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Avril Lavigne: Don't Tell Me Meaning


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Song Released: 2004

Don't Tell Me Lyrics

You held my hand and walked me home, I know
Why you gave me that kiss it was something like this it made me go ooh ohh
You wiped my tears, got rid of all my fears, why did you have to go?
Guess it wasn't enough to take up some of my love

  1. anonymous
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    Jan 28th report

    At first it just seemed like a girl telling a dude to get lost- she's not having sex with him. But, after watching the video again years later, for a moment it almost seemed to have a darker meaning. In the video she's sitting on her bed in silence until the guy leaves, then she's smashing everything in the room clearly enraged, afterwards she's following the guy around and basically haunting him causing him paranoia. The lyrics saying

    "Don't think that your charm
    And the fact that your arm
    Is now around my neck"

    "I'm gonna ask you to stop
    Thought I liked you a lot"

    "This guilt trip that you put me on won't mess me up
    I've done no wrong "

    "Did you think that I was gonna give it up to you this time?
    Did you think that it was something I was gonna do and cry?"

    Don't get me wrong I'm not trying to say the song is in fact eluding to something darker- from my understanding of what Avril herself has said- it's not.It's just watching it years later made me look at it in a different way.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 19th 2020 report

    I m not really a fan of avril lavigne but when I first saw the video of this song back in late 04 or 05 my first instinct was the main female character is trying to tell this dude I m not gonna have sex with you by saying did i not tell you i m not like that girl who gives it all away? That was my first interpretation and although it is just a video it is a real life experience women go through. They are often pressured by creeps and they have to be strong and defend themselves
    Otherwise it is a very well written song and should teach men a lesson about pressuring woman

  3. asterodera
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    Jan 11th 2009 report

    This seems a song where the girl's being pressured into sex, and this girl could possibly still be a virgin who cherishes her virginity.
    This girl has the backbone to stand up to this guy and not giving in to his desires, "any thoughts of you and me have gone away" so she clearly wants out on this relationship following this guy's pressures.

  4. Karebear
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    Nov 29th 2007 report

    She's talking about doing what SHE'S gonna do. She's telling the guy that no matter what, she's not going to have sex with him just because he was "nice" to her and tried to butter her up. She's stronger than that, and she just wanted him to know that.

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 6th 2007 report

    This song is about her not giving in to a boy who is pressuring her for sex. she says, "did I not tell you I'm not like that girl? the one who throws it all away." she's probably saying I'm not like your ex who always gave it to you.

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