Don't Tell Me That It's Over

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"Don't Tell Me That It's Over"
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Single by Amy Macdonald
from the album A Curious Thing
B-side "Town Called Malice
Young Lovers"
Released 26 February 2010 (DE)[1]
1 March 2010 (UK)
Format Airplay, CD single, download
Recorded 2009
Genre Rock, Alternative Rock
Length 3:20
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Amy Macdonald
Producer(s) Pete Wilkinson
Amy Macdonald singles chronology
"Poison Prince"
"Don't Tell Me That It's Over"
Alternative cover
Alternative cover

"Don't Tell Me That It's Over" is the first single released from Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald's (born 25 August 1987 in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire) second studio album, A Curious Thing, released on 26 February 2010 in Germany and on 1 March 2010 in the United Kingdom.

The song showcased a new musical style for Amy Macdonald, with a much heavier rock and less folk pop influenced sound than previous singles like "Mr. Rock and Roll". It features a distorted electric guitar sound.

Website Digital Spy commented on the song saying: "'Don't Tell Me That It's Over' is a glossier, rockier effort laced with strings that wouldn't shame a stadium-filler from Take That or Coldplay. As ever though, it's Macdonald's knack for a proper pop chorus and that irresistible Gaelic lilt that catch your ear, and her pointed lyrics that hold it. "Tell me what I'm meant to see, why are you preaching at me?" she asks popstars with A Worthy Cause fetish. Oh Bono, are you listening?"[2]


Macdonald began writing songs for her second album in spring 2009, in a brief break from her touring commitments. For the first time she began poring through her old notebooks, looking at song ideas, unlike her debut which consists mainly of songs that she wrote straight away.[3] Many of the tracks were inspired by real-life personalities or events from her daily life. The tracks were recorded at Weller's BlackBarn Studios in Surrey.[4]

Track listing[edit]

German CD single[edit]

CD single (Melodramatic Records / Mercury Records 273 309 1)
No. Title Length
1. "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" (Radio edit) 3:18
2. "A Town Called Malice" (Recorded live (Radio 2 Simon Mayo Session - as part of Radio 2's Great British songbook)) 2:47

European CD single° / iTunes - EP[edit]

CD single (° Melodramatic Records / Mercury Records 273 360 6)
No. Title Length
1. "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" (Radio edit) 3:18
2. "Young Lovers" 3:22
3. "Rock 'n' Roll Star (Acoustic)" (Oasis - Cover Version; recorded @ The Engine Room, London) 2:22
4. "Don't Tell Me That It's Over (videoclip)"  

UK CD single[edit]

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" (Radio edit) 3:16

Music video[edit]

The music video shows Macdonald singing and playing the guitar in a kind of band room. The video also features scenes from nature and city life.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]


  • Mixed By - Bob Clearmountain
  • Producer, Arranged By - Pete Wilkinson
  • Written-By, Vocals, Guitar - Amy Macdonald


  • Backing Vocals - Sarah Erasmus
  • Bass Guitar - Ben Sargeant
  • Cello - Ann Lines
  • Drums - Adam Falkner
  • Electric Guitar - Jolyon Dixon
  • Engineer [Balance] - Jo Miflin
  • Engineer [Mastering] - Dick Beetham
  • Engineer [Pro-tools] - Mo Hausler
  • Executive Producer - Paul Adam
  • Guitar - Mark Kulke
  • Keyboards - Shannon Harris
  • Mixed By - Danton Supple
  • Photography - Nicky Emmerson
  • Producer - Paul Long
  • Producer [Additional], Engineer - Joe Fields
  • Producer, Arranged By, Arranged By [Strings], Arranged By [Keyboards], Arranged By [Piano] - Pete Wilkinson
  • Viola - Peter Lale (tracks: 1), Susan Dench
  • Violin - Chris Tumbling, Jonathan Hill, Laura Melhuish, Leo Payne
  • Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Amy Macdonald
  • Written-By - Amy Macdonald, Paul Weller


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