"I Know What I Know" as written by Paul Simon and Daniel Shirinda....
She looked me over
And I guess she thought
I was all right
All right in a sort of a limited way
For an off-night
She said don't I know you
From the cinematographer's party
I said who am I
To blow against the wind
I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head

She said there's something about you
That really reminds me of money
She is the kind of a girl
Who could say things that
Weren't that funny
I said what does that mean
I really remind you of money
She said who am I
To blow against the wind

I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head

She moved so easily
All I could think of was sunlight
I said aren't you the women
Who was recently given a Fulbright
She said don't I know you
From the cinematographer's party
I said who am I
To blow against the wind

I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head


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"I Know What I Know" as written by Paul Simon, Daniel Shirinda

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    General Commentthe reference "Who am I to blow against the wind" is about just not arguing and just going with the flow of the conversation because disagreeing will be overcome, as would you blowing against the wind.. the wind would overpower you no matter how hard you try. it could also make reference to her beauty and how he is so struck by it that he doesn't resist what she says.
    msulli05on March 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs!

    Singer fondly remembers flirting with an attractive woman at a party. He keeps up a cool banter with her, reminding himself that it is only transitive (we come and we go).
    cartoongraveyardon April 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty cool song. he meets a girl at a party and they both think that there's more to eachother then there is, but neither one is going to admit that no they are not the one from the cinematographer's party because they like each other. really fun to sing along with

    She looked me over
    And I guess she thought
    I was all right
    All right in a sort of a limited way
    For an off-night
    She said don't I know you
    From the cinematographer's party
    I said who am I
    To blow against the wind
    annaSon March 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt may be my imagination but it seems like it alludes to the Great Gatsby in a bizarre way. "Who am I to blow against the wind" is similar to an analogy Carroway, the narrator uses in the end that spawn the famous quote "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." There is also a party where one of the characters is a cinematographer/photographer/movie maker, although strangely I don't believe it is /his/ party. Lastly, there is the verse about being reminded of money, which occurs in the Great Gatsby. However, in the book the main female is compared to money, not the male.
    so it's probably just a whole bunch of weird coincidences.
    ALotOfNothingon January 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me like two people trying to get to know each other and avoiding conflict at the same time. They test each other, but pull back soon after, so they keep it friendly and not intrusive. In general, tehy both want the other to be happy and not feel like they're telling the other how to love their life, they're very simply trying to see if they're compatible..?
    AmericanRudieon March 12, 2012   Link

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