Better Not Tell Her

"Better Not Tell Her"

CD Single cover
Single by Carly Simon
from the album Have You Seen Me Lately
B-side "Happy Birthday"
Released 1990
Format 7" Single
CD Single
Recorded 1990
Genre Pop
Length 5:13 (Album version)
4:49 (Single version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Carly Simon
Producer(s) Frank Filipetti
Paul Samwell-Smith
Carly Simon singles chronology
"Let the River Run"
"Better Not Tell Her"
"Love of My Life"

"Better Not Tell Her" is a song written and performed by Carly Simon, and produced by Frank Filipetti and Paul Samwell-Smith. The song served as the lead single from Simon's fifteenth studio album, Have You Seen Me Lately.[1]

A salsa-infused track, the song features a Spanish guitar solo by Jay Berliner. The single was a huge Adult Contemporary hit, remaining on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 21 weeks, peaking at #4 and becoming Simon's biggest hit of the entire decade.[2] The second single from the album, "Holding Me Tonight", was also successful on this chart, peaking at #36.[2] Simon released music videos for both singles, and they each received airplay on VH1.

Simon included the hit single on her compilations Clouds in My Coffee (1995), Anthology (2002), and Reflections (2004). It was further included on the Global/Warner Bros. import The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better, released in the U.K. in 1999,[3] and 2014's Playlist: The Very Best of Carly Simon.

Formats and track listings

7" single[4]


Chart (1990) Peak
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4

Music video

Simon filmed a sensual music video for the track, which was shot on a beach on Martha's Vineyard. The video alternates between clips of Simon on the beachfront in the day, during the evening in the same sitting, and at night with a roaring bonfire while she and company dance around and play guitars.[5]


  1. Dustin Fitzharris (16 December 2015). "Carly Simon: Still 'Living Like a Flower While the Boys Grow in the Trees.' The Singer Opens Up About Life, Love and Music". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2015-04-29.
  3. "Carly Simon Official Website - Better Not Tell Her lyrics". Archived from the original on April 4, 2005. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  4. "Better Not Tell Her 7" single". Retrieved 2015-01-09.
  5. "Carly Simon - Better Not Tell Her". YouTube. Retrieved April 29, 2014.

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