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I Don't Need to Know

I donít think I could mistake your face;  
I was in the throes, felt it to my toes.  
Please donít mistake my messy, slurring state;  
you just had the glow, thought you ought to know  
Is it a sign, your unaffected tone?  
When you speak to me, youíre so clear to me.  
How many clues are you gonna need  
just to guess the man I used to be?  

I donít need to know.  
Iím a different man than I was back then.  
I donít need to know.  
Keep it to yourself if its just as well.  
Was I as young and shining all those years ago?  
I donít need to know.  

I guess I know a thing or two of pain:  
How it all has changed, how it all gets strange.  
When I met you, I was upon a stage.  
I was in that play, and your shining face  
smiled in that old, familiar way-- †
never mind the pretty words you sang.  

I donít need to know.  
Iím a different man than I was back then.  
I donít need to know.  
Keep it to yourself if its just as well.  
Was I as young and shining all those years ago?  
I donít need to know.  

Some things I left behind, you see,  
so am I really still me?  
Some things, I never intended to be,  
so am I really still me?  
Some things are not gonna go as you planned.  
You just do what you can.  
Some things you can only ask with drink in hand  
when you can barely stand.  

Swagger out onto the barren street,  
feeling just as scared, just as unprepared.  
Wander off to where Iím supposed to be.  
I got a home, I just donít know where †

I donít need to know.  
Iím a different man than I was back then.  
I donít need to know.  
Keep it to yourself if its just as well.  
Was I as young and shining all those years ago?  
I donít need to know.
Written by hgnichols (Harry Nichols)
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