Dominic Kirwan & Lisa Stanley. "You Don't Know Me".

Dominic Kirwan & Lisa Stanley performs "You Don´t Know Me", the classic tune by Cindy Walker & Eddy Arnold. This duet is  featured on both albums Dominic´s "My Country Favourites" and Lisa´s "Heart & Soul"

"You Don't Know Me" is a song written by Cindy Walker based on a title and storyline given to her by Eddy Arnold in 1955. "You Don't Know Me" was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21, 1956 on RCA Victor.

 

The first version of the song to make the Billboard charts was by Jerry Vale in 1956, peaking at #14 on the pop chart. Arnold's version charted two months later, released as an RCA Victor single, 47-6502, backed with "The Rockin' Mockin' Bird", which reached #10 on the Billboard country chart. Cash Box magazine, which combined all best-selling versions at one position, included a version by Carmen McRae that never appeared in the Billboard Top 100 Sides listing.

 

Cindy Walker, who had supplied Eddy with "Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me" (a number one country record in 1949 and Eddy's first Cindy Walker release), recalled discussing the idea for "You Don't Know Me" with Eddy as she was leaving one of Nashville's annual disc-jockey conventions. "I went up to the Victor suite to tell Steve Sholes good-bye," she explained, "and just as I was leaving, Eddy came in the door."

Walker remembered him saying, "I got a song title for you... 'You Don't Know Me.'"

"But I know you," teased Walker.

"This is serious, replied Eddy, who proceeded to outline his idea.

 

The songwriter promised to let the idea stew in her head for a while. And soon, she remembered, the lyrics tumbled onto the page. "The song just started singing. It sort of wrote itself..."

 

Notable recorded versions

 

The best-selling version of the song is by Ray Charles, who took it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962, after releasing the song on his #1 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. This version also topped the "Easy listening" chart for three weeks in 1962, and was used in the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day. The song was the 12th number one country hit for Mickey Gilley in 1981.

 

The song has been performed or recorded by hundreds of artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson. Charles re-recorded the song with Diana Krall on his #1 album of duets, Genius Loves Company, the only song common to both of Charles' two #1 albums. It was sung by Meryl Streep in the 1990 film Postcards from the Edge, by John Legend in the 2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "The Bat Mitzvah", by Robert Downey Jr. in the 1998 film Two Girls and a Guy, and by Lizzy Caplan in the 2013 Masters of Sexepisode "Phallic Victories".

Lyrics

 

(You don't love me)

(You don't know me)

 

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

And longs to hold you tight

Oh, I'm just a friend

That's all I've ever been

'Cause you don't know me

(No, you don't know me)

 

 

For I never knew the art of making love

Though my heart aches with love for you

Afraid and shy, I let my chance go by

A 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, to never, never know

The one who loves you so

Well, you don't know me

 

(For I never knew the art of making love)

(Though my heart aches with love for you)

Afraid and shy, I let my chance go by

A chance that you might love me too

(Love me too)

 

Oh, you give your hand to me

And then you say goodbye

I watch you walk away

Beside the lucky guy

Oh, you'll never, never know

The one who loves you so

Well, you don't know me

(You don't love me)

(You don't know me)

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