I've Got You Under My Skin
Les Baxter 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

The lyrics to Les Baxter & His Orchestra's "I've Got You Under My Skin" depict the singer's intense infatuation with someone. The first verse establishes how deeply this person has infiltrated their thoughts and emotions, becoming a part of them. The second verse reveals that despite attempts to resist, the singer is willing to give up anything to be near this person. However, there is a warning voice in their head telling them to wake up to reality and let go. Despite this voice, they cannot resist the hold that this person has on them, and they end the song expressing that they like having them under their skin.


Line by Line Meaning

I've got you under my skin.
You have become a part of me, deeply ingrained in my thoughts and emotions.


I've got you deep in the heart of me.
My feelings for you run deep and are a fundamental part of who I am.


So deep in my heart that you're really a part of me.
Your presence in my life has become integral to my being and identity.


I'd tried so not to give in.
I resisted my feelings for you at first, hoping to avoid the risks of a passionate affair.


I said to myself, this affair never will go so well.
I acknowledged the potential for heartache and turmoil that could arise from getting involved with you.


But why should I try to resist when, baby, I know down well I've got you under my skin?
Despite the risks, I cannot resist the allure of being with you, as my feelings for you run too deep and have taken hold of me.


I'd sacrifice anything come what might For the sake of havin' you near
I am willing to make sacrifices and take risks in order to be close to you.


In spite of a warnin' voice that comes in the night And repeats, repeats in my ear,
I am plagued by doubts and fears about the potential consequences of my feelings for you.


Don't you know, you fool, you never can win? Use your mentality, wake up to reality.
The voice of reason tells me that pursuing you is a losing battle and that I should use my head and see things for what they are.


But each time that I do just the thought of you Makes me stop before I begin
Even when I try to heed the warnings, my deep feelings for you are enough to give me pause before I act on them.


Cause I've got you under my skin.
My feelings for you are so strong and deeply ingrained that they are impossible to shake.


And I like you under my skin.
Despite the risks and doubts, I relish the feeling of having you so deep within me and cannot deny my attraction to you.




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

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Comments from YouTube:

ClarkeMarek

Still one of my favs. :)


(And this was the version that was on Sam and Friends in the late 50's. Although that was before my time. :) )

Todd Carney

My favorite part is the quick, little "Wait for me!"

ClarkeMarek

Sorry, but months later, i have to do it:


On top of ol'Smokey! All covered in snow! You're singing the wrong song!

ClarkeMarek

Sorry, 10 months later, the urge pops up. :)

Glaxeal

Who else is here because of Sam and
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