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Radio XXXIV, side A, track 8: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Simply Red

Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By NowOh, Simply Red, as much as I enjoyed the silky sexiness of the last song I recorded by you, this is the song that always initially comes to mind when I hear the name Simply Red.  I think it’s because as soon as I heard this one for the first time, I was struck by the straightforward bleakness of it.  When a young boy drowning in hormones is constantly surrounded by songs that primarily focus on the awesomeness of love and canoodling, when a song comes along that says “Guess what?  That crap those other songs are singing about?  That stuff lasts like three seconds.  THIS song is telling you what’s up for reals, yo” it stands out from the crowd.

That’s the reason that I’ve always held you at arms’ length, Simply Red.  Because while I really love the simple sad slow burn of this song, I’ve always kind of resented you as being that guy at the party who tells you that a lot of the animals died during the filming of “The Adventures of Milo and Otis”, which used to be one of my favorite movies until I found that out.  I like you and all, Simply Red, but I don’t need to hear about that shit.  I’m gonna go see if there’s anymore guacamole.

“If You Don’t Know Me By Now”

<awesome Simply Red jam>

If you don’t know me by noooow

You will never, never, never know me
Ooooooo

All the things

That we’ve been throoough

You should understand me

Like I understand you

Now, girl, I know the difference

Between right and wroooong

I ain’t gonna do nothin’

To break up our happy home

Oh, don’t get so excited

I come home a little late at night

‘Cause we only act like children

When we argue, fuss, and fight
If you don’t know me by now (If you don’t know me)
You will never, never, never know me
Oooooo
No, you won’t

If you don’t know me by now

You will never, never, never know me
Ooooooo

We all got

Our own funny mooooods

I’ve got mine

Woman, ya got yours, too

Just trust in me

Like I trust in yoooou

As long as we’ve been together

It should be so eeeasy ta do

Just get yourself together

Or we miiight as well say good-bye

What good is a love affair

When ya can’t see eye to eye, oh
If you don’t know me by now (if ya don’t know me)
You will never, never, never know me
Ooooo
No, you won’t

If you don’t know me by now
You will never, never, never know me
Yoooooooo will never never never know me
Ooooooo

Ooo
If you don’t know me by now
Oooooooooooooooooooo
You will never, never, never know me
Oooooooo

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