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It is said Billie wrote "Don't Explain" after her husband, Jimmy Monroe, came home one night with lipstick traces on his collar.

Lyrics from "Don't Explain" was sung by Carlo Marx (portrayed by actor Tom Sturridge) in the 2012 film adaptation by Walter Salles of the novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.


Hush now, dont explain
Just say, you'll remain
I'm glad you're back
Don't explain

Quiet, don't explain
You mix with some name
Skip that lipstick
Don't explain

You know that I love you
And what love endures
Nothing rates above you
When I'm so completely yours

Cry to hear folks chatter
And I know you cheat
Right and wrong, don't matter
When you're with me, sweet

Hush now, don't explain
You're my joy and pain
My life's yours, love
Don't explain


from Everytime We Say Goodbye, released March 15, 2012
Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog jr.
George Mesterhazy, paino
Lisa Lindsley, vocals
Fred Randolf, bass



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Lisa Lindsley Paris, France

Sultry chanteuse Lisa Lindsley, sings on stages from Paris-San Francisco, sings timeless standards from the 20′s-40’s. She's been described as a glass of Champagne, cool, refreshing and mildly intoxicating.

“The mood is intimate…Lindsley’s simple delivery is delicate and unaffected.” John Ephland- Downbeat, March 2012 issue (3 stars)
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