I Really Don't Want to Know

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"I Really Don't Want to Know" is a popular song with music which was written by Don Robertson and lyrics by Howard Barnes. The song was published in 1953.

The best-known version of the song was recorded by Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1953, one of the top 100 songs of 1954. Andy Williams released a version on his 1963 album, Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests. It was also recorded by other artists such as Solomon Burke (1962), Connie Francis (1963), Esther Phillips (1963), Elvis Presley (1970), and Eddy Arnold. Presley's cover became a gold record. A version by Johnny Rodriguez included some Spanish language lyrics. Tommy Edwards' version hit the pop top 20 in 1960.

"I Really Want You to Know" by Skeeter Davis was released by RCA in 1961 as an answer song to Eddy Arnold's version of the song.

Ronnie Dove recorded a version, which was released in 1966 on Diamond Records #208, and peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

There is also a version by Gene Clark on his album Roadmaster (first released in 1973).

Jason & the Scorchers offered an alt country version on their 1985 album "Lost and Found".

John Travolta sang the song in the 2004 movie A Love Song for Bobby Long.

The song was also included on Anne Murray's tribute-to-the-1950s album, Croonin'.

Jerry Lee Lewis included it on his 2010 album, "Mean Old Man".

Knud Pfeiffer wrote the Danish lyrics. The Danish title is "Jeg ønsker ikke dit svar". Raquel Rastenni with Harry Felbert's sixtet and chorus recorded it in Copenhagen in 1954. The song was released on His Master's Voice X 8219.

A Japanese version was sung by Yōichi Sugawara (菅原洋一) as "Shiritakunai no" (知りたくないの) in 1965.

This song was covered in Mandarin Chinese language, given the title name of 過去的春夢 (Passed Memory) with Chinese lyrics written by Li Rui Cheng (李瑞成), recorded by various female and male singers such as Rou Yun (柔雲) on YouTube in 1956 and Judi Jim (詹小屏) in 1973 from Hong Kong, Zi Wei (紫薇) in 1969, Bao Na-Na (包娜娜) in 1976, Feng Fei-fei & Yao Su-Rong (姚蘇蓉) both in 1978, Long Piao-Piao (龍飄飄), Yu Ya (尤雅) in 2002 from Taiwan, and Ling Seow (凌霄) from Singapore.

Chart performance[edit]

Elvis Presley[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 23
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 9
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Singles 7

Elvis Presley singles on Billboard


  1. ^ Ronnie Dove - Chart History - The Hot 100 Billboard.com. Accessed July 25, 2015

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