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"I Don't Need Your Love" is the eighth song in Six the Musical. It is Catherine Parr's solo, however, all the queens make an appearance towards the end.

Theme[]

The song begins with Catherine writing a letter to her love, Thomas Seymour, ending their relationship, as Henry VIII has decided that he wishes to marry her. Catherine laments about how she is forced to marry Henry, as to refuse a proposal from the king was dangerous and unheard of at the time. She explains how if she had a choice, she would tell Henry off, saying that she doesn't need his love. Catherine then closes off the letter, stating "This is goodbye, all my love, Catherine". She mentions how she sent the letter to Thomas, married Henry, and became "the one who survived" due to outliving him.

However, Catherine then questions why she should have to sing about her life with Henry when she has completed many amazing accomplishments of her own, such as becoming a writer and fighting for female education. She says that she is unable to tell her own story because in history, she is just one of six women that the king decided to marry, and that without Henry they would never have been remembered at all.

Following that, the other queens join in, with Katherine Howard singing that they're "taking back the microphone", meaning that it's their turn to tell their stories. The song concludes with the queens telling Henry that they don't need his love and that they are in control of their narrative from now on.

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Lyrics[]

[CATHERINE PARR]
You know I love you, boy
In every single way
Though I love you, boy
I'll miss you every day
Oh, I love you, boy
I wish that I could stay with you
And keep the life I made with you
And even though this feels so right
I'm holding back the tears tonight

It's true, I'll never be over you
'Cause I have built a future in my mind with you
And now the hope is gone, there's nothing left for me to do
You know it isn't true, but I must say to you
That I don't need your love, no, no
I don't need your love, no, no
It'll never be better than it was, no, no
But I don't need your love, no, no

I've got no choice
With the king, I stay alive
Never had a choice
Been a wife twice before
Just to survive
I don't have a choice
If Henry says "it's you", then it's you
No matter how I feel, it's what I have to do
But if, somehow, I had that choice
No holding back, I'd raise my voice

I'd say, "Henry, yeah, it's true
I'll never belong to you
'Cause I am not your toy to enjoy
'Til there's something new
As if I'm gonna give up my boy, my work, my dreams
To care for you
Ha! Darling, get a clue
There's nothing you can do

I don't need your love, no, no
No, I don't need your love, no, no
There's nothing left to discuss, no, no
But I don't need your love, no, no"

But I can't say that
Not to the king
So this is goodbye
All my love, Catherine

So I sent that letter to my love
Got married to the king
Became the one who survived
I've told you about my life, the final wife
But why should that story be the one I have to sing about
Just to win? I'm out
That's not my story
There's so much more

Remember that I was a writer
I wrote books, and psalms, and meditations
Fought for female education
So all my women can independently
Study scripture
I even got a woman to paint my picture
Why can't I tell that story?
'Cause in history
I'm fixed as one of six
And without him
I disappear
We all disappear

[CATHERINE OF ARAGON]
So we had no choice

[ANNE BOLEYN]
But now it's us alone

[JANE SEYMOUR]
So we've got no choice

[ANNA OF CLEVES]
No, we've got no choice

[KATHERINE HOWARD]
We're taking back the microphone

[CATHERINE PARR]
I'm gonna raise my voice

[ALL]
They always said we need your love
But it's time for us to rise above
It's not what went down in history
But tonight I'm singing this for me

Henry, yeah, I'm through
Too many times it's been told
And I have had enough (I have had enough)
Love stories to get old
And you might think it's tough
But I've got to let your love run cold
We're taking back control (we're taking back control)
You need to know

I don't need your love, no, no (hey, ha ha ha ha)
No, I don't need your love, no, no
Can't let it get the better of us, no, no (woo!)
I don't need your love, no, no
I don't need your love, no, no (hey, I don't need your love)
(I don't need your love) No, I don't need your love, no, no
(I don't need your love)
(No, I don't need it)
I don't need your love, no, no (no, no, no, no, no)
(No, I don't need it)
I don't need your love
We don't need your love

[CATHERINE PARR]
You know I love you, boy
In every single way
Though I love you, boy
I'll miss you every day
You know I love you, boy
I wish that I could stay with you
And keep the life I made with you
And even though this feels so right
I'm holding back the tears tonight

It's true, I'll never be over you
'Cause I have built a future in my mind with you
And now the hope is gone, there's nothing left for me to do
You know it isn't true, but I must say to you
That I don't need your love, no, no
I don't need your love, no, no
It'll never be better than it was, no, no
But I don't need your love, no, no

There's no point in tears
It happens to us all
When we're lost in tears
It's how you rise up from the fall
So I don't want your tears
Yeah, I'm the one who lost her love
But I'll be the one to rise above
It may not go down in history
But tonight I'm singing this for me

I'm through, too many times it's been told
And I have had enough, love stories do get old
And even though it's tough
I've got to let your love run cold
So I can keep control
You need to know

That I don't need your love, no, no
No, I don't need your love, no, no
You'll never get the better of us, no, no
But I don't need your love, no, no

I don't need it
I don't need your love
I don't need it
So don't cry for me
Do we need it?

[ALL]
We don't need your love
We don't need it

[CATHERINE PARR]
So don't cry for me
Do we need it?

[ALL]
We don't need your love
We don't need it

[CATHERINE PARR]
So don't cry for me

[ALL]
Do we need it?
We don't need your love

[CATHERINE PARR]
We don't need it
We don't need it
Woah, woah

[UNKNOWN QUEEN]
We're done with tears

[UNKNOWN QUEEN]
It happened to us all

[ALL]
We were lost in tears (we were lost in tears)
But it's how you rise up from the fall

[UNKNOWN QUEEN]
We don't want your tears

[ALL]
No sympathy
No love
It's time for us to rise above
We might not rewrite history
But tonight I'm singing this for me

I'm through, too many times it's been told
And I have had enough, love stories do get old
And even though it's tough
I've got to let your love run cold
We're taking back control
You need to know

That I don't need your love, no, no
No, I don't need your love, no, no
Can't let it get the better of us, no, no
No, I don't need your love, no, no
I don't need your love, no, no
No, I don't need your love, no, no
Can't let it get the better of us, no, no
No, I don't need your love
We don't need your love

Trivia[]

  • The line, "So all my women can independently/Study scripture" is a reference to Independent Women by Destiny's Child. Catherine previously referenced Destiny's Child during her verse in Ex-Wives.
  • In the show, the song is cut in half rather than all being performed at once. There is a dialogue break between the lines, "We all disappear" and "So we had no choice" to explain the reason behind the other queens joining in.
    • The first half is referred to simply as I Don't Need Your Love, while the second half is called I Don't Need Your Love (Remix), as the queens declare "This is the remix!" before jumping back into the song.

Gallery[]

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"But I didn't look as good as I did in my pic..."
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