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Meaning Behind Crazy Horse Song “I Don’t Want to Talk About It”

Crazy Horse + I Don't Want to Talk About It

In 1971, known American country rock band Crazy Horse released “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” as part of their debut album of the same name. 

The band consists of four members: Danny Whitten, Nils Lofgren, Ry Cooder, and Billy Talbot. Before their debut, the group played alongside famous artists of the 1960s, like Neil Young

During those times, the group established its name, Crazy Horse, but did not produce songs directly under that label. Over the coming years, they eventually decided to release their first eponymous album, which consisted of 11 songs in total. 

Among the long list of rockabilly songs in their album, “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” seemingly got the listeners’ attention the most. Accompanied by its mellow tune and the group’s gentle voices, the song’s meaning is greatly emphasized, causing fans to connect with the song in ways they never thought possible. 

In 1979, it became a top-fifty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. In the United Kingdom, it topped the UK Singles Chart as a double A-side with “The First Cut Is the Deepest” in 1977.

So, if you are interested in the meaning behind Crazy Horse’s song “I Don’t Want To Talk About It,” let’s dive right into it. 

Meaning Behind the Song 

Written by the band’s lead vocalist Danny Whitten, the song is a simple ballad about a heartbroken man who doesn’t want to talk about his pain but is simply asking his lover to listen to his sentiments. 

This song became such a hit that even singers like Rod Stewart decided to release their covers of it. Stewart’s version, in particular, landed the no. 1 spot on the UK Singles (OCC) and no. 2 on the New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) charts, making it one of his greatest hits. 

Although the original version enjoyed modest sales, it was still deemed as one of the “unexaggerably lovely ballads” ever to be released. Because of its haunting lyrics and mellow tune, listeners couldn’t ask for more. 

If you are going through something similar and need that little push, listen to Crazy Horse’s hit song “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” below. 

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