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I Really Don't Want to Know

4.6 / 5

Words & Music: Don Robertson Howard Barnes

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
Mmm, 'cause I really don't want, I don't wanna know

Recordingdate: 1970/07/07, first released on: Elvis Country (album)


Musicians who contributed to the first recording of I Really Don't Want to Know:



(french horn)

*Orchestra, overdubs


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bastiaanvinke wrote on November 15, 2008
Awesome song, I really like the 77 version (Elvis in Concert) A little to short but ...
My boy, my boy wrote on January 04, 2009
Country music has never sounded any better !
sitdown68 wrote on January 04, 2009
hte 77 ersions sounded laid back and relaxed, molded with the years. Guess it takes time to give a song its real shape. The Presley interpretation is one of the 77gems he carried with him while touring. It is sung in the way he did thos 75 and 76 ballads. Gives an idea of how the January 77 Rainy Night in Goergia would have sounded like, a session that was'nt to be...
Marty_TCE wrote on January 04, 2009
This song really flows, Elvis clearly loved it. There are certain songs that I just love to sing along to and this is one of them!
JLpResLey wrote on January 04, 2009
Yes, I like it very much. I really like the live version from 1977, I think Elvis sang it well. It makes me wonder why he didn´t do it more often on stage
JerryNodak wrote on January 04, 2009
A great Elvis(ized) version of the old country classic first popularized as I recall by Eddy Arnold. At least that's the first version I remember. One of the highlights (of many) from the great "Elvis Country" LP.
bajo wrote on January 05, 2009
Great performance by Elvis on this! Pity he didn't use it more. The In Concert version was a bit too short for my likings. Still a nice touch and performance there as well!
old shep wrote on March 19, 2010
A Les Paul and Mary Ford original from around 1953 or 54 which Elvis must have heard countless times, including the Eddie Arnold recording. A song I couldn't take to once over but now I have got to like it. An excellent ballad co written by Don Robertson who has penned some great songs with an Elvis connection.
Jim Hoff wrote on March 19, 2010
Goosebumps :-)
Pedro Nuno wrote on March 19, 2010
Love it. Had to anyway, since is part of “Elvis Country”, one of the best Country/Rock albums of music history.
dgirl wrote on March 19, 2010
I really like it but it should have stayed on the LP. There were newer & hipper songs from Elvis Country that could have been used for a single release. This song had been done so many times, was not a good choice for a late 1970 single. But I like it.
Deano1 wrote on March 19, 2010
One of Elvis' very best performances. A bluesy rendition of a country standard that was one of the many highlights from one of Elvis' best albums "Elvis Country" (1971). Perhaps, not the best choice for a single in the pop market, though it did still hit #21 on the pop chart and #2 on the easy listening chart. It's flipside "There Goes My Everything" garnered him his first top 10 country hit (#9) since "Hard Headed Woman" in 1958.
Steve V wrote on March 19, 2010
Good song & performance, but bad single choice only because it had been done so often by so many. It's Your Baby You Rock It would have been my choice. It was modern & new and completely different for Elvis at the time. Singles should be new & fresh material.
OtisBlue22 wrote on March 20, 2010
The Elvis In Concert rendition is just great. Seems improvised. In fact, a lot of the songs performed on that show were kind of obscure and beautifully wrought by our man. If only they would release it on DVD!!
Great Dane wrote on May 07, 2012
I like the 1977 version the best. But the "Country" album was awesome in all ways. 5 stars.
You Dont Know Me wrote on May 08, 2012
Even though in concert in 1977 Elvis only sang a half of the song- STILL his voice on it was Superb and without doubt one of the few 1977 true highlights
Biffx wrote on September 01, 2012
I really adore this you can so feel every word of this song. I often turn up the volume and lose myself on this one , it fits Elvis voice perfect made to measure I think.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on September 01, 2012
I do wish they would release the original LP / CD without the segment's. Good song, sung well. Good album
Lpool kid wrote on September 01, 2012
loved this on the elvis country album it was really good but i thought this was eclipsed by the '77 concert version where elvis's voice was so rich and warm it elevated the song to a different level.....five stars.
Gorse wrote on November 30, 2012
Brilliantly sung country song with a heavy soul influence. Yes the 1977 TV concert version was a great effort and a song he really seemed to experience emotionally.
ElvisSacramento wrote on January 14, 2013
This is such a stellar song and Elvis' studio rendition of it was brilliant. The other thirteen songs that Elvis recorded that were written by Don Robertson are "Anything That's Part Of You", "I Met Her Today", "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here", "I'm Counting On You", "I'm Falling In Love Tonight", "I'm Yours", "Love Me Tonight", "Marguerita", "No More", "Starting Today", "There's Always Me", "They Remind Me Too Much Of You" and "What Now, What Next, Where To".
sugartummy wrote on March 16, 2013
A great track, much better then Arnold's version.
Stevekimb1 wrote on November 08, 2014
The greatest interpretation of the Willie Nelson classic and a lynchpin of the 'Elvis Country' album.
trudygillenwater wrote on March 27, 2015
Classic country from The King of Entertainment!
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