I'm sorry to say that you don't know me
I'm sad in ways you never understood
Each time I try to tell the ugly truth, you always let it pass you by
You said I 'd never tell you a lie, just because I could
Did you really think I was a bad man?
You always said that, that should be my middle name
But you don't know the half of it, you don't know how that name fits
You don't know my hidden shame
Hidden shame, shame, shame
That I can't get free
From the blame and the torture and the misery
Must it be my secret for eternity?
Till you know my hidden shame you really don't know me
Well, there's a different kind of prison
And it don't even have to look much like a cell
It's already on your mind boy, we can see it in your eyes
So, here's the bars and walls as well
Well, you know I'm never coming home, babe
You said you'd stand by me until I cleared my name
Sure it's easy to be strong when you know the charge is wrong
But the days and weeks get long
When you've got a hidden shame
Hidden shame, shame, shame
That I can't get free
From the blame and the torture and the misery
Must it be my secret for eternity?
Till you know my hidden shame you really don't know me
I had a friend when I was just a boy
We were like brothers, we would run and hide
And we went walking on a high hillside
And I really don't know how it happened
He turned to me and had this strange look in his eye
And not a single word was spoken
I must have pushed him, but I don't remember why?
And all at once, he lay there broken
And I walked down without him and I didn't even sigh
Hidden shame, shame, shame
That I can't get free
From the blame and the torture and the misery
Must it be my secret for eternity?
Till you know my hidden shame you really don't know me
They say you always hurt the one you love
And I'm not saying if I did or if I didn't
But like my shame, that kind of love is always hidden
They locked me up here for the ideas in my head
They never got me for the thing I really did
Hidden shame, shame, shame
That I can't get free
From the blame and the torture and the misery
Must it be my secret for eternity?
Till you know my hidden shame you really don't know me
You really don't know me, you really don't know me
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Hidden Shame Lyrics

Johnny Cash – Hidden Shame Lyrics

Songwriters: COSTELLO, ELVIS
Hidden Shame lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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