Possessiveness is so unbecoming and in a loving relationship, so unnecessary, for if both are truly in love, possessiveness is unnecessary and merely a character flaw. And that is why Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” is very likely my favorite torch song.
Losing the one you love is such a lonely ache. The feeling of desperation for what you would consider doing to keep from losing your love is crazy. But this song is that sane plea, that tightrope lie between not wanting to do something crazy and bartering ones own feelings. Dusty Springfield’s voice and melody add meaning to the words. Sadly, she knows that giving up ones happy heart to hold onto someone whose heart has already left causes only a more tortuous heartache. Believe me. (Wow, did Donald Trump just ruin that line in this song? Say it isn’t so!)
PS, it is also my dream karaoke song but it is very hard to do Dusty’s range. RIP, you unique gem.