Don't Tell Me
Lyrics Avril Lavigne

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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
Guys are so hard to trust

Did I not tell you that I'm not like that girl?
The one who gives it all away, yeah

[Chorus:]
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 try to tell me what to do,
Don't try to tell me what to say,
You're better off that way

Don't think that your charm and the fact that your arm is now around my neck
Will get you in my pants I'll have to kick your ass and make you never forget
I'm gonna ask you to stop, thought I liked you a lot, but I'm really upset
Get out of my head get off of my bed yeah that's what I said

Did I not tell you that I'm not like that girl, the one who, throws it all away

[Chorus]

This guilt trip that you put me on won't, mess me up I've done no wrong
Any thoughts of you and me have gone away

[Chorus]

Better off that way
I'm better off alone anyway

Song facts

"Don't Tell Me" is a song by Canadian recording artist Avril Lavigne. It is the first single from her sophomore studio album, Under My Skin. "Don't Tell Me" was written by Avril Lavigne and Evan Taubenfeld. The track was produced by Butch Walker.

Lavigne explains what the song is about: "It's about being strong. There are a lot of guys out there who just want to take you out to dinner and then, like basically go home and 'unhh' you. That's what a lot of guys are like and I just think girls need to be strong and not let any guy pressure them into doing anything."

In a review of the album Under My Skin, David Browne of Entertainment Weekly said "Lavigne herself sounds more burdened; ... the sk8erboi of the first album has turned out to be a selfish, nasty creep who leaves when she won't go to bed with him" in reference to Don't Tell Me. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic highlighted the song as a 'track pick' in a review of the album, Under My Skin.

In an AOL Radio listener's poll, "Don't Tell Me" was voted Lavigne's ninth best song.

The music video for "Don't Tell Me" was directed by Liz Friedlander and filmed at Los-Angeles, California in March 2004. The video was nominated for Best Pop Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

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