DON'T TELL ME
(Buddy Pepper (m & l) 1947)
Eileen Wilson (dubbing for Ava Gardner)
From the 1947 movie 'The Hucksters'
(based on Frederic Wakeman Sr.'s national best-selling novel)
Director: Jack Conway
Leads: Clark Gable / Deborah Kerr (her American debut) / Ava Gardner / Sydney
Notes: Eileen Wilson was called in to replace Ava Gardner's version of this song
on the film' soundtrack, even though already completed. It was her first dubbing
job and she had many more after this (for Susan Hayward, Sherry North, Barbara
Bel Geddes, Jayne Mansfield, Rosalind Russell, Marilyn Monroe and others). She
is perhaps most famous for her work in 'One Touch of Venus' (replacing Ava's
voice)..the song was the well known 'Speak Low'. (see elsewhere in this ILP
database for the lyrics.) She eventually went on to become one of the original
stars of the early 50s US TV show 'Your Hit Parade'.
Why do we talk with our eyes as we sit across the table
And why do we walk arm in arm whenever we are able
Feet on the ground, 'round, spinning 'round
Please tell me why my happy heart keeps repeating that it's so.
No, don't tell me, don't say you're mine
Don't tell me, it's just a lie
Why whisper words I have never known
Or speak your heart whenever we're alone.
No, don't tell me, it isn't fair
For I'm foolish, I'll start to care
Why are angels singing high above
Oh, don't tell me I'm in love.
(Transcribed by David Story - September 2013)