Song of the Day #4,325: ‘You Don’t Wanna Hear It’ – Ron Sexsmith

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith quietly released his 17th studio album, titled Hermitage, in mid-April. He’s not exactly an artist who pairs up an album release with multiple talk show appearances and a stadium tour, so he probably didn’t think about postponing the record due to coronavirus.

His timing turns out to be pretty good, though, because Hermitage is a very upbeat, positive, sunny record. Sexsmith often leans toward the melancholy, but he’s equally adept at spinning out feather-light tunes with sugar-sweet melodies, and he’s in that mode here.

I occasionally give Sexsmith grief because his albums are so similar. Honestly, you could mix-and-match the songs on all 17 albums and not be able to tell which was out of place.

But as much as that’s an indictment of his disinterest in exploring new musical genres, it’s also a tribute to his extraordinary consistency. Because the other thing you wouldn’t do listening to all those songs out of order is come across a bad one.

You don’t wanna hear it though it’s
Coming in the spirit of love
You don’t wanna hear it now
It’s just like you to be that way
It’s just like you to say you heard enough
Your heart just won’t go near it now, woah

While you’re not listening
You’re missing out on something real
And if that’s how you feel
Don’t say I never told you so
The days are getting colder
You know, you don’t wanna hear it now

Say you’ve got a wounded heart
Not dealing is the easy part, so you don’t
You don’t wanna listen now
Music is a olive branch
It’s a message in an olive branch, but you won’t
Won’t know what you missing now, oh

While you’re pretending
The end inspecting your own house
But that’s how you are
Don’t wanna be a falling oak, I
Don’t say I never warned you, I tried
You don’t wanna hear it now
You don’t wanna hear it now
You don’t wanna hear it now

While you’re not listening
You missing out on something real
But if that’s how you feel
You don’t wanna hear it though
It’s coming in the spirit of love
You don’t wanna hear it now
It’s coming in the spirit of love
You don’t wanna hear it now

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,325: ‘You Don’t Wanna Hear It’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    As with all the Sexsmith songs I have heard, this one is pleasant but not all that memorable. Has a bit of a 70’s vibe. Wonder if that holds true for the rest of the album. Well, “wonder” may be too strong a word. Let’s go with “mildly curious.”

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