You Don't Know Me

Armand Van Helden, Duane Harden

About You Don't Know Me

"You Don't Know Me" (originally titled "U Don't Know Me") is a song by American record producer Armand Van Helden, featuring the vocals from German-American singer Duane Harden. It was released on January 25, 1999 as the lead single from his third studio album, 2 Future 4 U. The creation of the song came about when Helden created a looping track composed of several music samples and left Harden to write and record the lyrics alone. The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in February 1999, where it dethroned The Offspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" off the top spot. It scored Armand Van Helden his first chart-topper in the UK. "U Don't Know Me" peaked at number seven in France and Italy and topped the Canadian RPM Dance chart. This song was sampled by DJ duo Doman & Gooding for their hit single, "Runnin'". 


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You don't even know me
You say that I'm not living right
You don't understand me
So why do you judge my life?

I don't ask for nothing
I'm always holding my own
Every time I turn around, there's something
People talking 'bout what they don't know

And when I try to move on up
They're always pullin' me down
I'm tired and I had enough
It's my life, and I'm living it now

You don't even know me
You say that I'm not living right
You don't understand me
So why do you judge my life?

I always wonder why people try to hurt me
No happiness in their own lives
So they act out all their jealousy
Who are you to say that I'm living wrong?

Always telling me what to do
I decided that I gotta be strong
What makes you think that I needed you?
You don't know me

You don't even know me
You say that I'm not livin' right
You don't understand me
So why do you judge my life

You don't even know me
You say that I'm not living right
You don't understand me
So why do you judge my life?

Who are you?
You say I'm not livin' right
Anything I try to do
You haven't walked in my shoes

I'm gonna move on
It's my life, it's my life
It's my life, it's my life
It's my life, it's my life

Ah

You don't even know me
You say that I'm not living right
You don't understand me
So why do you judge my life?

You don't even know me
You say that I'm not living right
You don't understand me
So why do you judge my life?

You don't even know me

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Armand Van Helden

Armand van Helden (born February 16, 1970) is an American DJ and producer of electro house music from Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of the main proponents of the genre Speed Garage, remixing various artists such as Janet Jackson, Juliet Roberts, KRS One, and Sneaker Pimps among others with this musical style. He is closely linked to the electronic music scene of New York. more »

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Written by: ARMAND VAN HELDEN, DUANE HARDEN, KOSSI GARDNER

Lyrics © Ultra Tunes, BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Release Information
"You Don't Know Me" by Armand Van Helden was released in January 1999.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, the song topped the UK Singles Chart for a week.
Featured Artist
The song prominently features samples from "Dance With You" by Carrie Lucas and it also features vocals from Duane Harden.
Notable Recognition
In 2012, the song was voted as the 15th best dance record of all time by Mixmag readers.
Contribution to Artist's Fame
This song is considered as one of the most notable works by Armand Van Helden, as it helped solidify his position in the dance and house music industry.
For Club and Dance Scene
"You Don't Know Me" is widely recognized as a classic anthem in the club and dance scene.
Music Video
The music video for the song features a series of people dancing in different styles, illustrating the universal appeal of dance music.
Certification
In the UK, "You Don't Know Me" has been certified Gold, signifying sales of over 400,000 copies.
DJ Perception
Many DJ's regard "You Don't Know Me" as one of the signature tracks that define the genre of house music.
Timeless Appeal
Despite its release over two decades ago, "You Don't Know Me" continues to be played in clubs and on radio stations worldwide, demonstrating its enduring popularity.

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