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Because the valve between the spout and shower pipe is defective - you need a plumber. Or locate the valve, move it from full on to full off a number of times to loosen the corrosion and perhaps it will seal at the shower position. Generally the shower valve is a pull-up knob on top of the tub spout or a lever that turn, mounted near the hot / cold water controls.

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