Better Not Tell Her

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"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
Rock
Length 5:21 (Album version)
4:41 (Single version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Carly Simon
Producer(s) Frank Filipetti
Paul Samwell-Smith
Carly Simon singles chronology
"Let the River Run"
(1989)
"Better Not Tell Her"
(1990)
"Holding Me Tonight"
(1990)

"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.

A salsa-infused track, the single features a Spanish guitar solo by Jay Berliner.[1] The single was a huge Adult contemporary hit, peaking at #4 on Billboard's AC chart, and remained on the chart for 21 weeks, 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. Simon released music videos for both singles, and they each received airplay on VH1.

Simon included the hit single on her complications 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]

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single
  • "Better Not Tell Her" – 4:40
  • "Happy Birthday" – 4:54
CD single
  • "Better Not Tell Her" – 4:40

Music video[edit]

Simon filmed a sensual music video for the track, which was shot on a beach on Martha's Vineyard.[4] 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]

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