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I Really Don't Want To Know

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Don Robertson, Howard Barnes

Recorded: June 7, 1970, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 4?.

Single:w/ "There Goes My Everything", 47-9960, December 1970
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0679, February 1972

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#21 on Billboard Hot 100
#13 on Cash Box Top 100
#9 on Billboard Country chart

1st LP release: Elvis Country - January 1971
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My Spin

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Elvis resurrected the tune "I Really Don't Want To Know" for his now-classic album, Elvis Country. He gives it a bluesy arrangement, and it works quite well. Elvis was still at the top of his game in 1970, and this little piece of evidence certainly supports that!

I'll write more later, but meanwhile, check out the music and links!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"I Really Don't Want To Know" is another slow ballad, in waltz tempo. This is not as heavily arranged as some of the other songs.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Sad lyrics suit Elvis well, with country piano by David Briggs and blues guitar by James Burton blending nicely.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"I Really Don't Want To Know" Lyrics and Downloads

Oh how many arms have held you
And hated to let you go
How many, oh how many, I wonder
But I really don't want, I don't wanna know

Oh how many lips have kissed you
And set, set your soul aglow, yes they did
How many, oh how many, I wonder, yes I do
But I really don't want to know

So always make, make me wonder
And always make, make me guess
And even, you know even if I ask you
Oh darling oh don't you, don't confess

Just let it, let it remain your secret
Oh for darling, darling I love you so
No wonder, yeah no wonder, I wonder
'Cause I really don't want, I don't wanna know

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What's YOUR Spin on "I Really Don't Want To Know"?
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Yea! Nice Country Blues!

Nay! Let It Remain Your Secret!

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