About the song

Ah, Conway Twitty – a name synonymous with rich baritone vocals and heartfelt country ballads. Today, we delve into one of his earlier works, a song that showcases Twitty’s burgeoning talent for expressing deep emotions through simple yet powerful lyrics. The song we’re revisiting is Don’t You Know, a track released in 1959 on his album Conway Twitty Sings.

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While not one of Twitty’s chart-topping hits, Don’t You Know offers a glimpse into the early influences that shaped his career. Released before his iconic pairing with Loretta Lynn, the song reflects a simpler time in country music, one where vulnerability and straightforward declarations of love reigned supreme.

Don’t You Know is believed to be co-written by Twitty himself, alongside Jack Nance. This isn’t surprising, considering Twitty’s well-documented songwriting prowess. Throughout his career, he penned many of his own hits, infusing them with a genuine rawness that resonated deeply with audiences.

One can almost imagine a young Twitty, brimming with passion and the desire to prove himself, pouring his heart into this composition. The lyrics are a straightforward plea from a lovestruck man, desperate to secure the affection of his “babe.”

Don’t You Know opens with a simple yet effective line: “Love me, babe. I wanna hold your hand.” This sets the tone for the entire song – a desperate yearning for intimacy and connection. The repetition of “love” throughout the song underscores the urgency of the narrator’s feelings. He doesn’t mince words; he wants his love known, craved, and reciprocated.

The melody itself is a classic country shuffle, punctuated by a prominent steel guitar. This was a staple of the genre in the late 1950s, and it perfectly complements the song’s theme of longing and desperation. The tempo is neither fast nor slow, creating a sense of suspended animation, mirroring the narrator’s state of emotional limbo.

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Don’t You Know may not be a complex song by today’s standards. However, its strength lies in its simplicity. It’s a timeless expression of a universal human experience – the all-consuming power of love and the fear of losing it. Twitty’s passionate delivery elevates the seemingly simple lyrics, transforming them into a potent declaration of devotion.

As you listen to Don’t You Know, pay attention to the way Twitty’s voice cracks with emotion when he sings lines like “That I’d die if you ever go?” It’s a testament to his ability to connect with the listener on a visceral level.

In conclusion, Don’t You Know is a hidden gem in Conway Twitty’s vast discography. It’s a song that serves as a reminder of his early influences and the raw talent that propelled him to superstardom. So, put on your headphones, close your eyes, and let yourself be swept away by the timeless plea of a man desperately hoping his love will be returned – a sentiment that continues to resonate with listeners across generations.

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Lyrics

“Don’t You Know”

Love me, babe
I wanna hold your hand
Tell you’re true
And I’m your loving man

Don’t you know
That I love you so
And that I’d die
If you ever go?

Love me, baby
I wanna hold you tight
Cause I love you
I wanna treat you right

Don’t you know
That I love you so
That I’d die
If you ever go?

Don’t you know?
You know
I love, I love you
I swear
I swear
By stars above you

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I need
I need
I need you so much
I thrill
I feel
To your touch

Love me, babe
I wanna hold your hand
Tell you’re true
And I’m your loving man

Don’t you know
That I love you so
That I’d die
If you ever go?
Yeah

Well, don’t you know?
You know
I love, I love you
I swear
I swear
By stars above you

I need
I need
I need you so much
I thrill
I thrill
To your touch

Love me, babe
I wanna hold your hand
Tell you’re true
And I’m your loving man

Don’t you know
That I love you so
That I’d die
If you ever go?

Tell me, baby
Oh, baby, don’t you know?
Tell me, baby
Baby, don’t you know?
Tell me, baby
Baby, don’t you know?