"You Don't Know Me" as written by Eddy Arnold and Cindy Walker....
You give your hand to me
And then you say hello
And I can hardly speak
My heart is beating so
And anyone can tell
You think you know me well
But you don't know me (no you don't know me)

No you don't know the one
Who dreams of you at night
And longs to kiss your lips
Longs to hold you tight
Oh I am just a friend
That's all I've ever been
Cause you don't know me (no you don't know me)

I never knew the art of making love
No my heart aches with love for you
Afraid and shy I let my chance go by
The chance that you might love me too (love me too)

You give your hand to me
And then you say goodbye
I watch you walk away beside the lucky guy
Oh you will never know
The one who loves you so
Well you don't know me

I never knew the art of making love
No my heart aches with love for you
Afraid and shy I let my chance go by
The chance that you might love me too (love me too)

You give your hand to me
And then you say goodbye
I watch you walk away beside the lucky guy
Oh you will never know
The one who loves you so
Well you don't know me
You don't know me
Oh you don't know me


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"You Don't Know Me" as written by Eddy Arnold Cindy Walker

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    General CommentReally really beautiful and tearjerking, used in the film Groundhog Day if I remember rightly.
    alfiebabyon February 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty obvious what the song is about, but it is a beautiful sad sweet song
    hoydenon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis, i would say, has to be one of his best songs. It just strikes something inside of you that cant be explained.
    killerfanaticson March 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenttotally agree! its soul . the musics soul really gets me in this track . and the text are also pretty obvious.
    lamaon April 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs of all time... it just hits the nail on the head for me and I know exactly what it's like to feel like the guy in the song. I can't understand why this isn't one of Mr. Charles' more famous songs..
    ndoherty13on August 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentRay Charles didn't write this song, but his version is the best.

    I've heard it hundreds of times, yet every time it still just kills me. It's a warning to not let the one you love slip away because you were afraid to tell them how you feel.
    cgodfreyon July 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI remember when I was struggling to ask out my best friend and first love, who I hold dear to this day. A friend played this song, and to this day it captures that time. Despite the fact that things didn't go well, I have held that message with me since then and I think everyone should hear this song and keep it in mind in future.
    pungemoon April 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love the line 'You think you know me well' in this song. It seems to contain the frustration of the speaker, who desperately wants the girl to know him well, and is angry (perhaps even insulted) that she thinks she has achieved this already, when he had so much more to offer.

    He feels compelled to blame her for the misunderstanding (with the use of 'anyone can tell' and the repetition of 'YOU don't know me'), but evidently understands that actually he is mostly at fault for being so passive ('Afraid and shy, I let my chance go by').

    For me, the song is about the naivety of a 'first love,' which affects you intensely and yet you don't have the experience to know how to deal with it.
    wildwildebeeston October 24, 2011   Link

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