You don't understand me
But if the feeling was right you might
Comprehend me.
And why do you feel the need to tease me?
Why don't you turn it around,
It might be easier to please me.

And there's always another point of view,
A better way to do the things we do.
And how can you know me and I know you
If nothing is true?

What do you think that you are doing? (Oh...)
Who is the fool, the fool
Or the fool that you are fooling? (Fool that you are fooling...)
And maybe I just don't see the reason (Reason...)
But in the core of my heart
Your ignorance is treason.

And there's always another point of view,
A better way to do the things we do.
And how can you know me and I know you
If nothing is true?

You think you know how I feel.
It's not that big of a deal.
There's no such thing, it's not real.
Oh...

You don't understand me.
But if the feeling was right you might
Comprehend me.
And I don't claim to understand you. (Oh...)
But I've been looking around
And I haven't found anybody like you.

And there's always another point of view,
A better way to do the things we do.
And how can you know me and I know you
If nothing is true?


Lyrics submitted by JustFetus, edited by professor_feather

You Don't Understand Me Lyrics as written by Jack White Brendan Benson

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  • +3
    General CommentIt seems like a futile endeavor to try to understand others. Think of the infinitesimal varied experiences, nuances, wind directions we meet in every moment, all have an influence on our perceptions (or "point[s] of view"). Sure, "nothing is true" but people have an innate propensity to find truth especially when it comes to relationships to others. Maybe this is because of our solitary uniqueness. I think what the writer is pointing out that we'd all get along better if we didn't think that there are truths or absolutes and give up this notion that we can truly understand each other.
    artbeaton March 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI broke up with my girlfriend, or more so she broke up with me. It was supposedly a break but now it's pretty much over and done with. Every time we talk I can't understand why she doesn't miss me more and she probably can't understand why I still miss her. Everyone's different and you're never going to understand every little thing the other person is putting into their decisions...and I think you have to just let that be and go on with your life.
    jodofoshoon March 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdoesn't "but in the court of my heart, your ignorance is treason make more sense?"
    Redman85on July 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so symbolic of me and my girlfriends relationship. Dont get me wrong, i love her to death, and she loves me, but sometimes she just doesnt get it...she thinks she knows everything about me, and does all this stupid shit, thinking i dont mind, but to be honest it pisses me off, and i get so frustrated.
    rockinbilly3on April 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti listen to this song and i feel like i can hear my girl talking. she has problems, and we both know i'll never be able to understand her.

    its about how you can never fully understand your partner, and how it shouldn't matter but it always does
    Delta 27on May 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove the piano on this song
    spyguynick13on June 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Redman85 - I think it is definitely "court of my heart"

    And I love love love LOVE this song - I have not seen it live but watched it online from the Reading festival and from T in the Park, it was amazing. I can't wait to get the chance to see it/hear it live...
    YourIgnoranceIsTreasonon January 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFrom the lyrics, I suspect the song is about politics, not a romance relationship. It sounds like a political conv. with the specifics/issues left out.
    professor_featheron June 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonI get Queen-vibes. Love it!
    Kyuss1on October 18, 2019   Link

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