Roxette – You Don’t Understand Me

Notes

Per: Co-written with American songwriter Desmond Child, actually the first song ever to be written with someone from the “outside”. It wasn’t intended to be recorded by Roxette. Desmond came to Halmstad this summer, just to see if we could create something together. He had this idea, I changed it around a bit, and asked Marie to sing on the demo. Then I realized it suited us very well. Marie: You can hear that there are two songwriters working here… it’s like a mix between Europe and the US. Per: Greenland, almost.

– Don’t Bore Us – Get to the Chorus! liner notes, 1995

The only Roxette song to emerge with help from outside the camp. Written by Per and American songwriter Desmond Child (co-responsible for songs like “I Was Made For Loving You” by Kiss and The Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”) in an attempt to “check out some ideas”. They got together in Per and Åsa’s old apartment in Halmstad in the spring of 1995; Desmond smoking a cigar, Per feeding the goldfish.

– The Ballad Hits liner notes, 2002

Versions

Original Version 4:28

I’ve been up all night, you’ve been putting up a fight
Seems like nothing I say gets through
How did this old bed fit a world between me and you?

We said “Goodnight” but the silence was so thick you could cut it with a knife
We’ve hit the wall again and there’s nothing I can do

You’re the one, yeah, I’ve put all my trust in your hands
C’mon and look in my eyes, here I am, here I am

You don’t understand me, my baby
You don’t seem to know that I need you so much
You don’t understand me, my feelings, the reason I’m breathing, my love

But the morning comes and you’re reaching out for me just like everything’s the same
And I let myself believe things are gonna change
When you kiss my mouth and you hold my body close, do you wonder who’s inside?
Maybe there’s no way we could feel each other’s pain

Tell me why it gets harder to know where I stand
I guess loneliness found a new friend, here I am

You don’t understand me, my baby
You don’t seem to know that I need you so much
You don’t understand me, my feelings, the reason I’m breathing, my love
You don’t understand me

You don’t understand me, my baby
You don’t seem to know that I need you so much
You don’t understand me, my feelings, the reason I’m breathing, my love
Oh, you don’t seem to get me, my baby
You don’t really see that I live for your touch

You don’t understand me, my dreams or the things I believe in, my love
You don’t understand me
You don’t understand me
Understand me

  • Words and Music by Desmond Child and Per Gessle
  • Published by Hip Happy

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Acoustic Abbey Road Version

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