"You Don't Know My Name" as written by Harold Spencer Lilly Jr, Alicia J Augello-cook, Kanye Omari West, Ken Williams, Mel Kent and J.r Bailey....
Baby, baby, baby, from the day I saw you,
I really, really wanted to catch you eye.
There’s something special about you,
And I must really like you
Cause not a lot of guys are worth my time.
Ooo baby, baby, baby, it’s getting kinda crazy
Cause you are taking over my mind.

Chorus:
And it feels like Oo-oo-oo-ooo, but you don’t know my name.
And I swear, it feels like Oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo, but you don’t know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)

Ooo, baby, baby, baby, I see us on our first date,
You’re doing everything that makes me smile.
And when we had our first kiss, it happened on a Thursday,
Oo, it set my soul on fire.
Ooo, baby, baby, baby, I can’t wait for the first time,
My imagination’s running wild.

Chorus:
It feels like Oo-oo-oo-ooo, but you don’t know my name.
And I swear it baby, it feels like Oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo, but you don’t know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)

Now I’m saying, he don’t even know what he’s doing to me.
I’ve been feeling all crazy inside, I’ve been feeling like, ooo,

I’ve been doing more than I’ve ever done for anyone’s attention.
Take notice of what’s in front of you cause did I mention
you’re bout to miss a good thing.
And you’ll never know how good it feels to have all of my affection,
And you’ll never get a chance to experience my love

Chorus:
And cause my love it feels like Oo-oo-oo-ooo, but you don’t know my name.
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)
And I swear it feels like Oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo, but you don’t know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)

Will you ever know it? No, no, no, no, no…no, no.
Will you ever know it?
Now ya see I might just have to go ahead and call this boy.
Hello? Can I speak to, to Michael?
Oh hey, how you doing? Ah, I feel kinda silly doing this or whatever,
but umm,
This is the waitress from the coffee house on ‘39th and Lenox, (laughs)
Yah the one with the braids. Yeah, well I see you on Wednesdays all the time,
You come in every Wednesday I think you come in on your lunch break
And you always order the special with the hot chocolate.
And y manager be tripping and stuff talking about we gotta use water,
But I always use some milk and sugar for you cause, huh, I think you kinda sweet. (laughs)
Anyways, you always got on some fly blue suit,
And your cufflinks are shining all bright.
So what you do? Oh word, yeah that’s interesting.
Look man, I mean, I don’t wanna waste your time, but I know girls don’t usually do this
But I was wondering if maybe we could get together outside the restaurant one day,
Cause I do look a lot different outside my work clothes. (snickers)
I mean, we could just go across the street to the park right here,
Wait hold up, my ph, my cell phone breaking up, hold up.
Can you hear me now? Oh.Yeah, so what day did you say? Oh yeah , Thursday’s perfect. (laughs)

And it feels like Oo-oo-oo-ooo, but you don’t know my name.
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)
Baby, baby I swear, it’s like Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo,
But you don’t know my name, no no no
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)
And it feels like Oo-oo-oo-ooo, but you don’t know my name.
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)
And I swear on my mother and father it feels like Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo,
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo
( but you don’t know my name. round and round and round we go, will you ever know)


Lyrics submitted by darkahuna

You Don't Know My Name song meanings
Add your thoughts

8 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Commentgr8 song top class safe legend!!
    X-XbexX-Xon December 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song alot and i think that it is really sweet.Its like a girl admiring a guy from afar and i can relate.
    hotchiquaon December 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment[LOL] It is so funny whenever I think of this song, and I will always love it, beacuse coincidentally enough, last year, around the same time that this song came out, I had just met this boy and I was feeling him so badly, but I was scared to tell him. We actually talked sometimes, but he never asked me what my name was. And so, our relationship stayed the same for the rest of the year, and I felt so special, because it made me feel like Alicia was an angel, watching over the situation, and taking notes so she could make a hit song out of it. [LOL] Yeah, his name was Micheal too. Anyway, of course the relationship didn't work out, AND somebody told him my name, which ruined the whole unique theme. MAJOR Bummer. Believe you me, I was upset as hell. I actually partially blame Alicia for not finishing the story. [LOL, joking]But seriously, call me crazy, but something feels like, if her story had turned out differently, maybe ours would have. Weird. Anyway Alicia, I love you to death and this, by far, may be my favorite song by you yet. If I ever meet you, I think we'll have a good long contemplation, and maybea few laughs over this one. In the end, this experience thouroughly convinced me that we are, somehow, in some way,
    ultimately destined to be brought together someday. I really hope so, and it would be an honor to meet one of the biggest influences in my life.

    *Alicia Keys for life*
    key_deepon December 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis and If I Ain't Got You are my favorite songs! I just sit in my room singin' to all my usher posters! It's the perfect song to do it with! KANYE PRODUCED IT! The video is my favorite music video!
    usher_alicia_kanyeon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my current theme song
    i met someone by fate and i like him alot and
    we rarely talk. it was all just pure instinct
    i was convinced that there were no nice guys at my school until i saw him. granted that he knows my name he might as well not know it because we're both too shy to talk to eachother i guess.
    i hope this thing for me works out. because im not the skinniest,most popular chick in the school, i was fully convinced that it would never work out for me until i heard this song. thank you alicia
    musicandmore21on March 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so sweet, i'd say the sweetest i've heard so far. It makes falling in love like a big bomb exploding inside of me every time i hear it. The sentences she says between, her imagination of the first kiss and so on, it's like in the old movies. Today one rarely falls in love that kind of way. I read some place recently, that a quarter of all people found their partner on the internet or in the paper, that's sad. I've always hoped love would be like in this song or movies like Amélie.
    victorgladiumon October 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    MemoryTakes me straight back to my last year of college, where I lived out my meaning of this whole entire song! That’s when I walked into the job of my dream guy. Like the song said, there was something special about him. He was gorgeous…that’s all I really knew about him at the time. But I had to keep seeing him with my own eyes. He didn’t even have to talk to me. I talked to him 4 times, strictly because I was a customer at his office who needed help. Other than that, he never came up to me, and to this day I wonder if he ever noticed that I was secretly attracted to him. I was like Alicia in the song, telling myself things like “if he only took notice of me,” and “he’s missing out on a good thing.”

    In the song, Alicia plays out their relationship in her head. Then she tells herself to call him, and tell him how she feels. After that, she talks to him and they agree to meet up. Sometimes when I listen to the song I imagine the phone call’s all in her head. She’s playing out what she’d do if she really got him on the phone. In the end, they never meet, and he never knows how she feels about him. Other times I think that she really did call him and confess her feelings. I felt like Alicia in the song: I had to tell him, even if he didn’t know who I was.

    I saw him outside of work once and I thought it was a sign. I had to let it out. It didn’t play out like Alicia’s phone call though, lol. I did say, “I feel kind of silly doing this,” like she says in the song. He recognized me, and when I told him everything, he smiled. He said "Really?" and seemed too surprised at first to be flattered or humiliated. That’s why I wonder if he ever noticed that I was checking him out. He smiled at me, then congratulated my project, and grabbed me for the most innocent hug ever. All the time I pictured myself telling him I never expected him to say or do anything, but after I told him and he didn’t do or say anything, it made me sad. The feeling for him was probably nothing, but he made my year, and he had no idea. I moved out of town the next day, and I haven’t seen him since. And yes: He never knew my name.

    Alicia takes me back to that time. In the six minutes of the song I can play out all those months I was hung up on him. You gotta feel this. You have to.
    bueller84on October 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwoahhh this is the story of my life. and the boy who i like is named michael.
    escapeyourselfon December 07, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain