I Won't Say (I'm in Love)

Alan Menken, Cheryl Freeman, Susan Egan

About I Won't Say (I'm in Love)

"I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" is a song written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel for Walt Disney Pictures' 35th animated feature film Hercules (1997). Included on the film's soundtrack, the song is performed by American actress and singer Susan Egan in her role as Meg, the film's heroine and Hercules' love interest, while singers Cheryl Freeman, Lillias White, Vaneese Y. Thomas, LaChanze and Roz Ryan provide girl group-style backup vocals as the Muses. "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" is a mid-tempo R&B and doo-wop ballad reminiscent of the 1950s music that incorporates elements of Motown music and teen pop. Similar in style to songs recorded by American girl groups The Ronettes and The Supremes, its lyrics are about denying having romantic feelings for someone and parody those of traditional love songs. In its accompanying musical sequence, Meg realizes that she has reluctantly begun to fall in love with Hercules but constantly refuses to admit this. Meanwhile, the Muses insist that she stop denying her feelings for him and embrace them instead. "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" was written to replace a slower, more emotional ballad Menken had originally intended for Meg, entitled "I Can't Believe My Heart"; the song was discarded because Meg's animator Ken Duncan felt that it did not complement her strong personality. Menken based "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" on songs he had written for his musical Little Shop of Horrors (1982). 


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If there's a prize for rotten judgement,
I guess I've already won that
No man is worth the aggravation
That's ancient history, been there, done that

Who d'you think you're kidding
He's the earth and heaven to you
Try to keep it hidden,
Honey we can see right through you
Girl you can't conceal it
We know how you're feeling
Who you thinking of

No chance no way I won't say it, no no
(You swoon you sigh why deny it oh oh)
It's too cliche I won't say I'm in love
I thought my heart had learned its lesson
It feels so good when you start out
My head is screaming "Get a grip girl
Unless you're dying to cry your heart out

Girl you can't deny it
Who you are is how you're feeling
Baby we're not buying
Hon we saw you hit the ceiling
Face it like a grown-up
When you gonna own up that you got got got it bad

No chance no way I won't say it, no no
(Give up, give in, check the grin you're in love)
This scene won't play I won't say I'm in love
(We'll do it until you admit you're in love)
You're way off base I won't say it
Get off my case I won't say it
(Girl don't be proud it's okay you're in love)
At least out loud I won't say I'm in love

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Alan Menken

Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American musical theatre and film composer and pianist. more »

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10 facts about this song

Song Mechanism
"I Won't Say (I've Fallen In Love)" wasn't just scored by musical genius Alan Menken, but its lyrics were penned by future Tony Award winner David Zippel.
Character Theme
The song is performed by the character Megara, known as Meg, in the 1997 Disney film "Hercules". It highlights Meg's internal struggle against her growing feelings for Hercules.
Disney Princess Connection
Although Meg isn't considered part of the official Disney Princess lineup, this song has become beloved and is often associated with the iconic Disney princess anthems.
Singer Identity
Megara’s singing in the song is voiced by Susan Egan who is also a Broadway actress well-known for originating the role Belle in the Broadway musical adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast".
Notable Lyrics
"I Won't Say I'm in Love" is popular for its catchy chorus "No chance, no way, I won’t say it, no no," symbolizing Meg's denial of her true feelings.
The song often appears on various Disney compilation albums due to its popularity.
Five muses, who act as a “Greek chorus” throughout the film, help to perform the song, symbolizing Meg’s inner thoughts and feelings.
Musical Influence
"I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" combines a variety of musical styles, including gospel and Motown, which was unusual for a Disney animated film at the time.
Pop-Culture Impact
The song has been covered by various artists and made its way into pop culture. Belinda Carlisle, best known as the lead singer of The Go-Go's, was among those who covered the song.
"I Won't Say (I'm in Love)" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 55th Golden Globe Awards.

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