I Know What I Know
Paul Simon Lyrics


She looked me over
And I guess she thought I was all right
All right in a sort of a limited way for an off-night
She said, "don't I know you from the cinematographer's party?"
I said, "who am I to blow against the wind?"

I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head
I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head

She said, "there's something about you
That really reminds me of money"
She is the kind of a girl
Who could say things that weren't that funny
I said, "what does that mean?
I really remind you of money?"
She said, "who am I to blow against the wind?"

I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head
I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head

She moved so easily
All I could think of was sunlight
I said, "aren't you the women
Who was recently given a Fulbright?"
She said, "don't I know you
From the cinematographer's party?"
I said, "who am I to blow against the wind?"

I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head
I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head

I know what I know
I know what I know
I know what I know
I know what I know

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Written by: Paul Simon, Daniel Shirinda

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Anixbayi Productions

From what little I hear it goes like this in Xitsonga.

“He utatwa kuvavo
Ungo jaha ku rhandza
Naku rhandza majaha”

Which loosely translates to

“you’ll be in pain, because of rushing to love and rushing to love men”



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She looked me over
And I guess she thought I was all right
All right in a sort of a limited way for an off-night
She said,
"don't I know you from the cinematographer's party?"
I said, "who am I to blow against the wind?"

I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head
I know what I know
I'll sing what I said
We come and we go
That's a thing that I keep
In the back of my head

She said, "there's something about you
That really reminds me of money"
She is the kind of a girl
Who could say things that weren't that funny
I said, "what does that mean?
I really remind you of money?"
She said, "who am I to blow against the wind?"

She moved so easily
All I could think of was sunlight
I said, "aren't you the women
Who was recently given a Fulbright?"
She said, "don't I know you
From the cinematographer's party?"
I said, "who am I to blow against the wind?"



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Evan J

This is secretly my favorite track on "Graceland" because absolutely nothing sounds like it. I'll never forget how it hit me when I first heard it as a 7 year old when the album came out. It was like hearing music for the first time and I was never the same after this. This was the track that made me love music. I mean this is a pop tune. You can dance to this joyfully and yet complexity was so integrated. The polyrhythms of the guitars playing off of one another, those stabbing vocals chants sound like they're from another planet, haunting, frightening, powerful. They sounded like they were marching into battle. All these elements and sounds I'd never comprehended before. Couple that with the straight "four on the floor" beat, the bass not even sounding like a bass -- my god Paul, if you read this, I was seven and I wanted to know what that sound was, I wanted to be the guy making that sound. When I first saw Bakhiti for the first time, I knew that was it for me man. I've been playing bass for nearly 30 years. It's saved my life and my soul more than a few times. It got me through the hardest times and it's a gift that started with this album. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

joel husbands

@Thole molapo you definitely know what you know

Nick T.

@Simon Mawson Cultural appropriation is just a naive policy pioneered whites that will only keep us coming from together. It’s so wrong headed.

Nick T.

It’s my favorite in terms if fun. It gets you going.

Simon Mawson

I can only echo what you say. I loved this track so much I tracked down the original General MD Sherinda song…….which reminded me just how great all the Graceland collaborations were, combining those (to me) exotic yet grounded SA grooves with great American melodic storytelling songwriting. Paul Simon got into big trouble with the ANC over the cultural boycott rules….but to me this was not only fantastic music, it was the perfect demonstration as to why apartheid was false. And thankfully this music will last…..

Rob Wood

Same

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Lewis Marroquin

Grew up with this album. Inspired me to make South Africa my second home.

Floydsghost

This is a very memorable album. One of your best

Mike Lee

Kind of envy all who attended the cinematographer's party at this point.

pertjacanape

I assume she only mentions the party to signify her status. She may never have attended.

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