I Don't Need You

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"I Don't Need You" is a song written by Rick Christian, and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in June 1981 as the lead single from Rogers album Share Your Love. The song was first recorded and released as a single in 1978 by Rick Christian himself (the song's writer) at Shoe Productions, a recording studio/production company in Memphis, TN, but it failed to chart. Harry Nilsson recorded it in 1979 and released it on his Flash Harry album in 1980, but he did not release it as a single. Madeleine Marks also recorded it for her Self Titled album in early 1981, but did not release it as a single Kenny Rogers had collaborated with R&B/pop singer-songwriter Lionel Richie in 1980 with the song "Lady". After the success of that record, Rogers asked Richie to produce his next album, Share Your Love. Although the original plan was for Richie to write all the songs for Rogers' forthcoming album, the two men agreed to accept songs they both liked for the project which had been written by others. "I Don't Need You", written by Rick Christian, was one of those songs. Chosen as the lead single, "I Don't Need You" spent two weeks at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1981. The song also rose to number 1 on two other Billboard music charts, the country chart as well as the adult contemporary chart. It remained atop the latter chart for six weeks in July and August of that year. 


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I don't need you.
I don't need friendship.
I don't need flowers in the Spring.
I don't need you.
And you surely don't want me.

I don't need love and affection.
I don't peace and harmony.
I don't need you.
And you surely don't need me.

But we both want it bad enough.
Yes, we both want it.  Don't we?
I don't need you baby.
And I know you don't need me.

I don't need your loving arms around me.
All I need is to be free.
That's what I keep telling myself.
And I tell you, you don't need me.

I don't need children in my old age.
No more cluttered leaves around the tree.
And I don't need you baby.
And I know you don't need me.


And we don't need each other, baby.
We don't need each other, baby.
Or do we?

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Kenny Rogers

Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, entrepreneur and author. Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres and topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone. more »

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