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Don't Tell Me - Avril Lavigne

Don't Tell Me

Under My Skin
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"Don't Tell Me" is the first single of Avril Lavigne's second studio album, Under My Skin, in 2004. The song was written by Avril Lavigne with instruments by Evan Taubenfeld, who featured in the music video for this song, and was produced by Butch Walker. The b-side, "Take Me Away", also made it onto the album as the opener. The song starts with an acoustic pop rock intro, and then gets an alternative rock sound in the chorus. The music video portrays Lavigne's character's telling her boyfriend to leave after he tried to pressure her into going farther sexually than she wanted to. She kicks him out of her apartment, and after he leaves, she throws and breaks a glass cup full of water against the wall and punches a mirror. She then continues to follow him as she sings lines such as "Did you think that I was gonna give it up to you, this time?" and "Don't try to tell me what to do." She follows him down the hall, out the apartment, and onto the streets. During the bridge, she appears in many places at once, and so it is obvious she is on her boyfriend's mind. The video was nominated at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in the category of Best Pop Video. The song appears on Totally Hits 2004 Vol.2. It is also the first music video where Lavigne exposes excessive amount of skin, making it her first contradiction (she had said that she will not wear 'skanky' clothes that seems like selling out, whereas she wants to 'sell music.') The song did moderately well on charts, peaking at number twenty-two in the United States, at number ten in Australia, at number six in Spain, at number five in the UK.


Avril Lavigne (born Avril Ramona Lavigne, September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada), is a Juno award-winning and Grammy-award nominated singer, songwriter. In 2002, Lavigne reached mainstream success after her debut single, Complicated, and her debut album Let Go, gained lots of media attention and honourably earned her reputation of a 'skater punk' persona and 'pop punk princess' when she was only 17 years old. Since her professional debut Show more ...

Don't Tell Me - Avril Lavigne

You held my hand and walked me home I know
While 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

[Chorus:]
Did you think that I was gonna give it up to you, this time?
Did you think that it was somethin I was gonna do and cry?
Don t try to tell me what to do,
Dont try to tell me what to say,
Your 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 thats what I said
Did I not tell you that I m not like that girl, the one who, throws it all away

[Chorus]
Did you think that I was gonna give it up to you, this time?
Did you think that it was somethin I was gonna do and cry?
Don t try to tell me what to do,
Dont try to tell me what to say,
Your better off that way

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]
Did you think that I was gonna give it up to you, this time?
Did you think that it was somethin I was gonna do and cry?
Don t try to tell me what to do,
Dont try to tell me what to say,
Your better off that way

Better off that way
I m better off alone anyway



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