“Don’t Explain” was written by jazz singer Billie Holiday and songwriter Arthur Herzog, Jr. who also collaborated with her on “God Bless the Child” and “Somebody’s on My Mind.” The lyric is purported to have been inspired by a real life incident. Holiday married Jimmy Monroe in 1941, and one night he came home with lipstick on his collar. When he started to defend himself, Billie cut him off. Either she accepted his infidelity and didn’t want him to leave her or, according to some accounts, their marriage was unofficially ended at the time. According to her own recollections, the phrase “don’t explain” kept running through her head, and one night she sat down with Herzog and together they finished the song.
Hush now, don't explain Just say you'll remain I'm glad your back, don't explain
Quiet, don't explain What is there to gain Skip that lipstick Don't explain
You know that I love you And that love endures All my thoughts are of you For I'm so completely yours
Cry to hear folks chatter And I know you cheat Right or 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