I've Got You Under My Skin
Charlie Parker Lyrics


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I've got you under my skin.
I've got you deep in the heart of me.
So deep in my heart that you're really a part of me.
I've got you under my skin.
I'd tried so not to give in.
I said to myself, this affair never will go so well.
But why should I try to resist when, baby, I know down well
I've got you under my skin?

I'd sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of havin' you near
In spite of a warnin' voice that comes in the night
And repeats, repeats in my ear,
Don't you know, you fool, you never can win?
Use your mentality, wake up to reality.
But each time that I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop before I begin
Cause I've got you under my skin.

I would sacrifice anything come what might
For the sake of havin' you near
In spite of the warning voice that comes in the night
And repeats, how it yells in my ear,
Don't you know, you fool, ain't no chance to win
Why not use your mentality, get up, wake up to reality?
And each time I do just the thought of you
Makes me stop just before I begin




Cause I've got you under my skin.
And I like you under my skin.

Overall Meaning

Charlie Parker's "I've Got You Under My Skin" is a timeless love song that expresses the feeling of being deeply in love. The opening line, "I've got you under my skin," is a metaphor for being consumed by love. The singer says that the person they love is so deeply ingrained in their heart that they are a part of them. They admit that they tried not to give in to their feelings, but they couldn't resist this love affair. The lyrics repeat the idea that the singer is willingly sacrificing anything just to be near the person they love. Even though there is a voice in their head warning them about the potential hurt or loss, the singer cannot resist the pull and desire they feel. The singer acknowledges that there is no chance of winning, but they continue to hold onto the hope that their love will be reciprocated.


The song has an interesting rhyming scheme that helps to accentuate the contrasting elements of the lyrics. The rhymes are structured in a way that creates a sense of inevitability and almost desperation. The use of the repeated line "Don't you know, you fool," serves as a refrain that heightens the emotion in the song. Additionally, the melody is layered with different instruments, including piano and saxophone, which helps to emphasize the depth of the singer's emotions.


Overall, "I've Got You Under My Skin" is a beautiful love song that illustrates the all-consuming and sometimes irrational nature of being in love.


Line by Line Meaning

I've got you under my skin.
I have you deeply ingrained in my thoughts and feelings.


I've got you deep in the heart of me.
Your presence is felt intimately in my entire being.


So deep in my heart that you're really a part of me.
You have become an integral part of who I am as a person.


I'd tried so not to give in.
I attempted to resist the temptation of having you.


I said to myself, this affair never will go so well.
I cautioned myself that this relationship will not have a positive outcome.


But why should I try to resist when, baby, I know down well I've got you under my skin?
I see no point in resisting since you have already left a lasting impression on me.


I'd sacrifice anything come what might For the sake of havin' you near
I am willing to give up anything for the chance to be close to you.


In spite of a warnin' voice that comes in the night
Despite the inner voice that cautions me against pursuing this relationship.


And repeats, repeats in my ear, Don't you know, you fool, you never can win?
The voice keeps reminding me that I am destined to lose in this endeavor, but I cannot help myself.


Use your mentality, wake up to reality.
I should use rational thinking to snap out of my delusion and see the situation for what it is.


But each time that I do just the thought of you Makes me stop before I begin
But every time I try, the mere thought of you stops me in my tracks.


Cause I've got you under my skin.
You are so deeply ingrained in me that it is impossible to let go.


And I like you under my skin.
I enjoy having you deeply ingrained in me, even though I know it's not rational.




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Cole Porter

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