Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)

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"Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)"
Single by Andrea Corr
from the album Ten Feet High
Released June 11, 2007 (Digital download)
June 18, 2007
Format CD single
Digital download
Genre Electronica, alternative dance
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Andrea Corr
Producer(s) Nellee Hooper
Andrea Corr singles chronology
"Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)"
Champagne From A Straw

"Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)" is a song written and performed by Andrea Corr for her debut solo album Ten Feet High (2007). It is an anti-war protest song written from the viewpoint of a female whose partner has gone off to war. The song was released as the album's first single in June 2007 to positive reviews from music critics.

Background and writing[edit]

Andrea Corr never intended to compose a song about conscription and war. "Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)" began as a love song, but later progressed into an anti-war song after Corr had read the novel Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, which describes a man's life during World War I.[1] The novel influenced her to evaluate how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have impacted society.[1] Corr has called these wars an "immense waste" because they destroy the "beautiful things in life".[2] Corr was also deeply moved by photographs of young soldiers that had been killed. She has said that these photographs made her think of the "children [the deceased] won't have and the husband or wife they've left behind or won't marry."[1]

"Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)" is an up-tempo pop song about how men and women go off to war leaving behind partners that they will never see again.[3] The song was composed by Corr and produced by Nellee Hooper, who had produced hits for artists such as Gwen Stefani and Madonna. The song is written in the common verse-chorus form and features instrumentation from keyboards and guitars.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

"Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)" received positive reviews from music critics. IndieLondon described the song as a "slick package" that was "polished, well produced and with a message that's difficult to ignore".[3] Losing Today's David Adair gave the song a strong review, writing that Corr's vocals were "crisp and uplifting".[4] Liverpool's Daily Post gave the song a three star rating, commenting that it was "deceptively upbeat" which masked its "heavier message about conscription and war".[5]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Dani Jacobs who worked with Andrea on four of the previous Corrs videos. The ideas in the lyrics about war were expanded for the video. The additional imagery features real documentary pictures of children who have been conscripted as child soldiers in various recent conflicts.


Chart Position
Spain Los 40 principales 20
Irish singles chart 43
UK singles chart[6] 108

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)".

CD Single
(Released June 18, 2007)

  1. "Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)" (Radio edit)
  2. "Shame on You (to Keep My Love from Me)" (Album version)


  1. ^ a b c "Andrea Corr Interview". Retrieved June 21, 2007.
  2. ^ Nick Levine. "Andrea Corr Interview". Digital Spy. June 13, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Singles of the Week (June 18, 2007). June 18, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
  4. ^ David Adair. Single Reviews. Losing Today. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
  5. ^ David Adair. CD Review. Daily Post. June 15, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
  6. ^ The Zobel Website!

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