I Don't Even Know Myself

Album: Who's Next (1971)
  • There's nothing in the way I walk that could tell you where I'm going,
    There's nothing in the words I speak that can betray anything I'm knowing,
    Don't think about the way I dress, you can fit me on a labelled shelf,
    Don't pretend that you know me 'cause I don't even know myself,
    Ooh I don't know myself.

    I don't mind if you try once in a while,
    I don't mind if I cry once in a while,
    The doors aren't shut as tight as they might seem,
    I'm just trying to fight my way out of this dream.

    Don't listen to the words I say, weighing up if I'm enlightened,
    Don't shiver as you pass me by, 'cause mister I'm the one who's frightened,
    The police just came and left, they wanted me and no one else,
    Don't pretend that you know me 'cause I don't even know myself,
    I said I don't know myself.

    I don't mind if you try once in a while,
    I don't mind if I cry once in a while,
    The doors aren't shut as tight as they might seem,
    I'm just trying to fight my way out of this dream.

    Do you remember me, I don't remember you,
    Do you still love me, you know I think you do,
    I have been gone, and some prison warder knows my scream,
    I'm just trying to fight my way out of this dream.

    There's only five who know my real name,
    And my mother don't believe they know it,
    What she called me is the way I'm staying,
    And no one'll ever know it,
    Come on all of you big boys, come on all of you elves,
    Don't pretend that you know me 'cause I don't even know myself,
    I said I don't know myself.

    I don't mind if you try once in a while,
    And I don't mind if I cry once in a while. Writer/s: PETER DENNIS BLANDFOR TOWNSHEND
    Publisher: Spirit Music Group, BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Tony from UsaPeter was always so flippant about the songs he wrote. Stuff like this comes from the soul, not a reaction to some magazine articles.

    "There's only five who know my real name
    And my mother don't believe they know it
    What she called me is the way I'm staying
    And no one'll ever know it"

    Peter had rough time at home, it's reflected in much of his material if you dig deep enough. Quadrophenia chronicled his time as a teen when all these voices were forming in his head and as close as we will ever get to him. That's all true music is, someone's voice wanting to be heard. I always wonder why Peter always made light of his motivation to write many of his songs. By his own account he was a shy person, perhaps that's why he finds it so hard to admit this stuff comes straight from his gut. A fan since the days of the first pressing of this album. Saw the entire band live once before Keith passed away, many time since.
  • Paul from Cardiff, United Kingdomi would love to know more about this song - one of pete's best - and coupled with WGFA, probably the best single they ever released!
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