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You Don't Know Me

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Cindy Walker, Eddie Arnold

  • Film version recorded February 22, 1967, RCA Studios, Nashville.
    Released master is take 20.
  • Record version recorded September 10, 1967, RCA Studios, Nashville.
    Released master is take 1 (possibly the final chord spliced from take 2).

Single: w/ "Big Boss Man", RCA 47-9341, September 26, 1967
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0662, July 15, 1969

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#34 on Billboard's Easy-Listening chart.
#44 on Billboard's Hot 100.

1st LP release: - November 19, 1967
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My Spin

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"You Don't Know Me" began with Eddie Arnold having a basic storyline idea, and presenting it to songwriter Cindy Walker. She built the song around it and Arnold was the first to record it, in 1955. Ray Charles' version in 1962, however, was the big hit, taken from his classic album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music.
Elvis recorded a version of "You Don't Know Me" for the film soundtrack of Clambake in February 1967, but he must've decided it was worth another serious try, and re-recorded it seven months later (thankfully) during the "Guitar Man" sessions. Elvis treats the song with a lot more respect in this second version, and it pays off. His vocals are clear and lucid, and Floyd Cramer's piano and the Jordanaires' background vocals enhance the lonely mood of the melody. It was this later version that was released on the soundtrack album and as a single. He got it down on the first take, too!

Other Spins

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In 'You Don't Know Me', Presley re-recorded a song which he had already taped for the film Clambake. The fine song was a hit for Ray Charles in 1962, and the re-recording is outstanding, with superb breath control from Presley, and the Jordanaires on top form. Apart from these virtues, Floyd Cramer's fine pianism is audible.

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

From Clambake (1967), a fine interpretation of this hit by Eddy Arnold in 1956, Lenny Welch in 1960 and Ray Charles in 1962. Faster in the film - the studio version was more carefully crafted.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"You Don't Know Me" Lyrics and Downloads

You give your hand to me and then you say hello
And I can hardly speak, my heart is beating so
And anyone could tell, you think you know me well
But 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
To you I'm just a friend and that's all I've ever been
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
The chance that you might love me too

You give your hand to me and then you say good-bye
I watch you walk away beside the lucky guy
To never, never know the one who loves you so
No, you don't know me
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