


    What i think of this great song is he/or she has someone already.. but found another person he couldnt help liking, which ends up to an affair. Over n over.. ends up being a definitely dirty lil secret! And he/she doesnt want anyone to knoe that aabout them too or theyll both regret it.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 5th, 2012 3:45pm report


    I sang this to my secret girl friend thinking it just meant, "Oh, your my secret and don't tell anyone." She felt great that I cared so much that she never told anyone and we kept the anonymity to a high level. We are still together today. But now I see this observation of the song thinking "CRAP I SUNG THIS TO MY G-F PLEASE GOD LET HER NOT READ THIS ARTICLE"



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    anonymous
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    Mar 2nd, 2012 3:32pm report


    i think this song is about a friends with benefits thing. a guy and a girl are in a "no strings attached" relationship and want to keep it that way and not have any regrets or influences/opinions from the people not involved.



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    jamesmcavoy
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    Dec 18th, 2011 12:44am report


    The song is about how we all have a dirty secret you can make everybody think that you are perfect in every way but deep down you have a secret that you want nobody to know.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 17th, 2011 10:24pm report


    He is cheating on his girlfriend. example: don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret. Also he says: "I'll keep YOU my dirty little secret. He is starting to get mad with all of these lies that he keeps telling the first girlfriend, and is mad that his life is getting so complicated so he says:It’s eating me apart Trace this life out.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 10th, 2011 8:46pm report


    I think this song is about this guy liking this girl that dosent like him back. So he has all of these ideas about her. (my dirty little secrect) And he hangs out with her alot. (just to waste my time with you) because he has fealing for her but just cant say anything, its eating him up, but he cant tell anbody.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 10th, 2011 8:45pm report


    I think this song is about this guy liking this girl that dosent like him back. So he has all of these ideas about her. (my dirty little secrect) And he hangs out with her alot. (just to waste my time with you) because he has fealing for her but just cant say anything, its eating him up, but he cant tell anbody.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 2nd, 2011 7:31am report


    jesus its about gay sex think about it dirty little secret ty, wrote it so think about it ty has a dirty little secret, i dont know any guy who went tell about their time with a girl but a time with a guy i wouldnt even tell that and ive had sex with a guy so come on be smart about this people.



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    anonymous
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    May 26th, 2011 5:06pm report


    he's saying his dirty little secret is his demon he's facing. we all have our demons in life whether it be everyday things or friends. but in my point of view it translates how people can go through life being pushed around. and they keep that thing a secret.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 18th, 2011 4:46pm report


    The impression I always got--and this could be completely wrong--was that the singer of the song had had a previous relationship derailed by outside interference. Now he's in a new relationship and he's doing everything he can to keep it under wraps, for fear that if it comes out she'll be just another regret. Hence the line about "who has to know?" Answer: no one but them.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 4th, 2011 2:12am report


    I was told by someone that its about a guy sleeping with a ugly girl.. he doesn't care about her.. she just serves a purpose .. I hope this isn't truely what the song is about cause I like it ...



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