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15 Intriguing Songs About Secrets and Keeping Secrets


Everyone in this world has a secret. There are some secrets that we’re dying to share, while there are some secrets we want to take to the grave.

If your heart is heavy with the burden of a secret, then these songs might help ease the burden or help you deal with having a secret to keep.

OneRepublic – Secrets

Let’s start off this list with a song about wanting to get all those secrets off your chest. Sometimes we just want to lighten the burden we’re holding inside by just letting it all out. In this song, the protagonist does just that while also commenting on how much better it would be for people to just be honest with each other.

Secretive lyrics: Tell me what you want to hear

Something that are like those years

Sick of all the insincere

I’m gonna give all my secrets away

This time, don’t need another perfect lie

Don’t care if critics never jump in line

I’m gonna give all my secrets away


Mary Lambert – Secrets

As with OneRepublic’s Secrets, Mary Lambert’s song is about freeing yourself from the burden of keeping a secret. In this song, she divulges all the things that are imperfect about her such as having bipolar disorder and being overweight. These are the issues that often weigh people down, and in this song, she empowers listeners by owning the things that people think are “wrong” with her.

Secretive lyrics: They tell us from the time we’re young

To hide the things that we don’t like about ourselves

Inside ourselves

I know I’m not the only one

Who spent so long attempting to be someone else

Well I’m over it


The All-American Rejects – Dirty Little Secret

Even The All-American Rejects are tired of keeping secrets! Dirty Little Secret is about being sick and tired of keeping it all in and trying so hard to keep secrets from the public. In reality, the big secret that Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler are keeping is the fact that they’re both in long-term and happy relationships with their girlfriends. It might not be a dramatic enough situation to write songs about, but they prefer to just tell other stories in their songs instead.

Secretive lyrics: I’ll keep you my dirty little secret

(Dirty little secret)

Don’t tell anyone, or you’ll be just another regret

(Just another regret, hope that you can keep it)

My dirty little secret


Alicia Keys – Diary

Secrets is a song about a woman who wants to be her lover’s diary. She lives far away from him, but she asks him to call her whenever he needs someone to talk to. This is her way of trying to earn his trust, as she promises that his secrets are safe with her.

Secretive lyrics: Lay your head on my pillow

Here you can be yourself

No one has to know what you are feeling

No one but me and you

I won’t tell your secrets

Your secrets are safe with me

I will keep your secrets

Just think of me as the pages in your diary

Passion Pit – Little Secrets

The first time you hear this song, you might think it’s a fun happy tune to sing along to. But the secret here is that the lyrics are actually about the dark, depressing world of drug abuse. And in a way, it’s a two-fold secret because the song is all about using drugs to help with depression and trying to keep it a secret from other.

Secretive lyrics: Let this be our little secret

No one needs to know were feeling

Higher and higher and higher

Higher and higher and higher


The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep

We can be our own worst traitors when we suddenly divulge our biggest secrets while sleep talking. In this song, the protagonist only gets to hear words of affection from his lover when she’s fast asleep. Although words spoken in dreams might not reflect reality, it can give the singer hope that their love is actually mutual.

Secretive lyrics: You tell me that you want me

You tell me that you need me

You tell me that you love me

And I know that I’m right

Cuz I hear it in the night

I hear the secrets that you keep

When you’re talking in your sleep


Usher – Confessions Part II

We’ve chosen Part II for this list because while the first part was about a one-night stand, the secret in this second song is much harder to keep. In this song, Usher admits to his girlfriend that the woman he cheated with in the first song is now pregnant. Despite what he’s done, he’s still hoping that his girlfriend will give him another chance.

Secretive lyrics: These are my confessions

Just when I thought I said all I can say

My chick on the side said she got one on the way

These are my confessions

Man I’m throwed and I don’t know what to do

I guess I gotta give you part two of my confessions

If I’m gonna tell it then I gotta tell it all

Damn near cried when I got that phone call

I’m so throwed and I don’t know what to do

But to give you part two of my confessions


Anberlin – A Day Late

After Usher’s hard-hitting confession, let’s lighten things up with this song from Anberlin. A Day Late is about two friends who find out that they’ve been in love with each other throughout all those years they’ve known each other. However, they’re both in relationships, so they opt to just keep it a secret for now.

Secretive lyrics: So let me get this straight

Say now you love me all along?

What makes you hesitate

To tell me in words what you really feel?

I can see it in your eyes you mean all of what you say

I remember so along ago saying I felt the same way


Ray Charles – You Don’t Know Me

This classic Ray Charles song goes the same way as Anberlin’s song about being too late to confess. However, in this case, Ray Charles is currently in love with someone whose feelings are still unknown to him. He observes her and feels elated when she’s around, but he laments the fact that she’s already with some lucky guy.

Secretive lyrics: You give your hand to me

And then you say hello

And I can hardly speak

My heart is beating so

And anyone can tell

You think you know me well

But you don’t know me


Stevie Wonder – Part-Time Lover

Of course, we can’t have a song about secrets without some songs about cheating. Part-Time lover is about a cheating couple and all the things they do to make sure no one finds out about their affair. But karma hits hard when the protagonist learns that his wife also has a part-time lover.

Secretive lyrics: We are undercover passion on the run

Chasing love up against the sun

We are strangers by day, lovers by night

Knowing it’s so wrong, but feeling so right


Johnny Cash – Long Black Veil

Long Black Veil exemplifies one of those secrets that are taken to the grave. In this song, Johnny Cash sings as a man who was about to be executed for a murder. He doesn’t speak up about his whereabouts on that day because he was sleeping with his best friend’s wife. He’s eventually executed, and the woman he was having an affair with would visit him wearing a long black veil.

Secretive lyrics: The judge said, “Son what is your alibi?

If you were somewhere else then you won’t have to die”

I spoke not a word though it meant my life

For I had been in the arms of my best friend’s wife

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Little Mix feat. Jason Derulo – Secret Love Song

Secret Love Song is about a couple whose relationship must be kept a secret because they’re both in relationships with other people. Jason Derulo says that he used his verse to recall an affair with a woman whom he was completely in love with, even though she had a boyfriend.

Secretive lyrics: Why can’t you hold me in the street?

Why can’t I kiss you on the dance floor?

I wish that it could be like that

Why can’t we be like that?

‘Cause I’m yours


Suzanne Vega – Luka

Luka is a song about a frightened boy who is forbidden to talk about the fact that he’s being abused by his parents. Suzanne Vega explained that the song was inspired by seeing a young boy named Luka who was different from his group of friends. He seemed a little distant from the other kids. She says that the real Luka probably wasn’t an abused child, but it definitely inspired her to think of a story.

Secretive lyrics: If you hear something late at night

Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight

Just don’t ask me what it was

Just don’t ask me what it was

Just don’t ask me what it was


Billy Currington – People Are Crazy

This country song is about a man who runs into an older gentleman at a bar. They get to talking about all sorts of things including the old man’s experiences with the war, marriages, and divorces. They part ways and the bar closes, never to see each other again. But then one day, the younger man sees the old man’s face on the obituary saying he’s a millionaire. It turns out that the old man skipped on giving his family his money, and instead gave it all to the young man he met at the bar.

Secretive lyrics: Last call its two a.m., I said goodbye to him

I never talked to him again

Then one sunny day, I saw the old man’s face

Front page obituary, he was a millionaire

He left his fortune to some guy he barely knew, his kids were mad as hell

But me, I’m doing well

And I drop by today, to just say thanks and pray,

And I left a six-pack right there on his grave and I said;

‘God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy”


The Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone

Let’s cap off this list with a Motown track about family secrets. In the song, the protagonist’s father has just passed away. All the protagonist heard about his father were bad things, so he starts to investigate. It turns out that all the bad talk about his father was correct – from being a stealing preacher to having kids on the outside. So the big secret is that all the bad things people said about his father were true.

Secretive lyrics: It was the third of September

That day I’ll always remember, yes I will

‘Cause that was the day that my daddy died

I never got a chance to see him

Never heard nothin’ but bad things about him

Momma I’m depending on you to tell me the truth


Did these songs strengthen your resolve to keep a secret or did they help you come to the conclusion that your secrets must be shared with someone you can trust?


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