I Don't Even Know Myself (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc.; Suolubaf Music; ABKCO Music, Inc.; Careers BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

[Pete Townshend: "I wrote a couple of songs in a period where people were writing extensive analysis of my character and stuff like this. And I thought, 'Well, fuck it. You don't know me. I don't know myself, how can you know me?'"]

Dating from 1970, this was considered for an EP before finally appearing on the B-side of the 'Won't Get Fooled Again' single. Often played in concert during 1970-1971. [Not included on the 2003 Deluxe Edition CD. "I Don't Even Know Myself" was written backstage at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands before The Who's January 30, 1970 show. The Who did record this song for their proposed 1970 EP. That version has had only one commercial release, on a bonus disc released in Japan only of the 2004 best-of collection Then and Now! 1964-2004.

This track was recorded at Olympic Studios May-June 1971, produced by Glyn Johns. It was released in the U.K. as "Don't Know Myself" when it appeared on the b-side of "Won't Get Fooled Again." Pete's original demo was released on his 1999 solo album Lifehouse Chronicles. Live versions appear on Live at the Isle Of Wight 1970 CD and DVD, 30 Years of Maximum R&B video and on Who's Next Deluxe Edition.]

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.

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